Sassafrass Mountain to Ceasars Head

Trail Activities: t

  • Hike


14.20 miles


One Way


Natural, Boardwalk

Difficulty: Strenuous

Trail Features: t

  • Waterfall
  • Information Sign
  • Parking
  • Scenic Observation
  • Trail Head
  • Pets
  • No Fee
  • Camping


This is an arduous, wooded trail that follows the NC/SC state line from the peak of Sassafras Mountain to Caesars Head State Park. The trail is worth it, though, as it features wonderful views from Sassafras Mountain—highest peak in South Carolina—and Raven Cliff Falls.

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This is a spur of the Foothills Trail and follows the NC/SC state line from the peak of Sassafras Mountain to Caesars Head State Park. This demanding hiking path borders the Greenville watershed property and features scenic views from Sassafras Mountain and Raven Cliff Falls, as well as the East Fork of the French Broad River. This trail is strenuous, but very rewarding, and can be hiked in a day—or stretched out over two days.

Camping: Primitive camping is allowed at various places along the trail and there are campsites available at Caesars Head State Park. Call 1-866-345-PARK (7275) or go online at to make your reservations today!


From Pickens to Sassafras Mountain: Go 15.8 miles north on US 178 to Rocky Bottom. Turn right on F. Van Clayton Memorial Highway and go 4.7 miles to the end. The gravel parking area is on the left.

From Travelers Rest to Caesars Head State Park: Drive north on Highway 276 1.1 miles past the visitor center the Raven Cliff Falls parking area is on your right. The trailhead is across the street blazed in red.

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Foothills Trail Conference | P.O. Box 3041, Greenville, SC 29602 | (864) 467-9537 | Email

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources | 311 Natural Resources Drive, Clemson, SC 29631 | (864) 654-1671

Caesars Head State Park | 8155 Geer Highway, Cleveland, SC 29635 | (864) 836-6115 | Email

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Lat: 35.09444236428581
Long: -82.70445787293717