Raven Rock Loop Trail

MODERATE 81 reviews

Raven Rock Loop Trail is a 3.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Sunset, 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
3.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1010 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

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.

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6 days ago

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19 days 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.

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2 months ago

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

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2 months ago

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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2 months ago

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2 months ago

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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4 months ago

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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5 months ago

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.