Explore the most popular wildlife trails in Table Rock State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I hiked this trial on the 19th of April. Very steep path, certainly between start and first 1.5 miles. Certainly after 2 miles it gets less demanding. At Governors Rock faced a lot of wind but enjoyed a lot the view. The overlook on top of Table Rock is magnificent. Fantastic view over the massive forests this region has. Definitely worthwhile! All in all this can be a tough hike for non trained persons. I started the hike at 11h30 and got back at the entrance around 14h30. One can do it in half a day. Great to have this hike checked of off my to-do-list. Greetings

hiking
4 days ago

This hike, in my opinion, is an ideal day hike. It has it all: a timeline totally doable in a half day, interesting trail that is well maintained, and amazing views from the top. I hiked this on a Wednesday in April, starting at 7:40 am, and reaching the summit in a little under 1 hr 40 min. I hiked with my favorite hiking companion (my dog), and we had a great time. We didn't see a single person on the way up, or during our 50- minute stay at the top! We had GREAT views from many lookouts on the huge summit. We started our descent a little after 10, and got back to the car at 11:30. We were taking our time on the way down, as I had to negotiate my dog down the steep rock sections at the top, and he had to sniff and pee on a lot of things. So overall trip time was 3 hr 50 min, but only 3 hr of that being actual hiking, with 50 min at the summit. For planning purposes, this hike was not particularly difficult if you are a semi-regular hiker and in decent shape. However, if your idea of a "hike" is something like Yellow Branch Falls (3 miles on flat terrain through the woods), then this may not be the hike for you. Would not recommend for inexperienced hikers, individuals who are out of shape, or those with joint issues, due to the steeper sections of the trail. If you are in good shape, you should get a nice little workout doing this. Overall, a great view and experience payout for relatively low time investment. I will certainly be going back!

As Everyone says... Very difficult, but worth it! It had been on our to do list for years. Don't care what anyone says, it's definitely harder coming back down. Great feeling of accomplishment for casual hikers.

Great easy hike to a pretty waterfall. The the connection spur to the waterfall is unmarked but well established. It ascends rapidly at the very end. Take your time and the view will be well worth your hard work.

Great hike! Tough trek but the view atop make it totally worth the torture. The app underestimates the actual elevation gain and loss. The app’s elevation map stars the trailhead starts around 1200’ and the summit is around 3000’ which would put total elevation in the 3400’- 3600’ range and not the 2600’ listed. In other words it’s more difficult than you might think.

Challenging hike, with great views.

hiking
18 days ago

Have done this trail twice. It is amazing. The view at the top is gorgeous and worth the steep climb.

hiking
19 days ago

It was an amazing experience, many different hiking trials to choose from with varying difficulties. I also had the chance to enjoy kayaking right beside the trails! Definitely recommend to any and everyone.

Was super hard and we are in decent shape. My husband calls this one the stair-master! The views are totally worth it though. I would not recommend this one for small kids or first time hikers.

It was great to hike some elevation. Coming down is hard on the knees! The walk up is beautiful with waterfalls and streams. Nice vistas

Climbed Table Rock 3/16. Good and strenuous climb. Nice weather day

Not as hard as you might think. Pick a nice clear day to enjoy the views. Great trail.

Evil and mean on the knees! Can’t wait to do it again

uphill almost the entire way with some rock scrambling ... great hike with amazing views!

Easy for its length. Not even bad in the rain. Not the most entertaining hike though

The trail was demanding but rewarding from the view

hiking
2 months ago

It is not as bad as you think but it is totally worth it

Great trail. One of the best I’ve done yet!! Trail had a lot of great views, waterfalls, and much more. If you do this make sure you take plenty of protein to help your muscles recovery from all the climbing you will do. This only took us about a day and half. We ventured a little off course to get the overview of table rock as well.

hiking
2 months ago

Would not suggest for first time hikers. Beautiful small waterfalls, and the top of Table Rock was well worth the workout. 10/10

A lot of steep climbs. Very, very strenuous. I enjoyed several small water cascades, giant boulder formations and other interesting things from nature, along with some great overlook views. Highly recommend this hike.

Rather non-eventful hike until you cross the creek and start hiking up to the falls. Still lots of trees across the trail. Trail gets steep through a nice boulder field. Beautiful waterfall but hard to get close to. Recommend hiking this one in the winter as it could be "snakey" in the warmer months.

backpacking
3 months ago

Great trail. It should be noted that there are no campsites in Table rock state park and it is against park rules to camp along the trail, so plan on doing the whole loop without stopping? We went in January and completed this in three days and two nights. We saw about twelve day hikers and I have been told that TBRSP is very crowded during the peak season. There is evidence of a previous forest fire throughout this whole trail. There are lots of rock caves. Water is not an issue except along the ridge trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Tough climb and pretty boring, however the final overlook is well worth the effort and lack of views throughout. When you think you’re at the end go a bit further to your left, we almost missed the best part

hiking
3 months ago

2017-12-10 Performed hike with a group of guys from 41 to 14yrs of age...Nearly a foot of snow on the ground at some places and I had great difficulty finishing the hike although been an avid strength trainer, however I’ve not been on a challenging hike in over 10 years. Great fun, great scenery, moderate traffic, not very clear trail markings...

It's pretty long and after a certain point it feels like a never-ending ascent but it's worth the views. As of this date the spur trail to Mills Creek Falls is still closed, but there are a few small waterfalls along the trail, interesting more for their rocky structure than the volume of water. Mills Creek Pass and the Ridge trail are still heavily marked by the Pinnacle Mountain fire of last spring.

hiking
4 months ago

A tough and rocky hike at parts, but worth the effort. The trail is well marked, though you should watch your footing, especially on the descent. Approaching Governor’s Rock you’ll see lots of boulders. After the 2 mile mark, it got really windy and blustery as soon as I was facing northeast. At the top, there is lots of space and a great view of the Stool and the reservoir.

did it in the snow and i was the first person to go up ridge trail, i wish the blazes were a little closer together as i had some trouble finding the trail in the snow. glad i stuck with it cause pinacle and bald knob were so worth it

Really stunning boulder field and waterfall! The spur trail to the falls can be quite hard to follow after a certain point if there is a lot of leaf litter(ie, the second time I went here). Also, there is one point where you *think* that the trail is blocked but if you keep on walking, there is a path through the downed branches and trees. What I'm saying is, persevere! :) It's an amazing waterfall.

4 months ago

Tuff hike but beautiful views along the way and stunning at the top..... well worth it

I recommend this one all the time... ascending pinnacle, traversing the ridge and coming down table rock is SO much more pleasant (on your legs and for the views and less traffic) than going up the steps of Table Rock! The added miles are nothing compared to the payoff of a great, enjoyable hike! trekking poles for the win on this one, you’ll easily half your descent time.

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