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Pinnacle Mountain Trail is a 7.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Cleveland, South Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 7.8 mi Elevation gain 2,335 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Bird watching

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Forest

Waterfall

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Strenuous hike to summit of Pinnacle Mountain. Small waterfalls. Good overlook. The trailhead is just beyond the Nature Center at the edge of the parking lot. Be sure and fill out the self-service trail registration at the trailhead. The first 0.2 miles is a relatively flat, paved path that parallels a creek. Small cascades and pools are easily accessible from the trail. After the pavement ends, follow the trail signs for the Pinnacle Mtn. trail. The trail is in fair shape most of the way. There is significant erosion in a few places and parts of the trail can be quite muddy. At about the 2.5 mile mark is the Bald Rock Overlook where you can look back towards Table Rock Mtn. The summit is marked by a sign and a pile of rocks but you're in the middle of a forest with no view. Return the way you came or continue on the Ridge Trail that connects the Pinnacle Mountain and Table Rock trails.

Table Rock State Park - (864) 878-9813

From Greenville, SC drive north on US 276. US 276 will merge with SC 11. Continue on SC 11 when it branches off to the left (US 276 continues to the right towards Ceasar's Head). Table Rock State Park will be on the right side of SC 11 about 7 miles from the SC 11/US 276 fork. Enter the West Gate of the park and follow the signs to the Day Use Parking Lot and Nature Center. Travelers on I-26 can get on SC 11 at Exit 5. There is a $2.00/person day use fee that is payable at the gate.

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Melanie Bowen
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Bre Spiro
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Hiking

Great workout today! Though, I would agree with others and say that pinnacle is a lot easier than table rock. I found this trail to be mostly moderate rather than hard. It is a relatively easy climb the first three miles. I appreciated the waterfalls and the rock caves before the climb. The best view, and essentially the only one, is on the bald rock summit. Not much to see once you’ve reached the top of pinnacle but another peak conquered nonetheless.

Cycling Jon
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I hiked this trail the day after hiking Table Rock. The only view point is Bald Knob. It is an easier hike than Table Rock. The mileage in the description is wrong. Bald Knob is a little more than 3.5 miles from the start. I posted a photo of the mile marker. I hiked to the top after Bald Knob which was a tough slog. I took the much easier Ridge and Mill Creek trails back to the Pinnacle trail which you can see on the main map. If you only have time to hike either Table Rock or Pinnacle, hike Table Rock for the more numerous scenic viewpoints.

John Spencer
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HikingBlowdownOver grown

Did an out and back from Table Rock! Bad thunderstorm with hail caused me to stop much more than I wanted but the trail was great! Saw a bear and cubs near Lighthouse camp site on the way back!!

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Alex Player
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Hiking

Amazing trail! My family and I and getting back into hiking after a year of hiking half way up rainbow falls. While some of the bigger parks we knew of needed a reservation to park Table rock state park did not. The first part of the trail was extremely crowded but once you make it to the trail head people spread out. In most places were you have to cross a small stream it isn’t too bad and we made it over with no falls. Due to us not being conditioned to hike harder trails we turned back close to 2.5 miles. Our only regret was not knowing Bald Knob Overlook was just around the corner but all in all the hike was beautiful! We definitely hope to reach the summit when we have more time and stamina.

Joanie Wyatt
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Stacy Spring Record
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Marcel Silveira
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Hiking

Fantastic hike up to pinnacle summit. The trail was in good condition with access to many small streams, pools and waterfalls along the way. The majority of the trail is covered by the trees providing good shade and cover along the way. The real treat however is the view you get at bald knob. What a view! Continue up for a little while after bald knob to summit at pinnacle. The elevation gain for me was significant. The trail basically goes straight up from beginning to end. There are parts where it levels off or even leads you down for a bit but the trend is straight up. The steepest part comes after leaving bald knob heading to pinnacle summit. Overall, this trail has everything you’d want in a good trail and is the best hike in the entire area in my opinion. Enjoy!

Robin Broumas
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Awesome trail. Hiked in early March so the leaves were not out yet and we had some beautiful panoramic views. The last half mile or so to the summit is steep, but very doable. We came back on Ridgeline and Table Rock to make a loop. The Pinnacle and Ridgeline trails were very quiet, only passed a few other hikers. The Table Rock trail was crowded. Overall a great hike!

