Raven Rock Loop Trail

MODERATE 87 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.

3.8 miles
793 feet

dog friendly

kid friendly




nature trips

trail running







wild flowers


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.

14 days 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.

18 days 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

1 month ago

Great moderate hike with beautiful views of the lake.

1 month 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.

2 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.

3 months ago

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

3 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.

4 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.

6 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.

7 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.

9 months ago

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

9 months ago

Very solid trail for a day hike. Beautiful views of the lake on a calm clear day.

9 months ago

Good afternoon hike.

11 months ago

Loved this trail. great views of the lake.

Friday, November 04, 2016

This trail offers awesome scenes of the lake and open hardwoods. The trail is nice and very well maintained. It is steep in sections and creates a decent challenge. Don't follow the original track, it's off. The mileage is closer to 4.3 miles if you make it a loop rather than an out and back.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

The 4.4 mile loop was all this overweight 54 year old could handle. Two hours and ten minutes of beautiful scenery and great exercise with frequent short rests, especially on the return portion of the hike.

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Nice loop. We took the right. I think if we would've taken the left, it may have been a little less uphill. Not that it mattered but I have 3 kids and it was middle of the afternoon, hot and humid. Overall, it's a pretty hike. Several small water creeks, cool little waterfall and cave like area around the natural bridge. Wish I had done an early morning hike.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

This was a great hike my friends and I attempted. We planned a weekend camping trip at the primitive sites alongside the trail. While the hike itself was perfect, we brought along a large cooler and 80 pounds of camping gear. If you are camping and do not have a canoe/kayak, then pack lightly! I love this hike and the campsites associated with it.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Beautiful hike! We saw lots of wild flowers in bloom! I finally made it to the update to hike when the rhododendrons were in bloom. They had not reached their peak yet, but still beautiful! We hiked the Natural Bridge trail and the Raven Rock trail. We hiked at a comfortable pace, while stopping to take lots of pictures, and it only took 2 and a half hours.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

nice camp on top of the mountain with a short walk to the beach

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