Keowee-Toxaway State Natural Area

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Keowee-Toxaway State Natural Area

South Carolina

(864) 868-2605

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Things To Do

Overview

The Keowee-Toxaway State Natural Area is known by guests from far and wide for its amazing views of the Blue Ridge. The forests here are chock full of gorgeous rhododendrons, mountain laurel and wildflowers. The Keowee-Toxaway State Natural Area is definitely one of South Carolina's most beautiful spots to enjoy the outdoors. The park's museum also is a haven for history lovers, which offers exhibits and information that tell the story of the Cherokee people. This tribe lived here first, and the museum depicts their complex relationship with the European settlers. Guests who visit the area can also rent a cabin with a porch that overlooks Lake Keowee, as well as a courtesy dock. Camping also is available for those who enjoy being more up close and personal with nature. During the day, guests can enjoy picnicking, shoreline fishing and hiking trails that wind throughout the Natural Area. Visit this natural wonder today!

Map of Keowee-Toxaway State Natural Area (SC)

Latitude, Longitude: 34.931682, -82.884636

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Activities

  • Boating

    Boat access to Lake Keowee is five miles from the park.

  • Camping

    Tent and RV camping available. To make a camping reservation, call 1-866-345-PARK. Note: Camping reservations must be made for at least 2 nights. You must make a reservation request directly through the park if you request less than 1 day before check-in.

  • Fishing

    A half-mile trail provides access to Lake Keowee where guests enjoy fishing for bass, bream, crappie and catfish. A valid South Carolina fishing license is required.

  • Hiking

    Hiking Trails: The Raven Rock Hiking Trail is located behind the park office and is a little over four miles in length.

  • Picnicking

    For day use, there's picnicking, shoreline fishing and hiking trails.

  • RVing

    Ten paved sites have individual water and electrical hookups and can accommodate RVs up to 40 feet total vehicle length. Larger units will have difficulty navigating the campground road. If you have any concerns or questions regarding your unit, please contact the park directly.

    The designated tent area includes 14 sites with central water and individual tent pads and fire rings.

    The campground is convenient to restroom facilities with hot showers.

Seasonality/Weather

Office Hours: 11am-noon & 4pm-5pm; Days and Hours of Operation: Sa-Th 9am-6pm; Fri 9am-8pm (extended to 9pm M-Su during Daylight Savings Time)

Directions

Driving

From I-85: Take exit 40 onto Hwy 153 toward Easley. Go N on Hwy 153 for 5 mi. Merge onto Calhoun Memorial Hwy/Hwy 123 and drive for 2.5 mi. Hwy 123 becomes Hwy 93/Main St. continue to drive 3 mi. Go onto Hwy 8 and continue for 6 mi. Turn left onto Hwy 183 and then turn right onto Hwy 178 and drive 8.5 mi. Turn left onto Hwy 11 and drive 8.5 mi. Look for park signs.

From I-85 near the GA border: Take exit 1 onto Hwy 11 and drive 38.5 mi and look for park signs.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(864) 868-2605

Campground reservations

(866) 345-7275

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