Tamassee Knob

Trail Activities: t

  • Hike


2.10 miles


One Way


Natural, Forested

Difficulty: Strenuous

Trail Features: t

  • Trail Head
  • Parking
  • Scenic Observation
  • Pets
  • Fee
  • Camping


This trail to the top of Tamassee Knob runs through a beautiful old growth hardwood forest. Walking along the ridge, it’s easy to see why these magnificent trees were left untouched for more than two centuries. The steep slopes that fall off both sides of the ridge would be treacherous terrain for a logger to traverse.

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Starting from the parking area you will hike on the Foothills Trail to a sign with a rust colored arrow that clearly shows the direction to Tamassee Knob. This strenuous, well-maintained 2.1-mile, out-and-back trail provides you with scenery that is well worth the effort. Magnificent views are available in every direction. Mountain laurel and rhododendron engulf the edges of the trail, along with wild strawberries, Solomon’s seal, beggar lice, and a variety of asters. The trees that provide shade along the trail include dogwood, black oak, chestnut, hemlock, black locust, and redbud. Watch your step along the trail, because at times it falls off sharply on both sides. Once you reach the Knob, you will be swept away by the breathtaking sites of the undulating hills of the Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains. At the pinnacle of the trail rests a perfect boulder that can be used for a natural picnic table. You will find this a fulfilling three-hour escape from the noisy world beyond the captivating hills that surround it.

Camping: Call 1-866-345-PARK (7275) or go online at www.SouthCarolinaParks.com to make your reservations today!


From Walhalla: Drive northwest on SC 28 for approximately 7.5 miles and bear right onto SC 107. Continue on SC 107 to Oconee State Park and enter the park. After the Fee Station turn right and drive to a small parking area on the right, just beyond the entrance to Cabin Area 14-20. The trailhead (on the left) is at the Foothills Trail sign.

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Oconee State Park | 624 State Park Road, Mountain Rest, SC 29664 | (864) 638-5353 | Email

Sumter National Forest | Andrew Pickens Ranger District | 112 Andrew Pickens Circle, Mountain Rest, SC 29664 | (864) 638-9568 | Email

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Lat: 34.86899577080500
Long: -83.08692209821373