About Keowee - Toxaway State Natural Area
Drive In, Boat In
Keowee - Toxaway State Natural Area is located in South Carolina
4 Reviews of Keowee - Toxaway State Natural Area
There are 3 trailside primitive campsites that are on a peninsula overlooking Lake Keowee. Although only one of them is considered on the shore, they are all within walking distance (down a little hill) from the shore. But make sure to check the water level; I’ve had to help push boats back into the water a few times and there has also been instances when our canoe floated off when the water rose. Parts of the trail feature waterfalls and overlooks onto the lake which is a great photo opportunity. Apart from hiking in, there is a canoe/kayak ramp available about 1/2 mile to the campsites. There is also a rentable cabin, paved primitive/RV campsites, and a bath house available.
There is a short path from the camp sites down to the lake. If you want to go swimming there are only a couple of locations that you can hang out for the day and swim. If you want one of these make sure to get there early. There is not a true boat ramp here either, we saw several people that came with power boats trying to launch and the ramp here is more suitable for kayaks and canoes.
Camped here for 2 nights, 2 girls and 2 dogs. Like most other campgrounds, the tent areas are right next to each other. Luckily though T-3 was set back a little so we had some space, but did have to walk between our two neighbors to get to our car. It was not a big campground which was nice. The bathrooms were pretty good for a park. The 2 trails were basically just one connected to the other but a good distance, especially with how strenuous they were. My only real disappointment was the nonexistent beach area. I had read online that there was a small shoreline access/beach area but the only access was wide cement steps going into the water, right next the launch area. We did however drive down about 2 miles to another area that had some beach (Fall Creek). I felt very safe here and the ranger regularly drove around the sites. Lots of dogs and everyone seemed to be respectful of the rules.
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Located in Sunset Sc, near Clemson and Easley, this park is one of our favorites off of the Cherokee foothills scenic Hwy 11.