Top of Toxaway Falls
8-4-17 The northern end of Gorges State Park borders US64 as you are heading west through Lake Toxaway. The road passes over the top of Toxaway Falls on the Toxaway River, and there's a nice wide shoulder on the dam side to pull over, park, and take a look. Lake Toxaway is on the upper side of the road. On the opposite side of the road, Toxaway Falls spills and slides over some very colorful bedrock in a 240' change in elevation before the river disappears into the forest. The river then flows for over 6 miles through the park before emptying into Lake Jocassee. Along the way is some of the most awesome scenery and rugged terrain that you will see anywhere! There are numerous waterfalls and many more smaller cascades, but none are easy to get to.
Back up at the top of Toxaway Falls, the boundary between the park and private property runs right down the middle of the river. So looking down, the left half is Gorges SP property. (The right side is condos and they will have you arrested if you trespass.) Any trees with yellow on them in this area indicate park boundary. If you plan on doing any exploring on the Gorges State Park side of the river, you should contact the park and let them know. A private security firm (not affiliated with the park) patrols and reports vehicles with no one around to the park. At the very least, leave a note on your dashboard stating where you are and when you plan to be back at your vehicle.
I've explored different sections of the river at different times and the following photos are from the various trips. They begin at Toxaway Falls and head down river as far as Step Around Falls below Auger Hole Rd. The first page of photos is just Toxaway Falls.
Next stop is Twin Falls. Click to continue the Toxaway River tour.
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