24. Salem, SC
Why go: The Blue Ridge Mountains offer compelling competition for New England’s foliage. Devils Fork State Park sits in South Carolina’s Upcountry and offers the only public access point to Lake Jocassee, a 9,000-acre, 385-foot-deep reservoir that’s home to the greatest biodiversity on the East Coast. Catch the bursts of fall color reflecting in the unusually clear water, or observe the changing trees from a hiking trail.
Where to stay: Within the park are 20 fully furnished villas (a two-night minimum stay is required), all with kitchen appliances, basic cooking supplies, heat and AC, satellite TV, and complimentary Wi-Fi. If that sounds too cushy, there are two campgrounds near the shores of Lake Jocassee.
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