Genx Fed
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Backpacking

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Mallory Hopkins
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HikingFeeMuddy

We had a great time, only made it just past the 2.5 mile marker and too the off shoot trail that leads to the falls and turned back. We will go back and do the whole trail another day. Had a dog and my husband carried our toddler on his back. It’s a well travelled trail overall, but you’re able to feel alone as well. There were a few really mucky and slick parts you had to climb rocks on. Just take your time and you’ll be fine!

Norman Hopkins
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HikingBlowdownMuddyRocky

We started out at the trailhead in Table Rock State Park and took the Pinnacle Mountain Trail to Mile Creek Falls Trail and back. It was a good hike, especially if you’re looking for something where you’re gaining a decent amount of elevation. I would say it’s a moderate to hard hike normally, today was rough because I had just shy of 50 lbs on my back (my toddler). Overall it was strenuous enough for my wife, our dog, and I. Definitely need to watch your footing especially through the creeks. Not sure if it’s because of the amount of rail we’ve gotten recently or not, but there were a lot of very loose rocks during the slippery portions of the hike.

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Shane Silvey
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Hiking

This is a pretty good trail with a really good viewpoint around Bald Knob. The last bit of the trail is the hardest but really is not anything to worry about. It doesn't have the steps that the Table Rock Trail has which makes it a better trail, in my opinion, to ascend or descend. The summit has no view but it has a sign but your view is at Bald Knob so take a few moments there. You could choose to go back the way you ascended or choose to go over to Table Rock, which I recommend.

Becky Spearman
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Brenden Murray
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HikingMuddyRockyScramble

This one is tough. Don't waste your time doing the Mill Creek Falls Spur trail, the views of the waterfalls aren't worth the extra half mile that it adds to your hike. Once you hit Bald Knob its a fairly steep climb from there all the way to the summit. Taking the Ridge trail back from the summit is a nice break from climbing as its a nice walk in the woods with only a little elevation change. Watch out when you get to Bald Knob...its a pretty sheer cliff face with very little keeping you from going over. As I was leaving Bald Knob to head up to the Pinnacle summit i opted to walk thru some bushes instead of being as close to the edge as you need to be to follow the designated trail.

Michael Gaasch
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Hiking

This trail from Sassafras Mountain to Pinnacle Lake at Table Rock is much more than 9.7 miles. I’m 62 and a slow hiker. It took me 8 hours. There are a lot of blow-downs on the trail and the trail off of Bold Nob coming down from Pinnacle Mountain has been rerouted and not reflected on this app. This hiking trail does not become “Moderate” until about half way when it makes more sense to continue to Pinnacle Lake than hiking strenuously back up to Sassafras Mountain. If your not in shape select an easier hiking trail.

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Michelle Roberts
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Hiking

Hiked to the summit of Pinnacle Mountain and it was amazing. Not much of a view higher than Bald Knob (which was amazing) but you do get bragging rites at the top! Last bit from the view to the summit is pretty tough, but the rest of the trek is moderate. Had 1 large dog, 1 giant breed dog and 3 humans in their 40's. Had to help the giant breed up a couple of rock climbs, but the rest of it was fine for all. Very well marked and enjoyable hike; the views and water features were amazing!

Lisa Roberts
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This was a VERY challenging hike for someone in moderately good shape. alot of steep uphill climbs to get to the peak, but the views are amazing!!! waterfalls and Rocky streams, huge boulders and stunning vistas. The hike down was much faster. Definitely bring water, snacks, and wear very good hiking shoes. SO beautiful!

Cory Mizga
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Hiking

I definitely don’t think it was technically hard. Definitely long. From Bald Knob to the summit it gets your heart going. Overall, if you’re in moderate to great shape, this is a layup. Nothing technical. No real climbing. Well blazed. One great lookout at bald knob. None at the summit...just the accomplishment. If you’re not in great shape, take it slow. You got this. Saw a wild pig on my way down. It was trucking down a ravine about 300 yards away. Thought it was a big fat white dog. I hear you just need to keep your ears open for them.

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