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2020 Devils Fork State Park First Day 5K

Devils Fork State Park
161 Holcombe Circle
Salem SC 29676

Date: 01/01/20
Time: 01:00 PM


Devils Fork First Day 5K Ranger Run
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Closed for Registration Closed Dec. 31, 2019, 5 p.m.
First Day Kids 1 Mile Run
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Closed for Registration Closed Dec. 31, 2019, 5 p.m.
2020 SC State Park 5K Series - All 6 Races
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Closed for Registration Closed Dec. 31, 2019, 5 p.m.
Event Director Info

James Stanton
South Carolina State Parks


2020 South Carolina State Parks Come Out & Play 5K Series


On January 1st, 2020 become an Ultimate Outsider by racing along the park rangers inside Devils Fork State Park. The Ranger Run 5K course follows the paved road inside Devils Fork State Park from the main picnic area to the remote boat ramp and back again.  

All ages, ability and experience levels are welcome to run with the rangers!  This 5K road race is open to walkers, joggers, runners, strollers, assisted wheel chairs, independent wheel chairs, and dog walkers.  We encourage everyone to participate.  This course is fun but challenging, and will take you over the hills inside Devils Fork State Park down to the shoreline of Lake Jocassee and back to the picnic area.  The Ranger Run 5K starts at 1 PM.

We will also have a kid's one mile fun run that will start at 12 PM on January 1st, 2020.  This race will take place prior to the start of the Ranger Run 5K, and is intended for children 12 and under who are not quite ready for a 5K.

As part of our First Day Hike Series at state and national parks across the United States, we will also be providing a Park Ranger guided trail hike on the Oconee Bell Nature Trail (approximately 1.1 miles) at no cost.  There is no registration for the First Day Hike, just bring comfortable hiking boots or shoes and dress for the weather.  The guided nature hike also starts at 1 PM.

Stick around for the Loon Lunge, our version of the polar bear club, and jump into chilly Lake Jocassee after the race and hike!  The annual Loon Lunge will commence after all runners and hikers have finished (approximately 2:30 PM).

Pets are permitted for the Ranger Run 5K, the ranger led guided hike and the Loon Lunge, but pets must be on a leash at all times.

The cost to participate in the First Day Ranger Run 5K is $25 per person plus registration fees, or the Kid's One Mile Fun Run is $10 plus registration fees per child 12 and under.  All entry fees/donations to participate in the First Day 5K Ranger Run and/or the Kid's One Mile Fun Run support the Friends of Jocassee and Devils Fork State Park.  T-shirts will be available for all 5K and kid's one mile run participants, as well as prizes and giveaways for top place 5k participants and all runners in kid's one mile race. 

*Costs for same day registration increase to $30 plus registration fees for the Ranger Run 5K and $15 plus registration fees for the kid's one mile fun run.* 

We encourage you to come out and get some exercise on the first day of the year, support a great park and a beautiful area, and have fun with the Devils Fork State Park Rangers and the Friends of Jocassee!  Live up to your New Year's resolution, or just come jump in the lake!


You can also register for all six of the South Carolina State Park's Come Out & Play 5K races and pay for only five of them!  Not only are we offering a discount for those who register for all six races, but we will also be giving away some great prizes for the top place male & female finishers who complete all six races at all six parks.  From park passports to weekend and week long cabin rentals, you can be in the running for some great prizes at some of the most special parks in South Carolina.  We will have something special for everyone who completes the 2020 Come Out & Play 5k series!  Don't miss out on the chance for some great prizes.  Sign up for all six races before the First Day 5K event on January 1st, 2020!

For more information, please contact Jim Stanton, South Carolina State Parks Program Coordinator, by calling (864) 918-8475 or at

Lodging at the villas and camping is available at Devils Fork State Park, please contact (864) 944-2639 or visit  to make reservations for the New Year's Day weekend.  Use promo code 5KSAVE20 for a discount of 20% off when making your reservations for villas or campsites for the Ranger Run 5K.  Promo Code is valid only from December 31, 2019 through January 2, 2020.

Bring or pick up your Ultimate Outsider Guide Book and get your Devils Fork Stamp and visit several other nearby South Carolina State Parks after the race and loon lunge!

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The Ranger Run 5K is the first of six scheduled events for the 2019 South Carolina State Parks Come Out & Play 5K Race Series, which includes these 5Ks:

  • January 1, 2020 at 1:00 PM– Devils Fork State Park –   First Day 5K Ranger Run & Loon Lunge
  • February 22, 2020 at 10:00 AM – Sadlers Creek State Park - Fox Squirrel 5K
  • March 14, 2020 at 10:00 AM – Hickory Knob State Resort –   Leprechaun Leap 5K
  • April 4, 2020 at 10:00 AM – Huntington Beach State Park - Gator Gauntlet 5K
  • May 2, 2020 at 10:00 AM – Sesquicentennial State Park –   Spring Into Sesqui 5K
  • June 6, 2020 at 10:00 AM – Oconee State Park – Hill Hoppin' 5K


Be a part of the fun by entering in one or as many races as you like.  All races will be held rain or shine, and are meant to be a fun experience for anyone.  You can race as hard as you want, or just take a stroll through the park.  Please join us in visiting and supporting your beautiful South Carolina State Parks.



The First Day 5K Ranger Run, guided park ranger hike and the Loon Lunge will take place even in the event of inclement weather, unless weather and/or conditions inside the park are deemed unsafe by park staff.  Cancellations will be made as conditions are assessed, and notificiations will be sent out, however, no refunds will be provided in the event that the race is cancelled due to dangerous weather and/or site conditions.  Please dress accordingly for weather conditions for the run and/or hike, and be prepared by bringing additional clothing if you plan on participating in the Loon Lunge.

Packet Pickup:

No pre-race packet pick-up is required.  The kid's fun run starts at 12 PM and the 5K Ranger Run starts at 1 P.M., so please arrive early to check-in, get your bib, and T-shirt, and get ready!  If you plan on joining us for the Loon Lunge, bring suitable clothing to get wet and then get warm!  Same day registration cost is $30 cash only for the Ranger Run, $15 for the Kid's one mile.

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