Sassafras Mountain to Pinnacle Lake

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Table Rock State Park

Sassafras Mountain to Pinnacle Lake is a 9.1 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Sunset, South Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length9.1 miElevation gain980 ftRoute typePoint to point
Dogs on leashBackpackingCampingHikingNature tripsWalkingRunningForestLakeViewsWaterfallWildflowersWildlifeMuddy
Waypoints (11)
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Sassafras Mountain Parking
35.0645, -82.77623
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Cantrell Homestead
Homestead Site
35.0516469, -82.7690705
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Old Emory Toll Road
Old Emory Toll Rd (Hogdrovers Rd)
35.043131, -82.7539875
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Lunch spot on Drawbar Cliffs
Drawbar Cliffs
35.0283958, -82.7447975
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Junction with Pinnacle Mountain Trail
35.03212, -82.73924
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Bald Rock
35.02878, -82.73472
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Junction with Pinnacle Mountain Trail
35.03227, -82.72944
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Junction with Mill Creek Spur Trail
35.03367, -82.72252
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Junction with Carrick Creek Loop
35.03258, -82.70954
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Junction with Table Rock Trail
35.03361, -82.70196
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Table Rock Parking Area
35.03186, -82.69975
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Laura MacLean
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Dillon Qualls
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HikingGreat!

Started from Sassafras hiked out to Draw Bar Cliffs for lunch and headed back. Much harder on the way back.

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Timothy Crenshaw
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Nice hike with beautiful views! it blew snow on us all day. Great hike.

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William Moss
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John Harris
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Both the pinnacle and foot hill trails are in pretty good shape. A few areas new waterfalls have some sketchy crossing to do to the ice build up. This will kick you butt though. Lots of steep inclines to get the blood pumping.

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Tom Jenkins
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Pinnacle Mountain Trail, Foothills Trail, Sassafras Mtn, Pinnacle (Summit), Ridge Trail, Mills Creek Trail Great 23-mile overnight trip with some addons at the end. Started at Table Rock Nature Center and followed Pinnacle Mountain Trail Past the viewpoint (For some reason AllTrails does not show the leg between Pinnacle Viewpoint and Foothills trail) and entering the Foothills Trail. Camped at Cantrell Campsite about mile 8.5. Cantrell Campsite has several rock fire rings, bear hang and water (via cistern) nearby. From the entrance coming off the Foothills trail the bear hang is in the back left of campsite marked with orange flagging tape. From the same perspective water is on the back right again trees marked with orange flagging tape and a blue reflective marker near the cistern. Cold night and headed to Sassafras Mountain overlook in the am. The overlook is an incredible structure crossing the NC/SC boarder with 360 panoramic views. After a good 30+ minutes at overlook looped back down the Foothills Trail passing Cantrell Campsite, Lighthouse Campsite, and several features before coming back to the Pinnacle Trail in Table Rock State Park. Made a left on the Pinnacle Mountain trail to the summit then taking the Ridge Trail towards Table Rock Mountain. Made a right onto Mills Creek Trail then a Left onto Pinnacle Mountain trail heading back to the trailhead.

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Sherry Ott
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Whoopsie! Don’t make the same mistake we did...Didn’t notice it was point-to-point! Figured it out about 6 miles in Had lunch at Draw Bar Cliffs and then headed back. Beautiful trail.

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Brandy Mauldin
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Daniel Smith
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*This trail is 9 miles one way* Hiked to Bald Knob View point from Table Rock. It was a nice easy hike but there were lots of blown down trees and lots of acorns on the trail.

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Donald Sornson
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Natalie Worley
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Brandy Mauldin
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HikingOver grown

Challenging but enjoyable hike. Great views from several places on the trail, beautiful forestry, ample water sources.

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Amy Spainhower
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Hard with a pack

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Tom K
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Daryl Cooley
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HikingBlowdownBridge out

Our Memorial Day adventure this year. At 56, this was a tough trail. Plenty of downed trees from the spring storms. Excellent views and multiple waterfalls. My daughter’s GPS showed as a 10.9 mile hike. Overall - A GREAT DAY in the woods on the trail with my daughter!!!

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John Humphries
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The one star is due to us taking the wrong trail. Make sure you read the signage at the trailhead on Sassafras Mountain very carefully. We found it to be very confusing and ended up on the BLUE BLAZED Foothills SPUR Trail towards Caesars Head rather than on the white blazed Foothills Trail toward Table Rock. A little over 7 miles later we realized our mistake and wound up doing an extremely strenuous 14+ miles out and back. Definitely our mistake, but I can easily see others doing the same.

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Jesse Mason
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it was a great hike lots of views

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Kristy Garrett
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Mostly downhill from this direction. Beautiful wildflowers this time of year.

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Bill O'shields
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This trail is top notch. A trail runner's dream.

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Andrew Wood
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Went there last week. Awesome and difficult hike. Headed back in June. I didn't bring my camera as it was supposed to rain. Did it in 3 days.

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Cstillinger Cstillinger Chris
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Great trail. One of the best I’ve done yet!! Trail had a lot of great views, waterfalls, and much more. If you do this make sure you take plenty of protein to help your muscles recovery from all the climbing you will do. This only took us about a day and half. We ventured a little off course to get the overview of table rock as well.

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Ben H
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Great trail. It should be noted that there are no campsites in Table rock state park and it is against park rules to camp along the trail, so plan on doing the whole loop without stopping? We went in January and completed this in three days and two nights. We saw about twelve day hikers and I have been told that TBRSP is very crowded during the peak season. There is evidence of a previous forest fire throughout this whole trail. There are lots of rock caves. Water is not an issue except along the ridge trail.

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kevin maxey
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Chaz Kerr
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DJ Wilson
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John Hyatt
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George Panasuk
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