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.Use our Pickens online itinerary planner to visit Table Rock State Park on your trip to Pickens, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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While there are a few trails at Table Rock, I'm reviewing probably the easiest one that loops from the main office. And I say easiest, though it's still a good workout. The Carrick Creek Loop is about... more »
The campground is well maintained with good amenities, the campsites are superb and the trails are great. Hope to return next summer. more »
We have been here several times and always more to see, Great trails from easy to difficult. short to many miles long. It attaches to the Foothills trail. Swimming lake and much more.Hike to the top o... more »
I had my wedding at the Table Rock Lodge in July. The view from the balcony is breathtaking... a perfect backdrop for a special occasion! The Lodge is air conditioned so it's comfortable during the summer. They have rocking chairs and fireplaces... it's a cozy venue. Plenty of parking too, which is a plus! The only con is that this venue is very strict on regulations. Keys must be turned in by 8:30 PM (even earlier on Winter months), and all cleaning must be finished/inspected by then. It takes about an hour and a half for professional cleaning. Also, no fireworks or candles can be used (being a wooden Lodge, that's understandable). This Lodge is also very popular so it's often difficult to reserve the day before the wedding to use for rehearsal or setup. This could be a major setback for some people, especially if planning to decorate the Lodge. We had to decorate & set up all on the day of, just hours before the wedding. Having said that, if you plan ahead and know where to decorate, it's totally do-able! It's a lot of work, but it's a great place to get married. Great value, and more than anything, you can't beat the scenic beauty of this place!
The Drive to this park alone is worth 5 stars. The road up to the park is breathtaking. Prepare to take about 3.5 hrs to climb to the peak of table rock. Plenty of scenic overlooks before reaching the peak. Once you have reached the top keep a safe distance from the edge and enjoy a relaxing view or a picnic. This is something I would do once a week if I could!
We recently moved to the area from Chicago and could not be more pleased with all this park has to offer. Table Rock State Park in the Summer is full of people hiking, swimming and camping which can make for difficult parking if you arrive late in the day. With a family of five we took our first hike up and around the Carrick Creek trail. The sights of the water falls and natural beauty had us hooked for more family hikes each and every weekend we had available. What's more, we could jet on down to the swimming area and spend the rest of the day lakeside. If you happen to be here in the Fall, it is beyond spectacular! The Fall leaves seem never ending as weeks went by with continues colors that rival any place in the country. On our last visit, family from around the country spent Thanksgiving in cabins and camped out in the spaces provided. during the daytime this year temperatures rose to around a very comfortable 60-65 degrees, at night, well be sure you you have plenty of firewood as it became a bit chilly. Our last hike Thanksgiving weekend involved the Table Rock Trail which is roughly 3.6 miles one way. I died!! The rest of the family had no problem and the end results were an amazing view of the Fall colors and beautiful countryside. Well worth the hike just prepare yourself with great shoes, sturdy legs and plenty of water! Definitely of 5-star park in the state of South Carolina!
2017 Eclipse Camping trip! The nature center at Table Rock at the lake was the perfect place to be. They have events, activities. Family friendly. Night time starry sky is beautiful. The camp sites are clean - even the bathrooms and showers were new and clean, camp stores had ample supplies, firewood and ice. Beautiful place to stay for a few days. Top tier campsites!
Table Rock State Park is a must for anyone visiting the upstate of South Carolina. Beautiful views of the mountain can be found throughout the park. Hiking trails abound. Be aware that the hiking is in the “very strenuous” category. Those who go to the summit are rewarded with spectacular views.
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