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Caesars Head State Park, Cleveland

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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 visited during the fires and still had beautiful views. Watched the water being taken to different fires. Had a little concern for my 79 yo mother but she did just fine with stairs and uneven place...  more »
  • We stopped at Caesars head state park to look at the fires on table rock. This park has a great overlook and we had a good view of the fire. Hope we get some rain soon! 
  • I visited this park years ago and now live on the edge of it. This park is one of those places that should be on everyone's bucket list. Great trails, fantastic views are all a part of it. The lookout...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Love the views, the rocks are great for my little 2 year old to climb on. We had a picnic here. Got stung by a yellow jacket
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • I've been here many times over my life and have always been impressed by the courtesy of the staff here. Everyone I've talked to seems to love their job and care about the park.