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Caesars Head State Park, Cleveland

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4.7/5 based on 260+ reviews on the web
Caesars Head State Park is a park in northern Greenville County, South Carolina, that borders Transylvania County, North Carolina, and is reached via US 276. The eponymous rock formation, one of the highest points in Greenville County, is a granitic gneiss outcrop at 3,208ft above sea level on the Blue Ridge Escarpment of the Blue Ridge Mountains and rests roughly 2000ft above the Piedmont below. (The origin of the name “Caesars Head” is disputed, though the outcrop was most probably named for an early mountaineer’s dog.) Caesars Head State Park and Jones Gap State Park are jointly administered by the state Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism as part of the Mountain Bridge Wilderness.HistoryIn 1825 the state engineer and noted architect Robert Mills described Caesars Head as a "mass of granite, rising from the vale, through which a rapid river winds its turbulent way...the ledges of stone, rising almost perpendicular, and at length, hanging over at top, so that they seem to totter to their fall."After the completion of the Jones Gap Road in 1848, a former state senator, Benjamin Hagood, purchased about 2,400 acres around Caesars Head where he built a summer cottage, and later a hotel, “to take advantage of the area’s cool breezes, moderate temperatures, and breath-taking views.” The hotel closed in 1862, and Hagood died in 1865, leaving the property to his daughter Eliza and her husband, Dr. Francis Miles, the first physician in Pickens County. During the Civil War, the area was frequented by deserters from the Confederate Army, but by 1876 the Mileses were operating a health resort on the mountain.
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  • We stopped by Caesar's Head for the views. The we took the Raven's Cliff Falls train which is a moderate walk of under 2 miles each way. The trails and views are beautiful. There are two views one in ...  read more »
  • Though a little far of a drive, this is a must see! Finding the entrance is not difficult, and the hour the park is opened are quite long. I suggest getting there when the sun starts going down to get...  read more »
  • There are many trails and parking stops to enjoy along Jones Gap to Caesars Head State Park. I enjoyed the short, yet peaceful Frank trai (across the street from parking). It ends with a waterfall and...  read more »
  • Ceasars Head is an awesome place to visit for the day. If you aren't into hiking there are still things for you to enjoy. Highway 276 is a beautiful twisting drive through the park, and at the crest you can stop at the overlook. There is a nice gift shop/visitor's center there as well picnic areas. The view from the overlook is spectacular. Definitely stop by Raven's Cliff falls if you're into hiking.
  • Gorgeous views from the lookout area of Table Rock and surrounding areas. I haven't hiked any of the trails in that area but would love to do that soon. The parking area near the lookout with the gift shop and restrooms is nice too, and there are several picnic tables in that area too. Very nice from the little bit of the park I've seen.
  • Beautiful views and the drive up is nice. After you enjoy the view take a little walk down the stairs and through a crack in the mountain (about 5 min) to see a better view of Caesar's Head. Don't miss Bald Mountain on your way back down.
  • This is a gorgeous park with many nice trails in varying difficulty. And on the off chance you slip and hurt yourself the park service is very quick to respond. They're good people.
  • Awesome views abound here, you won't be disappointed. The observation deck is easy to get to - no hike. There are several trails here also but you have to cross the main road to get to them. Check out the Frank Coggins trail, it's a moderate short hike that overlooks a waterfall!
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