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Raven Rock Loop Trail is a 4.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Sunset, South Carolina that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 4.2 mi Elevation gain 836 ft Route type Loop
Dog friendly Kid friendly Camping Fishing Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Beach Forest Lake Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife
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A natural bridge with rocky outcrops, a lakeshore campsite, beautiful stream crossing. This is a great quick getaway hike. The trail starts out easily and crosses the Poe creek over a natural granite bridge. The next section is uphill through a boulder field topping out and dropping into a steep valley. You climb out to the top of the ridge and generally ridge walk until the decent to Lake Keowee. There is an excellent campsite on the peninsula but you need to reserve it ahead of time at the ranger station. The way back is a lot of uphill and steep downhill coupled with a nice river crossing. The last leg is uphill and ends at the old church and the parking lot.

Keowee-Toxaway State Natural Area 864-868-2605

From Greenville travel north on hwy 276 to hwy. 11. Proceed west on hwy 11 to first road on right after junction with hwy 133. Trailhead is on the right brhind the old white building.

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Jennifer Triplett
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Beautiful trail with great views and lots of biodiversity. LOTS of inclines and declines, so be prepared for that. And watch out for the palmetto trail split where you can either go towards trail side camping or towards the palmetto trail. Go towards the camping or you’ll be going the wrong way way up the mountain.

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Tom Moersen
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Nice trail with some campgrounds along the lake.

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Thomas Kelliher
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Really enjoyed this hike. The view out over the lake is awesome.

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Amy-Lyn Wichman
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Nice hike yesterday on Raven Rock Trail at Lake Keowee. A couple of small waterfalls that we played in (although beware of snakes almost stepped on one.) Some cool rock formations. Had my two teenage boys & my dog. It was moderate to easy. It was great coming out onto the lake & spending some time swimming! Took us about 3 hrs just the hiking part.

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Gregory Brian
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Kaiden Najera
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HikingGreat!

Well marked and maintained! A few gorgeous views. It’s definitely a good work out with the steep ups and downs

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Emma Castleberry
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decent little walk. you can hear boat noise for most of the hike. I was hoping to swim in the creek but it looked a little foggy to me. tent site 3 at the end of the peninsula's where to be if you want a backpack.

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Missie Hazard
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Great hike minus the bear!

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Abhishek Khanal
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Great trip. Some overgrown weeds and few fallen branches here and there but for the most part trail is well maintained. The view of the lake is gorgeous. It is little steep at the end. We went there early 7:30 AM and encountered few hikers.

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Ajay KC
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Amy Snipes
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My kids and I did this along with the entire natural bridge trail (2 loops connected) and had no issues. The views were spectacular and the couple downed trees were easily hopped saplings. My kids are 6 & 8 for reference. Lots of cool boulders and neat fungi along the way. I would say that the hike up to the lot from the natural bridge is quite steep and definitely works the calves. Will be back again! Saw a few other people but not a lot. We played in the first fall and the lake a bit. Took us about 5 hours to complete both trails with 2 (30 to 45min) water play stops.

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Marci Danzansky
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Amanda Maxwell
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Lots of trees were down. Saw a bear... too close for comfort. Couldn’t do the entire trail due to the natural rock bridge not being fully accessible.

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Jackie Peck
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This is a fantastic trail for several reasons, easy to find and right off the road. Great parking, well-maintained, lake views, and campsites with water and fire rings

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Alex Doukhnai
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Backpacking

Stop by little water lake access to dump rose in the lake Lada took a dump

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Lisa Leszcynski
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Honestly this hike is great! It’s easy and the view is beautiful! Definitely go off trail and go toward the lake ... there’s a little beach to stop at which was beautiful

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Paula Stubblefield
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We started this trail a little before 10am. 4 adults and 2 kids. I do not recommend this trail for little kids, but it’s fine for older kids. Lots of big, beautiful rocks, great lake views, good tree cover the whole time. It took us about 2 1/2 hours. The natural bridge was really cool, and there’s a lot of places to walk around and play in the shallow water.

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Kristen Brown
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My phone died halfway through, but luckily the signs made it pretty easy. I did venture off of the Raven Rock Trail and try out the Palmetto Trail, but ended up on private property. I went early in the morning and must have been the first one on the trail because I was going through spider webs about every moment, which got pretty annoying. Tried running some of it, but mainly ideal for a hike. Really only one good lookout point and the campsites look nice. The rest of the hike is just average.

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Matthew Wiesen
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Be careful of the signs lol. Gets a little tricky once there is a split off for the palmetto trail, can easily end up on the wrong one if you're not paying attention. but otherwise great hike!

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Sean Hogan
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In regards to Gwens comments below: this trail has several spots to relax, swim and Raven Rock is a great overlook. This loop has several smaller waterfalls as well. If you simply march through this hike (or any hike for that matter) you will miss a bunch. There was a small valley filled with ferns, you walk along the lake for a long time, there are plenty of swimming access points to cool off and Raven Rock is a great place to watch the sunset as it faces due west. This is a cool loop with plenty of things to see, you just have to look and enjoy the journey. Short Vid of our hike: https://youtu.be/vmUlVH_xkAc

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Steve G
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great trail. large rock outcropings. n8ce view of lake, nice stream.

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Adrian Taylor
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Great trail, just a little humid today. We started at 9 am and after several water breaks, made it back by 11:30. Would not try this later on in the day unless you plan on going swimming along the lake or at the small falls.

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Gwendolyn Woodward
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7/2/2020 4pm start time, 88F outside My hiking plans didn’t go as planned so I did this trail after Rainbow Falls at Jones Gap State Park. I mention that as a disclaimer... No great views. No big waterfalls. (I knew that going in) Who decided to hike a 4+ mile hike in July when it’s over 85F outside? Me. Do I regret it? Nope. I’m pretty sure I died a little (remember this came after another 4 mile hike) in a good way though. This hike is GREAT for changing up elevation. I’ve done a lot lately that are straight up and straight down. This alternated you going up and down, and it’s a workout. Tough on the legs, but that last half mile to the car is exhilarating. It’s up, it’s fast, and you are so happy to see your car. At least I was. I am very grateful I did this hike and got the experience of elevation changes that I’m not used to. I recommend it for those training for harder hikes, those looking for a good workout, those looking for a challenge, but not for those expecting a spectacular view. Also, there’s no great middle point. Normally I stop in the middle (like on an out and back trail where there’s a halfway point) but there really wasn’t a good resting spot halfway.

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Nancy Delph
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Paddle sports

Kayak from Lakehouse up Eastatoe River 6/30/20. Lesa, Charlie and Nancy 4 hrs dock to dock w stop to get Lesa in boat.

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Mary Ligocki
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Nice trail with Lake Keowee overlook. Closer to 5 miles with the social distancing guidelines. Dogs allowed on leash.

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John Jones
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Great trail!!

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Natasha Hines
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What a gorgeous day! Love all of the river crossings, natural bridge, and the view of the lake.

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Emily Green
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A lot of coverage. Very hot and humid in June. Well groomed trail with some overlook views of the lake. Stream crossings.

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Gauri Kulkarni
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Great views. There is lake access for swimming and water activities. Due to covid, trails are done in the clockwise direction which ensures relatively less traffic. It is an easy and nice trail.

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Ian Pedlow
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Pretty good amount of ups and downs, trail was a bit muddy when we went through, but it rained a lot this week. Great views and relatively easy!

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