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.

Enjoyable trail, and the over look is beautiful. Also takes you up the edge of the water.

I went to hike this trail for a sunrise early morning walk. Just wanted to give everyone a heads up. This state park is only open from 9AM-9PM. The park is actually a manned park, that closes a gate to enter to the trailhead. Needless to say, I didn't get to enjoy the hike. So only offering 3 stars since it's not a typical sunrise-sunset type of hours.

Well maintained, free to park, great views, and my 6 and 8 year old kids loved it. There is a park ranger store with restrooms and info. I also thought the primitive campsites where nice, with sandy beaches on lake keowee.

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2 months ago

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3 months ago

A hidden gem in upstate South Carolina. Well-marked and well-maintained trail. Consists of two loops laid end-to-end, so you can hike only one loop for 1.5 miles if you are not up to the full 4 mile journey. The secluded northern part of the park is my favorite section of the loop. Features a small but hard-to-see natural bridge and a fantastic overlook of Lake Keowee. Also several nice rock outcrops and small waterfalls.

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4 months ago

Great trail that combines great forest views with an awesome stretch of lakeside scenery. Short hike at less than five miles but has some good climbs and descents. Highly recommend.

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4 months ago

on Raven Rock Loop Trail

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5 months ago