Upstate South Carolina boasts beautiful Lake Keowee, a 18,500-acre lake with spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. There are more than 300 miles of shoreline for visitors to enjoy during a stay at Lake Keowee.
Lake Keowee Attractions
Water activities such as boating, water skiing and fishing are the No. 1 thing to do in Lake Keowee. The lake is crystal-clear and one of the purest lakes in North America, so it's ideal for water sports and swimming. When you go fishing at Lake Keowee, you may catch bass, bream, crappie or catfish. Be sure to bring along the boat so you can enjoy a day out on the water year-round or go for a canoe or kayak ride. The lake has private access for those who wish to kayak or canoe that's prohibited to motor boats for a relaxing day on the water.
Geocaching is permitted at the park and there are several sites located in Keowee-Toxaway State Park surrounding Lake Keowee. For those who don't know, geocaching is when you use GPS coordinates to located a specially marked box. There are more than 75 species of songbirds that have been reported in the park, so birdwatching is a must for visitors.
Keowee-Toxaway State Park features several hiking, walking and biking trails. The Raven Rock Hiking Trail can be found behind the park office and boasts four miles of pathway for you to explore. If you want to look at the scenery but aren't interested in a long walk, check out the Natural Bridge Nature Trail where there is a 1.5-mile loop. The park's paved roads are perfect for going on an afternoon biking adventure.
Things to Do in Lake Keowee
Dining: Puerto Nuevo Mexican & Seafood, The Lighthouse Restaurant and Mountain View Steak & Seafood are just a few of the restaurants you'll want to visit. Other stops during your stay in the Lake Keowee area should include local farms that sell fresh produce and food including Rose Hill Plantation, Hunter Farm, Split Creek Farm, Happy Cow Creamery and Perdue's Mountain Fruit Farm.
State Parks: Devils Fork, Oconee, Table Rock, Caesar's Head and Jones Gap state parks are just some of several green spaces located in Upstate South Carolina. Also at these parks is where you'll find scenic trails and paths that lead you to some of the most beautiful waterfalls. Lauren Fork Falls and Twin Falls should be at the top of your must-see list as well as Chauga Narrows, Hidden Falls, Lower Whitewater Falls, Riley Moore Falls and Secret Falls.
Sports: When you're staying near Lake Keowee, you're just miles from Clemson University and college athletics. The university features several NCAA teams football, basketball and baseball. If you aren't one for college sports, you can head to one of the many golf courses in the Lake Keowee area. Brookstone Meadows Golf Course, Cross Creek Plantation, Keowee Key Golf & Country Club, Oconee Country Club and The Reserve at Lake Keowee are just some of the fairways you can find during your stay.