Raven Rock Loop Trail

MODERATE 257 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

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

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 Keowee. 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.

hiking
4 minutes ago

My pup and I got up early to do another trail that was closed and ran across this one. It was perfect for what we needed. A few hours of a clear, clean path. Saw a few other hikers and got to view the camp sites that I’m sure we will be at soon. No downed trees that hadn’t been cut, some rocky access to the lake should you want. Good views and tree cover.

hiking
rocky
7 days ago

Beautiful! Some great views of the lake

hiking
13 days ago

Nice trail. Lots of ups and downs but not too hard. Not too much to see but if still decent lake views in the middle part.

hiking
15 days ago

Trail was tough. There was plenty of shade most of the way. Leg fatigue did set in on the way back around the last mile. The trail did have a small breakoff where you could get down to the water and that made it worth it.

hiking
20 days ago

Loved this trail! Only did the small loop because I have two young children who wouldn’t have lasted through the big loop. This trail is kid friendly, dog friendly, has lots of little waterfalls throughout. Very quiet and scenic once you get deeper into the trail.

hiking
23 days ago

Loved it. The natural mountain Bridge part was harder for me because it was lots of roots and rocks. I will do it again. Nice elevation variation and turns and lots to see.

hiking
1 month ago

Enjoyed the trail! Definitely one I would hike again. Just be careful of snakes and bears. Went this morning and saw two snakes (luckily moved off the path quickly on their own) and a medium sized black bear cub halfway into the hike. Didn’t stick around long enough to see where the mom was!

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent trail, beautiful views of the Lake , highly recommended for families, solo, with you friends and

hiking
1 month ago

Good combo of not so crazy elevation change accompanied with Lake views and creeks and small waterfalls.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail which was easy to follow. Paths were well kept. Only found two downed trees across the trail but otherwise is well maintained. View by the lake is really nice. Took about 2.5 hours for 5 of us and we took 3 or 4 drink breaks. Highly recommend.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike with nice views of the lake. Stopped and swam at the waterfall/boulder crossing on the way out.

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome hike! Great for people just starting out!

walking
3 months ago

Stay on the trail! You are entering an area crawling with black bear. Went into this area middle January for hog scouting and an eerie feeling like something was watching me got stronger and stronger. Please pack a .357 magnum or .44 magnum S&W. Talked to the forest manager during turkey season and he let me know there are a lot of bear in this area.

hiking
5 months ago

Wonderful hike for families especially if you are new to the area. Nice natural bridge with lots of rock climbing, great view of the lake at Raven Rock, nice areas to rest and cool off on the water on the hike back. Warning Julie back is mostly up hill and bring bug spray for warmer weather. Would do this again.

hiking
rocky
6 months ago

Solid trail, but wouldn’t go back.

6 months ago

Very nice hike. Despite heavy rains the day before, the trail was in good condition. Nobody else hiking that day even though it was nice weather. Took me about 2 1/2 hours.

hiking
muddy
6 months ago

Hiked this loop this morning, it was great! There are a few small muddy patches, and most of the water crossings are mildly flooded, but nothing too difficult. Wildflowers are just starting to bloom!

hiking
6 months ago

Great loop for average level hikers. Some ups but nothing terrible.

hiking
6 months ago

This trail was awesome. It was very clearly marked the entire way and it had just enough hills to make it a little challenging without being too difficult. Beautiful views, too!!

7 months ago

very clean, peaceful hike.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful day for a hike. Peaceful quiet hike this morning. Views of the lake from Raven Rock Trail we’re amazing! The trail was fairly easy, except for the parts I had to climb. They weren’t really difficult I just struggle climbing hills. Definitely recommend this hike.

8 months ago

I did this trail for the second time yesterday and it was great. The trail is easily marked, not crowded, and beautiful the whole way.

hiking
8 months ago

Great moderate hike with lots of running water, beautiful lake views.

10 months ago

nice well marked trails

11 months ago

Great trail. Well marked and easy to follow. Excellent view points over seeing the lake.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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

Saturday, September 15, 2018

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

One of my favs

hiking
Saturday, September 15, 2018

hiking
Friday, August 17, 2018

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

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