Raven Rock Loop Trail

MODERATE 152 reviews

Raven Rock Loop Trail is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Pickens, South Carolina that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
836 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

A natural bridge with rocky outcrops, a lakeshore campsite, beautiful stream crossing. This is a great quick getaway hike. The trail starts out easily and crosses the Poe creek over a natural granite bridge. The next section is uphill through a boulder field topping out and dropping into a steep valley. You climb out to the top of the ridge and generally ridge walk until the decent to Lake Jocassee. There is an excellent campsite on the peninsula but you need to reserve it ahead of time at the ranger station. The way back is a lot of uphill and steep downhill coupled with a nice river crossing. The last leg is uphill and ends at the old church and the parking lot.

Tougher than I expected but was a good workout. Beautiful views along the lake.

4 days ago

Rgyuh

One of my favs

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4 days ago

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1 month ago

Loved the rocks, the lake, and all the tree coverage. Would do again. Definitely

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1 month ago

I did both loops. Late morning/early afternoon hike, and very few people on trail. There were a few places along the trail where tree branches fell due to recent storms. Forest views with beautiful overlook of lake. Lots of elevation changes.

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2 months ago

This trail was not as easy as I thought it would be! Great workout for me.

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2 months ago

Great trail with nice views/overlooks. Elevation changes galore - a very rewarding hike.

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4 months ago

Hike natural bridge trail to raven creek loop. Steep in some areas but nicely marked and flat gravel. Had 3 kids and 2 dogs with us and it was a nice hike.

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5 months ago

Just hiked to the highest point and back. Great afternoon hike.

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5 months ago

Nice trail although the natural bridge doesn’t look that natural.
We camped at devils fork and hike this around mid day, there are some really nice overlooks of the lake.
Enjoy!

5 months ago

Gorgeous trail trail with lots of small waterfalls

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6 months ago

The rock ledge overlooking the lake offers some really nice views.

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6 months ago

Great winter trail. You can hear the road for the first mile or so but it wasn’t bad. Great winter views and the lake is amazing! Campsites are large and the location is great. Definitely a good workout and lots of climbing. Trail is well maintained and marked.

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7 months ago

Loved it. Great views. Perfect intensity for a short 4 miler. Can’t wait to go back and camp there!

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7 months ago

This is definitely one of my favorite trails I’ve ever hiked! We did it in 2 1/2 hours with stopping to eat lunch at one of the waterfalls

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8 months ago

We loved this trail! I definitely recommend taking the loop part counter clock wise, bc the look out is the best treat!

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8 months ago

This is a good trail that has enough up and down to get you sweating if you take it at a quick pace. There are some nice little cascades along the Natural Bridge section. When the trail meets the lake, the views are a bit spoiled by the excessive development on the other side, but once you get to the lookout point, it's absolutely beautiful. Like others, my tracking suggested it was more like 5-ish miles, rather than 4.4.

8 months ago

Great hike!

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9 months ago

Went for a short morning hike with my wife in October. Trail was in good shape and well marked with good views of Lake.

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9 months ago

Went on Thanksgiving with the family. Great views and perfect weather. This hike has a bunch of different things to see. Will definitely go again, especially since there are some great camping spots near the water.
AllTrails says 3.8 miles, Hiking Post @ entrance says 4.4 miles, we went about 5 miles

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10 months ago

Great moderate hike with beautiful views of the lake.

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10 months ago

Great hike. The smaller loop is absolutely beautiful. This trail doesn't look like much on a map, but once you get up there it'll get you if you're not adequately prepared for hiking.

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11 months ago

Peaceful gem....saw maybe a dozen people on natural bridge trail & none on raven rock trail. Did natural bridge and raven rock trail together. Fitbit said 5.8 total miles. Took me around 3 hours with breaks for pics & to catch my breath. Lovely waterfalls and stunning lake views. Couldn't decide on favorite pic so posted a couple. Definately would do again.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Enjoyable trail, and the over look is beautiful. Also takes you up the edge of the water.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

I went to hike this trail for a sunrise early morning walk. Just wanted to give everyone a heads up. This state park is only open from 9AM-9PM. The park is actually a manned park, that closes a gate to enter to the trailhead. Needless to say, I didn't get to enjoy the hike. So only offering 3 stars since it's not a typical sunrise-sunset type of hours.

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Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Well maintained, free to park, great views, and my 6 and 8 year old kids loved it. There is a park ranger store with restrooms and info. I also thought the primitive campsites where nice, with sandy beaches on lake keowee.

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

A hidden gem in upstate South Carolina. Well-marked and well-maintained trail. Consists of two loops laid end-to-end, so you can hike only one loop for 1.5 miles if you are not up to the full 4 mile journey. The secluded northern part of the park is my favorite section of the loop. Features a small but hard-to-see natural bridge and a fantastic overlook of Lake Keowee. Also several nice rock outcrops and small waterfalls.

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Great trail that combines great forest views with an awesome stretch of lakeside scenery. Short hike at less than five miles but has some good climbs and descents. Highly recommend.

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Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Fun hike nothing too difficult. Need to watch for snakes though.

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