Keowee-Toxaway State Natural Area
Open: Open all year
Number of Sites: 24
About: 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 Carolina’s 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.
For day use, there’s picnicking, shoreline fishing and hiking trails.
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.
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