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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.
The 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.
Prior 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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  • Trails are well maintained with plenty of waterfalls,streams and overlooks. We stayed in a cabin that was in excellent condition. There is a pond for swimming,kayaking and fishing. Super nice all... 
    Trails are well maintained with plenty of waterfalls,streams and overlooks. We stayed in a cabin that was in excellent condition. There is a pond for swimming,kayaking and fishing. Super nice all...  more »
  • We just spent a beautiful weekend camping at Table Rock State Park in Pickens, SC. The park is well maintained and the staff is very friendly. We chose, in my opinion, the best site in the park. We... 
    We just spent a beautiful weekend camping at Table Rock State Park in Pickens, SC. The park is well maintained and the staff is very friendly. We chose, in my opinion, the best site in the park. We...  more »
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  • Excellent park. Very strenuous, but worth it for the views.
  • Kids had fun walking trails and riding their bikes. The park was understaffed and everyone seemed stretched thin. Everyone was super nice but you could tell they were stressed. I don't know who is in charge of the state park system, but they are really making a mess of the parks. Cutting budgets and staff trying to bring in technology is not the answer! Every park my family and friends have visited in the last 2 years have closed and boarded up the rec centers due to cuts. They used to have ping-pong tables and other various games/ activities for kids to do in them to keep them busy and entertained! I also remember the camp staff doing ice cream socials and contests that the whole family could enjoy. Now the parks are cutting sites, redoing the lay outs of the camp sites and just making a mess of things. I first saw things decline at Camp Croft, then Baker Creek, Ceasars Head, and now Table Rock!! There has to be a connection management or ranger wise that needs to be looked in to.

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