Problems with a twisted ankle have limited my camping trips for the past few months. I’ve had to stay pretty close to home, other than five days in one of Barnwell State Park’s luxurious cabins a few weeks ago. (Click here to see the cabin if you missed that post.)
Well, that couldn’t last. Especially during this beautiful South Carolina September weather. So last week I spent three days at Keowee-Toxaway State Park. This is one of South Carolina’s most beautiful parks. An ideal place to RV camp. Click here for posts on an August 2011 visit.
The only disadvantage of this park for me is its distance from Columbia. It takes nearly three hours to get there. And much of that is spent driving along super-highways I-26 and I-385. It’s not until after Greenville the road becomes interesting.
Complaints about the lack of natural and social scenery along super highways is nothing new here. But look at this! Right in the parking lot of that left-exit rest area on I-385 where I’d stopped to wash my hands. An enormous fiberglass Holstein cow atop a small green trailer. Turns out this is one of several dairy cow displays sponsored by the Pet Milk Company. You can imagine the crowd it attracted.
Keowee-Toxaway really is spectacular. The Park’s 1,000 acres are divided by Highway 11. Also known as the Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway. That road alone is reason enough to visit. Click here for some information this scenic highway from Wikipedia. Save some time during your visit to drive up and down. Some of the views are breathtaking.
In March 2009 I hiked Keowee-Toxaway’s Natural Bridge trail. Click here for the post. This trail is ideal for elder-hiking, as I recall. Rated moderate to strenuous by the Park Service. Well, that was a mistake. Not the trail’s fault. The offending ankle wasn’t quite ready for even moderate trail hiking. So I had to turn around just at the end of the section you see in the photo above. Didn’t get to see the improvements the Park folks have made a bit farther down. Next time, for sure!
But at Keowee-Toxaway even the RV campground is set in a beautiful natural area. Here’s a short video. Enjoy.