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Table Rock State Park, Pickens

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Table Rock State Park is a 3083acre park at the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains in northern Pickens County, South Carolina. The park includes Pinnacle Mountain, the tallest mountain totally within the state.Park FeaturesThe park features a lodge restored by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) that includes a kitchen and a 72-seat dining room. There are two park lakes with seasonal swimming permitted and hiking trails that lead to the Pinnacle Mountain Summit (two routes), Mill Creek Falls, and the summit of Table Rock. A nature center offers educational programs, and there are picnic shelters and a playground.TrailsThe 1.9mi Carrick Creek Nature Trail loops around two creeks with small cascades and waterfalls and displays wildflowers in season.The 3.5mi Table Rock Summit Trail is moderately strenuous rising, 2000ft above the trailhead and includes a shelter built by the CCC. At approximately 2.5mi, the trail forks, the left fork following a ridge trail to Pinnacle Mountain and the right fork to the summit at 3124ft. The trail ends at an overlook with a view of Table Rock Reservoir and Caesars Head.The park is the eastern trailhead of the 80mi Foothills Trail through the Blue Ridge Escarpment.HistoryPrior to the signing of the Hopewell Treaty of 1785, the land now encompassed by Table Rock State Park was part of the Lower Cherokee Nation. The Cherokee called the area, "Sah-ka-na-ga," the Great Blue Hills of God, and they established many hunting camps in the area.
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  • I go to Table Rock to hike the 3.6 mile (each way) Table Rock Mountain hike. It is reputed to be the toughest trail in the state. Having hiked almost all of the trails in Upstate SC I would have to ag...  more »
  • We were there this past weekend for a camping trip. We had fun and the park offers a lot to do my only problem was with the Bath House. It was never serviced the whole time we where there, so the floo...  more »
  • Excellent state park facilities and beautiful scenery. Be aware that if you choose the Table Rock trail the park labels the trail as "Strenuous". that is putting it mildly. It is indeed a challenging ...  more »
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  • The quintessential state park complete with stunning trails, original CCC buildings, and great programming. The Table Rock Trail is a must-hike, but watch out for snakes in the warmer months. The trail itself is in good shape with only minor erosion in places. Portions of it are very steep but do have steps cut into the rock. The view at the top is magnificent and there are places to see every angle from the top of Table Rock. Look out for their seasonal moonlit guided hikes for a truly unique night-hiking experience.
  • Well maintained for numbers that visit the park. Connects to Foothills trail. Doesn't have as much old growth as Mountain Bridge, but nice.
  • Absolutely gorgeous! Amazing views! Highly recommend a day or weekend away here. Be sure to take plenty of water if wanting to do the longer trails. Very hard & strenuous but well worth the hike.
  • One of the best hikes in SC/NC area . The view point on both ends of the ridge is stunning !
  • Amazing how much fun 5 kids can have on a diving board. We hiked, went on a night paddle at sunset (highly recommended), fished, played in the rec hall, took out paddle boats, etc. There was never so much excitement though than when the kids first saw the diving boards in the swim area. Really great. The country store has ample supplies if you forget anything. The bathrooms are clean and the showers are hot. The park staff is friendly and courteous. The trails are beautiful and well kept.