Table Rock Mountain provides a towering backdrop for an upcountry retreat at the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Table Rock State Park features two lakes, a campground, mountain cabins, meeting facilities and its historic, renovated lodge. The park has been one of South Carolinas most popular since it was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. Many of its structures are now on the National Register of Historic Places. Table Rock was home to one of the states first formal nature education programs and now serves as a trailhead for the 80-mile long Foothills Trail through the wilderness along the Blue Ridge Escarpment. Trails through the forested park also include one that leads to the top of Table Rock Mountain itself. The park also hosts a visitors center near the main gate along S.C. 11, the Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Highway.
regardless of whether this trail is considered hard or not, it is a truly enjoyable hike. There is much to see on this trail with a number of view and overlook points. worthy or note would be that many of the branching trails like the Ridge and pinnacle mountain trail were closed due to the fires in the fall. if you are planning to make this hike extend a little longer via the Ridge and pinnacle trail, you may have to wait until the park deems those paths safe again.
Bring at 2-4 liters of water for this one too! I went on this hike in January 2017 while testing out some new gear.
Great hike, good distance for a fulfilling day hike. It took 4 of us almost 2.5 hours to get to the top, and less than 2 hours to get down. We enjoyed lunch with a beautiful view at the top. Bring lots of water - this trail has a fairly steep incline almost the entire hike with a few level spots as you get closer to the top. We passed a hiker on the way out who was being treated by the rangers for dehydration. Our group was each fine with our own camelback on the trail in January in 69 degree weather. Please make sure you bring enough water for your canine friends too - so many thirsty pups on the trail! This trail is clearly marked, heavily trafficked (was also the only trail open in the park when we went due to the wildfires) and has lots of stairs.
it was not very very hard hiking as mentioned. but if u r out of shape or first tom hiker, it will be very difficult.we went in Jan 2017. bring lots of water or else you will be dehydrated. it will be 1.5 miles to the shelter and another 2 miles to the summit and overlook. it was a splendid view from governers rock and a mile from there you can reach summit. And overlook will be half a mile from there.. it will be a splendid view from the overlook point.
This difficulty rating is highly overrated! This is a great trail for beginners, short and rewarding. The view at the top is amazing and the path is excellent the entire way. Great place for people who want to give their hiking/camping gear a test drive. Running water and bathroom stalls at the camp site. Camp is only a mile away from your car, so you can pack heavy for comfort. We go about 3 times a year.