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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.
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  • What can I say about this park other that it's outstanding... First of all, the rangers are super professional and welcoming. They took the time to answer some of my questions even before booking a....  more »
  • We had read all the reviews on how this was a strenuous hike so coming from Florida we were a little concerned but always up for a challenge. A challenge is what we got. It really is no joke. First...  more »
  • We camp here every year. It is absolutely our favorite place because there are so many different things to do. It is relatively close to many other places of interest as well but we generally use our entire weeks vacation here every year. The staff is always kind & helpful. The park is well maintained. And the sites are very affordable and spacious.
  • This is an excellent place with great facilities. I've been camping here since I was a kid and will continue to bring my family here. The staff are always friendly and there's plenty to do. The campground has good facilities and is regularly patrolled. Highly recommend this park!

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