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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.

hiking
3 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.

nice hike , be prepared to pay entry fee to State Park

on Carrick Creek Loop

7 days ago

Nice little nature walk.

Great place to visit very flowey trails Pretty will maintain It is January 2019 right now and think its closed due to weather or the government shutdown not sure exactly We have had a lot of rain in the last month.

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!

Really enjoyed this hike! At first it was very wet and muddy due to all the rain we have had but wasn’t too bad after that. The steep elevation at the middle of the hike was challenging but enjoyed it very much. Beautiful water falls and creeks along the way as. I’m Not an avid hiker yet and was able to complete this

hiking
9 days ago

Brutal but worth it!

hiking
12 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!

This was an excellent hike! Strenuous in some areas with some very rewarding pic and scenery opportunities. Considerstion for trail use: check forecast for rain or snow. In some areas potential for slipping and washouts are high.

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

hiking
16 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.

Well maintain, Big Rock Loop is a little less than moderate, 3.9 miles fun little hike.

Fun, easy scenic hike. Enjoyed the parts along the water including the waterfall. We added some mileage at the top to include the fire tower trail, Kanuga and Brissy Ridge trails to make the loop longer. Lovely park, lovely hike!

Beautiful hike. The variety was great and it was nice that it was a loop. I would definitely do this hike again.

hiking
1 month ago

The classic. I've been coming back to this trail for over a decade for a reason, and even remember loving it as a kid in the early 90s. Great for beginners with beautiful sights to see, but is true a hiking trail, not a walking path. Often narrow, with some moderate sections and sometimes very uneven footing, and it can also get pretty muddy in a couple of places. Did this once with a group of non-hikers and everyone had a good time. As noted by others, you should take the left-hand fork (follow the water) if you want an easier hike. The right-hand will start you off on a moderate ascent, and will make the rest of your hike a little more challenging. It is also the more difficult but most direct path to other trails in the park.

For the people who hiked it in the last week, is it muddy from all the rain?

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.

By far one of my all time favorite trails. The diversity you get on this hike is amazing. Whether you choose left or right to take the loop, you’re going to get a workout/be challenged. There are waterfall views, mountainside views, a suspension bridge, ladders and creek crossings. By the time I got to the end of my hike (the Dismal trail) I was definitely beat and the mountain seemed to go on forever but it was so worth it. I went late November .... most of the leaves were gone but the ones left made for some beautiful scenery and lighting as the sun goes down a lot earlier in the late fall/winter. A must do trail hike with plenty of challenge. Very well marked trail heads and a trail guide/map at each intersection or beginning of the next trail to avoid getting lost or confused.

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...

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.

The Raven Falls loop is excellent. We took the advice from the previous reviews and hiked it clockwise. What great advice! It allows you to have the hardest hike behind you when you reach the suspension bridge. After the bridge you end up taking Gum Gap which is an easy trail to recover on. Total distance from the trailhead and back was 7.5 miles and took us 3 hrs with stopping and taking lots of pictures.
Overall, this was a wonderful hike. However, this loop should only be hiked by folks in reasonably good shape or you will not enjoy yourself at all.
There were three or four ladders that would present a challenge for large dogs. All but one is fairly short and would allow easy portage of your pet.

walking
1 month ago

Nice little trail. Took the kids on the hike with us and they seemed to enjoy themselves.

Don't take a dog that you can't get up a ladder. But this is a great hike.

This trail is definitely strenuous and NOT dog friendly. Badass trail, though. It took me 4.5 hours and I was exhausted by the end.

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
1 month 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
2 months ago

Loved it! The view wasn’t the best at the top, but the overall hike was great.

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