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Caesars Head State Park has long been a must-see in the South Carolina Upstate. A granitic gneiss outcropping atop the dramatic Blue Ridge Escarpment, it offers breathtaking views year-round, especially when fall sets the hardwoods ablaze. Another annual highlight is the Hawk Watch program each fall, timed to allow visitors to marvel at the unforgettable sight of hundreds of soaring, swirling migrating raptors hawks, kites, falcons, eagles and more from the park visitors own perch at 3,200 feet above sea level. Hiking trails ranging from easy to challenging circle and traverse Caesars Head and adjoining Jones Gap state parks, which together form the Mountain Bridge Wilderness, about 11,000 acres of pristine southern mountain forest. One of the most popular trails at Caesars Head leads to 420-foot Raven Cliff Falls, where a suspension bridge offers one of the two publicly accessible overlooks to the falls as they splash deep into the mountain cove below. Picnicking and wilderness trailside camping also are highlights. The park, easily accessible with its headquarters on U.S. 276 just shy of the state line, also leads to some prime trout fishing areas in the state-designated scenic Middle Saluda River.

hiking
9 days ago

Great hike. Will do this one again.

It was difficult trail but well worth the journey. The falls were covered in ice. it was truly a beautiful site to see.

A little hard but well worth it. Go after a good rain.

Beautiful falls! Trail is steep but has stairs and is well marked and easy to navigate. It took me just under two hours roundtrip, and that was taking about 20 min at the falls. I'm not an avid hiker, but in decent shape, found it challenging but overall not super difficult. I would recommend hiking boots if you have them. I wore sneakers and some parts of the trail were wet. The ranger at the shop area was super nice and helpful!

Wouldn't recommend for a dog unless you have a really good off leash dog. Vertical is steep but the view is worth it and wasn't at all crowded on a Sunday afternoon.

Pretty tough hike, but ends at a beautiful waterfall

I love this trail it has spur trails as well and its always a great view of the falls.

Awesome place and very good trails.

I really enjoyed this trail. Unseasonably warm January day. Perfect for hiking. Ranger told us it was about 5 miles RT and strenuous. Parts of it can be, but I didn't find it too difficult. The height of the waterfall is amazing and the perfect payoff!

What a great trail, strenuous for a bit, but most of the hike is not too bad. I did the 9ish mile loop counterclockwise and it only took a little over 3 hours. I could imagine the other way being harder, will have to try it out!

amazing trail! all uphill, great reward at the top, then all downhill