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5-10 miles easy to moderate

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Climbed Table Rock on 1/9/19 with future son in law Jim. Try to climb early January each year to get the year off right. Cold but sunny day. Temp in mid 40s.
Love the climb. Strenuous is correct Well worth the view.

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4 days ago

The ranger was not exaggerating the amount of steps and elevation gain that are involved in this hike but as promised it has some great views. If you have knee hip or ankle issues be prepared for lots of uneven steps maybe consider using poles. We hiked this after a lot of rain so the trail was fairly muddy. No shortage of waterfalls to see on the way up. Lots of large boulders to stop and take a break. For SC this is a great option if you are looking for a challenge. Overall great hike.

Great trail with a beautiful waterfall at the end.

hiking
10 days ago

Nice waterfall hike with good views. Very well maintained trail inside Jones Gap State Park. Just over 5 miles from the parking lot, round trip. I'm a frequent hiker, but had a 9 and 7 year old with me. Took 2.5 hours. The Falls are beautiful. Highly recommend. If you go do it early. there is limited parking and when there's no room, you'll be waiting outside the park until someone leaves. the rangers control the flow of traffic

This trail is no joke. It is very strenuous, even for well-seasoned hikers. The view and the feeling you'll get from finishing are worth it!

hiking
10 days ago

Brutal but worth it!

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13 days ago

My wife and I knocked this out on a trip to the area. Well worth the work. Suggest leaving early morning and enjoying lunch at the top overlooking the reservoir. Very enjoyable time!

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14 days ago

This was my first waterfall hike and was not at all disappointed. I will go again.

Beautiful hike. I agree with those that have said it was a challenging hike, but I would add enjoyably challenging.

hiking
17 days ago

They mean it when it says hard. I am an experienced hiker and the elevation gain was a challenge. However, I think at a slow and steady pace most anyone can complete this. The view at the top is so worth it. There are several spots as you get to the end where you can see a full panoramic view. Great way to spend the day. Make sure to bring a heavy snack and/or lunch to enjoy at the top.

Beautiful area. The trail feels rugged in spots, which I loved. The views are worth the incline!

Great hike, not too tough, well marked. Great waterfall

Hiked on a good weather weather Saturday and the trail was crowded. But the views and terrain were worth it. Was harder than I expected. A lot of elevation gain in 3 miles.

Love this trail. Our family has been up and down a couple of times and will be back. Views are great and trail is difficult enough to make it a great half day climb.

hiking
1 month ago

Not as steep as I thought it was gonna be based on other people's reviews. Signage is good. Not quite as scenic as Pinnacle Mountain trail. I can't imagine how great this area looks when the fall colors are peaking...

Well worth the incline!!! Easy but rocky at bottom on blue trail then red trail climbs at times pretty steep w some stairs.

You’ll definitely get your heart rate up on this one! Beautiful falls are worth the effort!! Jones Gap State Park can sometimes be hard to get into as there is limited parking. Be sure to go early if there’s beautiful weather!

on Table Rock Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing hike. Not an easy one-but I loved it for that. If you are looking for a challenging hike-this will be the one. Loved this one.

Great hike!

This trail was more challenging than I expected it to be! I was naively assuming South Carolina mountains were probably all babies, but this trail is pretty steep pretty much the whole way up. There were plenty of steps that were quite a stretch for my short legs.

The view at the top is great, but I thought the scenic spot a few hundred yards before table rock itself actually had the prettiest views, so be sure not to brush it off just because you’re nearly to the end.

As other people have pointed out no bathrooms along the way and lots of people around the entire time, but with the amount you’ll sweat you probably won’t need a bathroom break.

Be sure to bring LOTS of water! I had 2 20oz bottles and I wished I had more. Also make sure to check in and out in the office before you start and leave.

There were a few spots that were a bit slippery with sand, so wear good shoes.

Nice

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike with some amazing views, highly recommend! Trail is very well kept and easy to follow. Governors Rock is a false summit since there is no real views from the actual summit, nonetheless there is quite a few lookout spots along the trail so theres still a ton of breath taking views. Major downfall is the park is high tourist area (ironic being i was a tourist lol) so you can guarantee on the trail being busy.

Very nice trail, fairly easy climb. Not to much traffic when we went and trail is well maintained.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike with awesome payoff at the end. My one quibble is the difficulty rating for the hike. This is definitely not a "moderate" hike though a physically fit person shouldn't have too much trouble completing it.

hiking
2 months ago

Great Hike! A bit tough, but well worth it!

Your workout for the week. Not a casual hike. We hiked the shortest, steepest trail up to the Mount LeConte summit in TN. That was a walk in the park compared to this. I gave it 4 stars, though, be cause it challenges you and there are great views.

More on the easy side than moderate. Views are amazing though!

Great trail - really well marked and maintained. The views were absolutely beautiful and I loved hiking with the sound of the creek and waterfalls nearly the whole way up. I had to wait about an hour to get into the park, but it was well worth it. If you're going on the weekend, I would advise getting there before 9.

hiking
2 months ago

My 15 year old son and I hiked the Pinnacle Trail to the Ridge Trail, and connected back to the Table Rock Trail all the way to the overlook. We did this Saturday, November 2, 2018. The weather was perfect, but everybody and their brother was there making it pretty crowded at the overlook and on the way down (we took the Table Rock Trail back down). We started at 10:30am and arrived back to the parking lot at 4:40pm. We spent about 15 minutes enjoying the overlook. We hiked this same route when my son was 11. We just can’t work up the nerve to take the Table Rock Trail up, because it is very steep ALL THE WAY. We plan to come back many more times, but will probably come on a weekday from now on, due to the crowds. I would advise taking some good snacks and plenty of water. My only complaint is there are no places to pee if you’re a female, but I do believe porta potties here and there would ruin the experience! LOL

Left at 7:21 on a beautiful fall day. will do it again.

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