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Table Rock Trail

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Strenuous hike to summit of Table Rock. Small waterfalls. Magnificent overlooks.
Near:Pickens, SC
Distance:6.5 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:2433 ft
Hike Time:4 hours
Trail Condition:OK, but a few difficult spots
HikeType:Out and Back

Summary: The trailhead is just beyond the Nature Center at the edge of the parking lot. Be sure and fill out the self-service trail registration at the trailhead.

The first 0.2 miles is a relatively flat, paved path that parallels a creek. Small cascades and pools are easily accessible from the trail. After the pavement ends, the Table Rock Trail begins its ascent in earnest.

Most of the trail is hard packed clay that holds up well even after prolonged rains. At several points in the last half of the ascent, you must scramble up a rock face. In dry conditions with good shoes these areas don't present a problem. In wet or icy conditions these could be very hazardous.

Once you reach the summit (marked by a sign and a pile of rocks) continue on for a another 0.5 miles. You will pass several nice overlooks on the right and will be rewarded with a magnificent view of Table Rock Reservoir and Slicking Falls at the final overlook. Return the way you came.

Trailhead: From Greenville, SC drive north on US 276. US 276 will merge with SC 11. Continue on SC 11 when it branches off to the left (US 276 continues to the right towards Ceasar's Head). Table Rock State Park will be on the right side of SC 11 about 7 miles from the SC 11/US 276 fork. Enter the West Gate of the park and follow the signs to the Day Use Parking Lot and Nature Center.

Travelers on I-26 can get on SC 11 at Exit 5.

There is a $2.00/person day use fee that is payable at the gate. (Lat:35.03173 Lon:-82.70067)

Trail Guides for Table Rock Trail:
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Table Rock State Park - (864) 878-9813
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Wayne Godfrey, who has posted  2 other hikes on this site
Trail Reviews  Page 1 of 4   Submit your own review
Reviewed by KH on 12/10/2015
This trail was challenging going up but I found it doable. The stairs are what got me but with breaks and water, it's worth it. The views were spectacular. Definitely worth it. It took longer than I anticipated, but that was ok because we were not worried about time. We went on a weekday and it was not very busy. We only saw 5-6 other people.

Reviewed by Marshall on 2/9/2015
Hiked on a beautiful February Sunday and enjoyed the day immensely. More strenuous than I expected, mostly due to the length of the hike - 3.6 miles up, then back down. While some reviewers say they did it in about two hours, I spoke with several regular Table Rock trail runners who said just under three hours was extremely challenging. For most average hikers in good physical condition, plan on 4.5-5 hours with additional time for sitting at the top and enjoying what you came for. You will still get an incredible workout and fantastic views - streams, waterfalls at the bottom, splendid vistas at the top and along the way. With no foliage in February, the views were great the whole way up.

Reviewed by Dave/walter on 9/7/2014
Great hike bonded with my 16 yr old son priceless will be back

Reviewed by cornelius on 8/11/2013
Great hike, very challenging crossed lots of waterfalls. It took me hour and a half to get up ton the over look which was worth it. Stayed at the top and enjoyed the views for 45 mins then headed back took about sn hour to get to the bottom. There were several areas that had tres down tha t were passable with some effort. Rainef on the way down but this did not make it any harder. Enjoyed jumping in the warterfall at the end

Reviewed by HH on 3/13/2012
Very difficult hike but the views are besutiful. It took us a little more than 4hrs to get to the top, and 3 1/2HRS coming down. Experienced climbers on the trail did this hike once a month and it only took them 2 1/2 hrs to get to the top. Be prepared to be sore, but the views are worth it.

Reviewed by Jess on 2/8/2012
This trail holds a special place in my heart. It is strenuous with the final ten minutes of the ascent becoming a nearly vertical climb, but the views are breathtaking. This is one of the absolute best overlooks in South Carolina, especially in the fall. The only detraction (and sadly, it is a major one for me) is that this is a very popular site. Throughout the late spring and summer expect to have company along you hike. In the peak season of autumn, the trail is sometimes so clogged the pace slows to shuffle. I highly recommend trying to do this gorgeous, highly rewarding trail during the week when it is much less crowded.

Reviewed by John on 5/31/2011
This is one of my regular workout hikes. It always takes me 60 to 70 minutes to get to the top and 55 minutes running back down. This can be done in under 2 hours roundtrip in cooler weather. Gate opens at 7AM, so perfect way to in a great workout without a big time commitment.

Reviewed by James on 4/14/2011
4/14/2011 My running budddy and me hiked this today. It took 90 minutes to get to top and 82 minutes to get down. Temp was 75 degrees and perfect. Only saw 3 others on trail. Had a great day but trail is tough. I had done it about 10 years ago, better this time.

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