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Table Rock State Park, Pickens

#10 of 45 in Nature in South Carolina
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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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  • Great trails and picnic areas. Sort of expensive for just a drive thru. You pay by person ... should be pay by car ... especially if it is just a 'drive thru' for pictures, etc.  more »
  • We rented a two room cabin off season. It was breathtaking. Mountain views and a large pond. The cabin was spacious and very clean. We can't wait to go back again!  more »
  • Upon arrival we checked in at the Country Store and encountered the lovely employees and volunteer. The camp site was spacious enough for two tents, they were a little close in distance to others, but...  more »
  • When I came here I was blown away. The facilities were super clean, there was ample parking, and the views once I hiked to the top of table rock were amazing. So amazing in fact, that this was where I proposed to my then girlfriend. If you want breathtaking views this is definitely the place to come.
  • This place is awesome. So much to do....Make sure the kids bring their suits plenty of places for them to take a dip! The park has a lake to swim in as well as a playground for the kids to run around. You can also camp here either in a cabin or your own tent!
  • What a shame. We made reservations to camp at Table Rock campground for Memorial day weekend. We had camped at Devils Fork State Park 15 miles away the previous weekend and loved it there. There was night and day difference between the two even though both are SC state parks. Table Rock State Park campground has so much potential and could be wonderful but: All the common areas are grown up and in bad need of weed eating. The paved roads in the campground are in terrible shape. There are many areas of broken pavement that could easily damage a camper tire. There are many low lying branches that could catch on antennas and AC units on tops of RV's. At least 75% of the campsites were badly washed out with gullies and bare mud where there used to be gravel. The campsites need to be bordered with timbers or RR ties and leveled out with pea gravel. We arrived around 7pm the first day of our stay. The campground host was very gruff and not friendly at all. However, a young female park range came around while we were setting up and checked us in and gave us our vehicle pass right at the campsite. She was very polite and nice. We came to this campground for the hiking trails up table rock mountain. Those were nice but the campground needs some serious work. As I write this on Memorial day week probably only 10% of the campsites are taken. Most campgrounds would be booked up with a waiting list. They need to wake up and do some maintenance. Go down the road to Devils Fork State park and see how they do it. That state park is full this weekend.
  • Awesome park but lame experience. This is a beautiful park with nice facilities but we had a bad experience. The window of our vehicle was busted out and a purse and personal items stolen while parked at the lake in broad day light then a month later I'm hit with $70 credit card charge. Talk about being kicked while your down not sure what we did to deserve this. Customer service at SC state parks couldn't be worse they had no real explanation and couldn't find anyone that had 'authorization' to fix it. Told me it was my fault must have clicked on the wrong thing when I made my reservation. Lots of waterfalls and the trails are gnarly as can be but campers beware!!
  • Great park. It is easy to get on the foothills trail from the parking area. There is a great lake for swimming, and the camping areas are well kept.