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Section of Jocassee road to remain closed until November

August 27, 2019

Landslides continue to pose a threat to portions of Horsepasture Road in Jocassee Gorges, so a three-mile section will remain closed until November. (SCDNR photo by Mark Hall)

A section of Jocassee Gorges road in northern Pickens County that suffered multiple landslides during heavy April rainfall will remain closed until November while repairs are made.

A three-mile section of the Horsepasture Road section between Bootleg Mountain and the Jocassee dam will remain closed until November. Landslides in the area continue to pose a threat to motorized traffic.

Regular traffic on Horsepasture Road beyond Jumping-Off Rock to the Bootleg access area on Lake Jocassee will not be affected.

The remainder of seasonal-access roads on Jocassee Gorges will not be affected, and gates will be opened Friday, Sept. 13.

Weather permitting, Duke Energy will have a contractor working to start repairing the landslides in mid-September.

The Jim Timmerman Natural Resources Area at Jocassee Gorges is located in northern Pickens County and eastern Oconee County and surrounds Lake Jocassee. It is home to many rare and unusual plants and animals. It was purchased by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) in 1998.

For more information, visit SCDNR’s Jocassee Gorges website at