Very mature campground (we stayed in the camper area). Lots of shade and campsites are decently spaced apart. The only negative I would say is that in our area there wasn’t a lot of flat roads for our smaller kids to bike, etc. Bathrooms are super nice and clean.
Keowee-Toxaway has a regular RV/tent campground as well as a cabin you can rent and 4 hike-in campsites. We stayed in the hike-in sites. Site #3 is closest to the water. It’s about a 2-mile hike to the campsites, or you can boat in. It’s about a 5 minute paddle from the non-motorized landing. It’s a very pretty area but be careful as there are many boats and jet skis in the area as well. You can also walk a little ways down and there’s a rock that many people jump off of. There are many houses and boats so it can get a little loud but overall it’s a nice area.
The bathrooms and showers in the main campground are clean, and they put in a new dumpster. The park rangers come through the campground to check on things, and they lock the main gates at night (which they give you the code when you check in so you can leave if you want to). Overall it’s a small but clean park, and we love coming here!
This was my first backpacking trip without a guide. The trail was relatively short, but the hills were bigger than expected. However, the payoff at the trailside campground is incredible. The sites are out on a point on Lake Keowee. It doesn't feel truly wild (you can see houses and a golf course across the lake), but the sunsets and sunrises are beautiful. You can hear boats while you are there. We went in the fall, but in the warmer months the swimming opportunities would be great!
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.
Located in Sunset Sc, near Clemson and Easley, this park is one of our favorites off of the Cherokee foothills scenic Hwy 11.