(Table Rock State Park)
Before you begin, stop at the Nature Center and fill out a
registration form. Drop the white copy in the locked box and keep the
pink copy to put in the box when you return. You will begin an
adventurous, scenic trek on this well-trodden trail by turning left
when you reach the Pinnacle Mountain Trail sign. Follow the yellow
blazes (green blazes eventually turn to the right where the Carrick
Creek Trail branches off) and you will cross several small foot
bridges amid the hardwoods and
rhododendron that line the steep mountain slopes. You will encounter a
small waterfall to the right and pass beneath a giant rock ledge,
before you reach the junction of a 0.4 mile spur trail that leads to
Mill Creek Falls. The spur ends at a wooden bridge where you can
view the falls. Return to the junction and continue to
Bald Knob Overlook. After a steep ascension, the trail levels and
joins the Mill Creek Trail for a short distance and then continue hiking uphill to the huge
sloping Bald Knob. Your reward is the view as you look out over the
distant mountains to see Greenville and beyond. To continue to
Pinnacle Mountain, walk uphill to the top of the outcrop and turn
right into the forest. The Foothills Trail will
branch off to the left and you will ascend steeply to the tree-enclosed apex of Pinnacle Mountain. You can
return the way you came, or follow the less strenuous, wooded Ridge
Trail, to the Table Rock Trail and back to the Nature Center.
Watch for black bear, turtles, snakes
(especially on the rocks), a variety of birds, and other wildlife.
Remember to wear sturdy footwear and functional clothing, carry
adequate water and first aid supplies, and use insect repellent in
warm weather. Pets are permitted on leashes. Restrooms and water are
available in the wood building above the Nature Center parking area.
Length: 4.2 miles one-way (from
Directions: From Greenville, drive
north on US 276. SC 11 will join US 276 for approximately 5 miles and
then branch left. Follow SC 11. Pass the first park entrance on the
right, continue across the bridge, and turn right at the West
Gate/Camping entrance sign. Drive .5 mile and turn right into the
Table Rock State Park entrance. Drive .7 mile and turn right into the
parking area across from the Nature Center.
No trailside camping.
Call 1-866-345-PARK (7275) or go online at
to make reservations.
Table Rock State
Park, 158 E. Ellison Lane,
Pickens, SC, 29671.
September 22, 2008
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