Table Rock Mountain provides a towering backdrop for an upcountry retreat at the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Table Rock State Park features two lakes, a campground, mountain cabins, meeting facilities and its historic, renovated lodge. The park has been one of South Carolinas most popular since it was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. Many of its structures are now on the National Register of Historic Places. Table Rock was home to one of the states first formal nature education programs and now serves as a trailhead for the 80-mile long Foothills Trail through the wilderness along the Blue Ridge Escarpment. Trails through the forested park also include one that leads to the top of Table Rock Mountain itself. The park also hosts a visitors center near the main gate along S.C. 11, the Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Highway.
I parked at Table Rock state park, hiked up the Pennacle trail 4 miles, then hopped on the foothills trail over to Sassafras Mountain. Ate a peanut butter sammich then back tracked the foothills trail to Pennacle trail, left up Pennacle then did the Ridge Trail over to the Table Rock Summit. Then back down Table Rock Trail to the parking lot. Roughly 23 miles in 9 hours. Besides my knees bothering me comming down Table Rock it was a great day.
$5 cash per person admission. This trail has a lot of steps. It was a bit annoying, but a trail is a trail. Took us 2h30 up because we had a set back, but honestly, we could've done 2hrs. 1 hr down. Tip: at the top, when you get to a big clearing, keep going and follow the red blazes, you'll eventually see the lake. At the lake site, there are two ridges you can climb down and see the full view, becareful.
Hiked Table Rock trail twice in the last week, sad to see all the fire derby but nothing changes that Amazing view from the top! Got my Eno hammock and posted up :) very challenging trail, but well worth the work out and satisfaction of making it to the top! Bring water lol
Took about an hour and a half to hike to the 4 mile point which has a great view of the forest. Not very strenuous in my opinion. Didn't see any waterfalls just a few areas where water was trickling. (Mid February). Beautiful views and perfect weather. Saw maybe 2-3 hiking groups over a 4 hour period, lightly trafficked.
Hiked this along with Pinnacle Mountain and Table Rock trails yesterday. Due to fire damage, the Ridge trail (connects from Pinnacle Mountain summit to around halfway up the Table Rock Trail) is fairly hard to follow without trail markers, but luckily this trail is regularly remarked with bright orange blazes. To my knowledge the trail was just reopened two days ago and while it is obvious it has not been travelled in a few months, it is in great shape. The trail path isn't the most obvious at times but the orange blazes are easy to see so you won't get lost. This is one of my favorites because it allows me to quickly hit both summits in one day. Doing all three trails comes to a distance around 11 miles (not positive about the exact distance).