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Review of Keowee-Toxaway State Park and Campground in Sunset, SC, and Beautiful Lake Keowee!

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Peeples is on a mission to see every state park in South Carolina.

Mountain view from canoe launch parking.

Mountain view from canoe launch parking.

Things To Do At Keowee-Toxaway State Park

While this park does not offer a motorized boat ramp, it does have a Kayak and canoe launch area that steps right down into the water.

If you enjoy fishing there are locations all around Keowee-Toxaway where you can put your line in the water and try to catch the bass, bream, and crappie that are abundant in Lake Keowee.

Swimming can be found all along the lake. Right next to the launch area there are 2 small beach areas where, on a good day, your family can have a private little shaded getaway.

If you like hiking, the lake has a couple of trails. The Raven Rock Hiking Trail is located behind the park office and is a little over four miles in length. If you are looking for something a bit shorter, the Natural Bridge Nature Trail is a 1½-mile loop located behind the park office. There is primitive camping off of the Raven Rock Hiking Trail.

Map of Area Around Keowee Toxaway State Park

Overview of Amenities

RV Sites

Tent Sites



Canoe/Kayak Launch Area




Picnic Shelters

Hiking Trails

Bird Watching


Keowee-Toxaway Contact Information

Mailing Address:

108 Residence Dr.
Sunset, SC 29685

Phone number:



To make a camping reservation, call toll-free 1-866-345-PARK (7275). Same day reservations must be made by calling the contact number listed above in their contact information. If making reservations over the 866 number you must make a minimum of a two-day reservation. There is a $1.60 per night non-refundable camping reservation fee. Full payment is also due at the time of making the reservation. For Cabin reservations, there is a $3.80 per night non-refundable reservation fee. They only require a 50% deposit due at the time of reservation. The balance is due upon arrival at the park.

Keowee Cabin

Keowee Cabin

Camp Sites and Cabin

Cabins at Keowee-Toxaway State Park -The park only has one large cabin that sleeps 10 people. The cabin is furnished, heated, air-conditioned, supplied with linens, basic cooking and eating utensils, an ice maker, toaster, washer/dryer, satellite television, automatic coffee maker and two fireplaces. The cabin overlooks Lake Keowee with a private boat dock. It also includes a queen bed in two of the bedrooms, a bunk bed and queen bed in the third bedroom and a fold-out sofa in the living room. No pets are allowed in the cabin. No South Carolina State run parks are pet friendly for cabins, sadly.

RV Camping Sites at Keowee-Toxaway - There are 10 paved sites that have individual water and electrical hookups. They can accommodate RVs up to 40 total feet in length. Larger units will likely have difficulty navigating the narrow curvy campground road. There is a dump station on-site, but no dump station at the actual RV site. $16 - $30 nightly.

Tent Camping Sites at Keowee-Toxaway - There are 14 designated tent sites that only have water, no electricity. Each site does have a pad and a fire ring though. Plus they are located in some nice spots. $9 - $14 nightly

Basic Tent Camping - If you don't mind a bit more primitive camping there are three designated camping areas along the Raven Rock Trail. There is no pad and no water, but there is a fire pit and grill at these locations. These are also in really nice spots. $8 per person.

Prices and Hours

Day use at Keowee-Toxaway state park is free. There are no fees unless you want to spend the night. That makes this an even more desirable spot since this lake is so nice! Day use hours are 9 am - 6 pm in the offseason and 9 am - 9 pm during peak season.

Prices for RV and tent camping vary throughout the year. Cost ranges from $9 to $30 per night.

Overall Review of Keowee-Toxaway State Park in Sunset, SC

Keowee-Toxaway State Park is a 25-minute ride from me. It costs us nothing other than the gas to get there. It offers privacy that many of the other local parks do not provide. When we visited Keowee-Toxaway we had our own little private shaded beach area that was perfect for our family of 5. It is hidden away beside the ramp for canoes. If you don't pay attention you will miss it. There are stairs in the woods that lead down to it.

The park appears very clean. I saw no trash except in the water where my son found a couple pieces of glass on the bottom.

The cabin is huge! However, the dock looked very old.

The biggest issue if you plan on staying here for more than day use is there is nothing within 20 minutes of Keowee-Toxaway. There is one small gas station about 15 minutes away that may provide you with the absolute requirements, but if you get hungry, well you're going to have to drive a little.

Overall I like it. It certainly is a nice break for our family who is used to going to the busier parks most of the time.

© 2014 Peeples


Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on June 15, 2014:

Your kids look like they're having a blast!

Peeples (author) from South Carolina on June 15, 2014:

Thank you! Hopefully it is now fixed! I greatly appreciate your help!

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on June 14, 2014:

Peeples, go into your account and edit the video. That's where you add keywords and mark it public or private.

Peeples (author) from South Carolina on June 14, 2014:

Thanks for the heads up I will have to go to youtube and see why. Thanks for reading.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on June 14, 2014:

Peeples, I can't view the video. It's marked at private. Sounds like a nice place to visit tho!