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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.

I wouldn't say it's a hard trail, but she sure is technical. Not a hike if you like epic views, but definitely a hike for hikers (trail is beautiful).

Nice day hike. I think Dismal Trail is steeper than Gum Gap. I went left or south down Dismal Trail and it was a very steep and quick descent. Going up Gum Gap seemed to be a slower, more gradual ascent. The waterfall is really amazing. Beautiful view on a suspension bridge. There's another small waterfall above with a nice place to relax. Plan for at least four hours.

6 days ago

Nice trail, but falls were pretty far away.

My wife and I went on the trail just after a rain storm. Very well kept and marked trail. It took about 45 min up and about 25 min back, with a wet trail and an out of shape spouse (okay, It's me) A few spots at the top were more technical. We almost didn't go up the steep part at the waterfall, but I'm so glad we did. We can't wait to come back up with our kids to see this incredible falls. The bees another hiker mentioned were gone on our hike.

Great trail, to make it a bit more intense start at Jones Gap and hike up to Caesar.

Nice trail that up top runs adjacent to some high cliffs. Many of these have light streams which in or after rain would be amazing waterfalls. Fun to climb on and explore. There really is only one good overlook or view but still a good trip. The section along the Middle Saluda River is also nice. Definitely recommend bringing a map.

Fun hike! When we went, the lower falls were infested with bees, so be careful. Not a difficult hike, we went after work during the week and it was a very nice, quick hike. The waterfalls were tremendous!

Enjoyed it!

Perfect quick morning hike with my dog. Doesn't take anywhere near 2 hours each way! Not sure what that's about. Great photo opportunity with the falls if you're willing to get your feet wet.

What a great adventure. We took our 7 kids ages 5-9. They are well experienced in the woods. The last .4 miles is very technical. The reward at the top is beautiful beyond description. We will do it again!