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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.

Great trail! Definitely gets your heart pumping with some of the steeper parts. I was carrying my 3yro most of the way in a hiking carrier, which made it much harder and something I wouldn’t really recommend just because it threw off balance trying to get up some of the boulders. Hoped for a less steep area at the falls for a picnic but can’t complain much because the waterfall was stunning! The map says the trail is “very strenuous” which I don’t think is accurate. Moderate to strenuous at some points would be better. My 7yro was able to do the whole thing.

Beautiful day for this hike. Can’t wait to go back!

Gorgeous falls!!

Great trail! Very challenging especially when going back up. bring plenty of water and a snack or two to keep you going

19 days ago

The hike was a good quick workout with wide trails that were easily marked. The waterfall lookout point was a bit far away. The photo in the trail cover is NOT from this hike. My dog loved the hike too and there were plenty of views along the way.

Awesome hike! Took me 4.5 hrs with some breaks to eat/enjoy the view. I descended on the Dismal trail and ascended on the Naturaland Trust trail. Going down was a little rough on the knees, but the ascent wasn’t as bad as I was expecting. The valley is lovely, and the falls are of course gorgeous. Definitely requires hiking experience, good shoes, and caution.

Lots more exciting trails near here. The view of the waterfall is pretty far away.

1 month ago

Enjoyed the hike but the view of the waterfall was not that great

Love this hike. It says moderate but it is defiantly strenuous/hard. It’s up hill most of the way and steep, but it’s well worth the hard hike to the water fall! The way down is steep, but make sure you have good shoes with traction when there are leaves on the ground. Love this waterfall!

Great experience.. very technical

1 month ago

This was a very beautiful rewarding hike. There was a huge ice wall in Dismal which can be challenging to some, but it honestly was not too bad just pace yourself and be very careful- it was very neat and mesmerizing to look at. Be very careful of falling ice if hiking in these winter months as well. It’s very easy to get off trail, a seven mile hike ended up being a 14 mile hike due to many missed turns, so be sure you know where you’re going and try to avoid trail #13 as much as possible, it can get you very lost. Aside from getting lost, we really enjoyed ourselves. Make sure you come prepared with plenty water and snacks, as well as company. Happy hiking!

Somewhat technical near the falls. Watch for falling ice

I did this hike yesterday; really tough especially with the cold and huge rock ice wall in Dismal. The ice made a technical hike that much harder. I will hike again, but when there is no ice. Scenery was awesome.

My son and I hike this WONDERFUL trail this morning.
Well marked. and pretty steep in some places. Overall it's worth the hike. The waterfall is awesome.

Got the hike on video on my page! very hard with lots of easter eggs!

Very cool! I have detailed route and video trip on page. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMvTK2Og1c0&t=25s

2 months ago

Took our beagle and he loved it. Steep at times, but worth it in the end. One of our favorites!

I loved this hike! I got engaged at the falls and it was so BEAUTIFUL! In the fall the leaves are just, WOW! Will definitely hike here again!

I took this hike today and it was a great trail. just hard enough to make you sweat on the way in and an easy out.

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