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Table Rock State Park, Pickens

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.7/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web
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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  • Our family of four (including 12YO son & 9YO daughter) had a great time camping and hiking at Table Rock! It's a very popular place, with weekend camping booked solid in October by the time we decided...  read more »
  • We hiked the Table Rock Trail this past weekend (10/8/16). The weather was perfect and the trail was well marked and good shape. A little crowded; but overall a great day! The trail rises 2,200 feet t...  read more »
  • I concur with pharmcat56 review! This is an amazing, but difficult hike. My husband read somewhere that it it the most strenuous hike in SC! Some sections feel like you are walking up flights and flig...  read more »
  • Enjoyed a walk to Carrick Creek Falls to enjoy the vista. A great place to rent a cabin, pitch a tent, swim in the lake, cool down in a mountain stream or hike one of several trails. Definitely on my top 10 list.
  • 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.
  • We really love this state park. We attended an event and ended our afternoon in the lake. We have enjoyed a guided hike in the past and cookouts. The one thing we would like to do is camp there! Admission is pretty cheap, so check it out one day!
  • This is the best of the best. We have hiked it a bunch of times, 30 or so and it never gets old! We went to Chimney Rock the day before this year and there is no comparison to between the two! The trail is somewhat hard, just wear good shoes and a bunch of water and you will be good to go!
  • I have a 16 year old and a 6 year old they both enjoyed the hike we took. My 16 only used his phone to take pictures. It was an awesome trip. This was my kids' first mountain sun set.
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