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Keowee Toxaway State Park
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Reservations: 864-868-2605
This 1,000-acre park features outstanding rock outcroppings and views of the Foothills and Blue Ridge mountains. Rhododendron, mountain laurel and other mountain vegetation can be found along the streams in the park.

A museum tells the story of the Cherokee Indians who once roamed this area and their relationship with the European settlers of South Carolina.

A large rental cabin in a wooded area features an upper deck porch overlooking Lake Keowee and a private floating courtesy dock.

Other facilities include picnic areas with shelters, a campground, lake fishing and trails.
South Carolina offers a variety of Park Passports. You can read more about the South Carolina Park Passports and order online by visiting the SOUTH CAROLINA PARK PASSPORTS web page.
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1. Keowee Toxaway State Park offers a natural swimming area in Lake Keowee.
2. No lifeguards are on duty, so swim at your own risk.
3. Swimming is allowed during park hours from dawn to dusk.
4. The lake's clear water provides excellent visibility for swimmers and snorkelers alike.
5. There are no designated swimming pools within the state park; only open-water options exist here.

6. The shoreline of the lake also allows visitors to relax after their swim or picnic by its side.

7. Swimming areas can be accessed via several trails leading down to the waterfront.

8. Water shoes may be beneficial due to rocky terrain underfoot in some parts of the lake.

9. Pets must remain leashed if brought near any body of water including Lake Keowee.

10. Remember that alcohol consumption while swimming isn't permitted as per South Carolina law.

Enjoy fishing in a serene environment with options for both bank and boat angling. The park's waters are home to several species of fish including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie, catfish and bream. Boat ramps provide easy access for anglers looking to explore deeper waters. Fishing licenses are required before casting your line into the water.

Keowee Toxaway State Park offers scenic picnic areas with tables and grills, overlooking the lake. Restrooms are available nearby.
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Education Center: The park museum includes displays on the history and culture of the Cherokee Indians and the story of their relationship with European settlers of South Carolina.

The center also includes limited souvenir items.

Hours of operation: Memorial Day to Labor Day: Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Monday & Tuesday the museum is open form 11 a.m. to noon & 4 to 5 p.m.

From September to May the museum is open daily from 11 a.m. - noon & 4 - 5 p.m.
The park offers birding trails where visitors can spot various species like warblers, vireos and woodpeckers. Birdwatchers might also see raptors such as hawks or eagles around the lake area. The diverse habitats within the park attract a wide range of birds throughout different seasons.

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General Directions: Twelve miles northwest of Pickens at the intersection of SC 133 and SC 11 at Lake Keowee.

Driving Directions: 12 mi. N.W. of Pickens at the intersection of SC 11 and SC 133

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