Sunday, December 6, 2009

Table Rock revisited

I don't even remember how many times I have hiked to the top of Table Rock in Table Rock State Park on Highway 11 near Pickens, SC. This may be one of the most strenuous hikes in SC, but is also one of the most popular due to its easy accessibility. I love to do as part of my exercise routine and you will probably meet people there that walk or run it every day.

Once you reach the summit at just past 3 miles you need to keep going almost another half mile.

You will first come to a bald rock area that offers a splendid view looking back down on Highway 11 and towards Greenville, but if you keep going the trail gets a little hard to follow as you have to look for the red blazes painted onto the rock that have nearly faded away, but soon you will come to the end of the trail just past the 31/2 mile marker. The view here looks over the water shed and if the air is clear you can see the water tank at Caesars Head State Park on the mountain straight across from the lake.

I used to think the shelter was a the half way point, but since they put the mile markers up I
found it is not exactly half was, but it offers a welcome place to stop and rest on the way to the top. The view from here is not bad and after the climb to this point a lot of people call this good enough and return back to the bottom.






The trail to Table Rock starts out along Carrick Creek which also has a trail that runs along side of this small stream . this is a nice loop and can be done alone as I have done many times or can be added to the Table Rock trek is seven miles is not enough for you.




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