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Toxaway Campsite on Lake Jocassee Two or One Night Option.

Blue Ridge Backpackers
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PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO THE DETAILS: This is a one or two night option meaning you can come in on Friday or Saturday and leave when you want.

The Toxaway campsite is a fan favorite. Not only is it on beautiful Lake Jocassee, it's located where the Toxaway Creek and Toxaway River converge into the lake. There is a 226' suspension bridge crossing the river which in itself is something to behold.

I did the bootcamps here four years ago as it's the perfect place to get in shape. The hike in is only 5 miles but the campsite is near the base of the infamous Heartbreak Ridge. Nearly 500 timbered steps straight up. And, if that's not enough to get your blood flowing, just head south on the Foothills Trail and you'll encounter one of the longest and most steep sections of the entire trail. The hike out has enough elevation gain to get your cardio on as well.

Sound like too much work? Then just throw a cheap, inflatable float in your pack and plan on relaxing on the lake all day. Or do a combination of both.

We did have some kayak in the last time so that's an option as well and one that you'll have to plan out among yourselves.

You can also choose to hike in or out via the Auger Hole Trail and add an additional 6 miles to your trip. Just follow the Auger Hole Trail from the Frozen Creek Access (same as the Canebrake for the first .75 miles) and turn left on the Foothills Trail.

So, hopefully you paid attention to the details.

To get to the trailhead: Go to the Frozen Creek Entrance of Gorges State Park. From the intersection of HWY 178 and HWY 64 in Rosman NC, drive west on HWY 64 appr. two miles and turn left on Frozen Creek RD. The entrance is three miles on the right.

I will be going in on Friday morning around 10AM and hiking out on Sunday around noon. Please note your intentions in the comments.

Hike in: 5 miles via the Canebrake Trail (yellow diamonds) and 11 miles in on the Auger Hole Trail (orange diamonds). The Canebrake is mostly downhill the last half and will be more strenuous on the return. If you opt for the Auger Hole, it is less traveled and you will have a couple of wet crossings including the Toxaway River.

I recommend bringing a float to relax on the lake.

Using google maps, type in Frozen Creek Access Gorges State Park.