dogs on leash
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.
Tom R. on Falls Creek Waterfall Trail
Not for the faint of heart, this trail is mostly a vertical climb heading to the falls. Once there, the falls are fantastic
Amazing trail. It nearly took everything out of me. Loved every minute. It was also nerve wracking and a little scary. Neither for the faint of heart nor the uninitiated. About 2 miles in, coming from the Caesar's head visitor's center, I had to stop and refocus, away from my fear and onto the fun. The trail is narrow, and extremely narrow in some spots. The sheer drops off the trail are indescribable. If there had been a way out, I may have taken it, but I was with an excellent guide, my husband, who knew my experience and ability, and he got me through it. The climb out of the gap, from blue to orange, to blue connector, to purple back to the visitors center was challenging. Am I glad I did it? Yes. My gps logged 11 miles on this loop. It took us 7 hrs with only 15 minutes for lunch.