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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.

It is a hard hike up to the falls but welll worth it.

Nice, easy trail but the view to the waterfall from the platform is obstructed by trees. We met the park ranger on our way out and he said a work order was placed to trim the trees near the lookout. Next time we will try the Ravens Cliff Dismal Naturaland Loop to get a better look of the falls. It's a longer, strenuous hike. That trail head splits off to the left shortly before you reach the viewing platform for this trail.

5 days ago

I gave this trail three stars because it's well maintained but it really has no views. This is a connector trail.

Easy trail but no real view at the lookout. Trees need to be cut down so you can see the waterfall better. Or go in the winter, maybe.

We did only part of this trail from Gum Gap to the bridge. It is more moderate on this stretch. We had no problems staying on the trail but someone had put an arrow made of branches pointing the way to the bridge. If we had not asked someone before seeing this, we would have stayed on the Gum Gap trail and not found the bridge. The bridge was a lot smaller, lengthwise, than we thought.

5 days ago

It was a Challenge, but it was worth it.

Fun day hike with my dog. Lots of great views if you are willing to leave marked trails. Bring water! And remember the way back is all uphill!