With its stunning view of the Blue Ridge and woods full of rhododendrons, mountain laurel and wildflowers, Keowee-Toxaway State Natural Area is truly one of South Carolinas pretty places. The Jocassee Gorges Visitor Center exhibits and other visitor information serve as a gatewayto the Jocassee Gorges, roughly 50,000 acres of largely undisturbed, protected land where the Blue Ridge Mountains quickly fall 2,000 feet or more to the Piedmont below. The park features a rental cabin with a porch overlooking Lake Keowee and a courtesy dock. Camping also is available.
This trail offers awesome scenes of the lake and open hardwoods. The trail is nice and very well maintained. It is steep in sections and creates a decent challenge. Don't follow the original track, it's off. The mileage is closer to 4.3 miles if you make it a loop rather than an out and back.
Nice loop. We took the right. I think if we would've taken the left, it may have been a little less uphill. Not that it mattered but I have 3 kids and it was middle of the afternoon, hot and humid. Overall, it's a pretty hike. Several small water creeks, cool little waterfall and cave like area around the natural bridge. Wish I had done an early morning hike.