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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.

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hiking
1 day 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.

hiking
6 days ago

Hiked today. Great weather. Not much wildlife just some birds, squirrels, and one little frog. Trail needs a lot of work. It is very poorly marked and the bridge before the last stretch was wrecked by a fallen tree. I had fun but I wouldn’t do it again.

This was an awesome scenic hike to check out the fall leaves and put in a great workout! Pinnacle side was very lightly trekked while the table rock side was busy. The actual ridge trail itself was fantastic and clearly marked. We tracked is at 10.3 total.

There may be better alternatives to hike, aside from the River Trail. The trail was quite buggy and very poorly marked. Trees were down left and right and the trail took 5+ hours to complete...in mild darkness.

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.

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

hiking
12 days 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

hiking
12 days ago

It was decent. $30 for 3 of us was a little out there for a mile and a half walk. Hiked many places in the United States for free that had more to see. Gets repetitive. Definitely good for beginners though. Nice and flat

hiking
13 days ago

Did this trail with my two year old son. Had to pick him up twice for some tricky parts. (Rocky hills and some tree root steps), but for the most part it’s easy to navigate. Loved walking close to the lake. Towards the end you can branch off onto other trails to make a longer hike. Five dollars a person or 49 a year for individual and 100 for families fee. Beautiful place with much to offer.

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

hiking
17 days ago

Did this one when I came down from the Table Rock Summit. 2 mile loop with a lot of small waterfalls and a couple of stream crossings.

hiking
17 days ago

One of the tougher trails that I've hiked...pretty rugged terrain. Steady climb for 3.5 miles. Over 2,000 feet in elevation gain. A lot of rock steps and a few rock faces to hike up. Governor's Rock is a nice view before the summit. Guess I was expecting a little more at the top.

I love this trail so much! I often take friends out of town to this hiking trail. The view is ten out of ten! It’s beautiful!!

hiking
20 days ago

Nice- shady, and sandy, trail with old live oaks.

My wife and I hiked this trail and loved it. It is definitely hard but the view at the top is worth it.

scenery was great. even for the price we got our hike on and was well worth it. the people at the nursery were great and very informative.

I Love this section of the PT!
Beautiful senic views of the marsh.

Go meet your history! Very easy stroll about the Fort after a ferry over! Highly recommend!

Great history. Well-kept paved trail.

nature trips
1 month ago

Very nice clean family friendly SP! The only downfall is it is located across from the airport!

I didn’t believe places like such existed! I only thought they were in movies! One of the most beautiful place I’ve been! Walk out into that marsh! Walk that boardwalk! Take your kids there! Just stand, be quiet and enjoy it! Go see Atlaya Castle too! If you look it up it says Pawlys Island but it’s in HBSP! There is also kayaking offered at the RS! Look me up to pics of Atlaya!!!

trail running
1 month ago

Decent, shaded trail for running. Nice breeze from the marsh.

hiking
1 month ago

I did this trail on a weekday in early October and it was perfect! I saw only a handful of people so it wasn’t crowded this day. The trail is mainly shaded for the entirety of your journey, although it was still nice and humid. It’s basically a constant incline, featuring lots of rock steps and some just gradual incline. So on the way back you’re at a constant decline which is a nice reward. It’s a pretty long trail but so worth the views. Halfway up the “out” portion of the trail you’ll get your first taste of the views and from there, there were about 3-4 more epic viewpoints. Take lots of water and at least a few decent snacks because the trail is essentially almost 7 miles long in total.

love it so much. peaceful easy beautiful and shaded for hot weather days

awesome
lake walk in the woods shaded easy peaceful love it. safe. great trail for family outing.

awesome easy sweet short trail.
along the lake with few bridges beautiful views of nature.

I love it. easy and short. good for kids. follows water bank. relaxing and peaceful. no bikes no distractions.

hiking
1 month ago

I had the most miserable hike that I've ever had on this trail (or half a hike, since I turned around halfway out). I didn't know that there were that many mosquitoes in the entire world! The mosquitoes on this trail are not only numerous, but highly intelligent. They quickly figured out that it isn't possible to spray mosquito repellent around your eyes, so I now have a ring of mosquito bites around my eyes. My upper back is also covered with mosquito bites even though I was wearing a shirt. If you want to hike this trail, do it in January.

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