Tamassee Knob Trail is a 4.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mountain Rest, South Carolina that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length4.1 miElevation gain751 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingForestViewsBugsMuddyOver grown
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Luke Jones
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TLDR: Great trail. Great views. Hard work for me as an unfit overweight guy but very doable so don’t be afraid. Loved the trail. I’m 300lb, unfit, and scared of heights but I managed to put one foot in front of the other all the way up and back ok. Sure, it was a workout, but that’s part of the fun! Beautiful trail, with some narrow paths that I didn’t love given my fear of heights, and yes there is a good 0.2mi uphill at the end that is tough, but very doable and the views make the whole thing MORE than worth it. Loved the trail and I’d do it again in a heartbeat. I wanted to leave this review so that other people (like myself, given my fitness) who may be put off by some of the reviews understand that it’s very doable.

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K. McMahan
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Went on a Monday around 11 am and had the trail to ourselves. Strenuous parts are final ascent to knob and some returning sections. About halfway along the route, the trail narrows with somewhat steep drop offs. Widens back up for a bit but then narrows again for last half mile with a pretty steep drop off. Gorgeous views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. (You can see Table Rock.) Great rock for resting and having lunch. When the leaves aren’t on the trees, you have nice views of the mountains along parts of the trail.

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Victor Klimas
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HikingGreat!

Nice trail. 4.2mi round trip. Very clean trail. Very few rocks. Got there today before 10. Lot at trail head has maybe 15 spaces, 3 were open, and overflow is past this a short distance. Would agree with moderate trail overall, harder at end. We had the rock lookout to ourselves. Passed about seven people total on the way down. Beautiful views that will be obscured with Spring growth very shortly.

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Tom Monaghan
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Great trail. We started from campground, so our mileage is a little higher than from trail head. Some parts of trail very narrow, but very passable. EXCELLENT view from the knob.

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Sam Henley
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A nice 4.2 mile RT hike. LOTS of Trillium beside the trail. View through the bare trees is just beginning to fade as spring foliage is making its appearance. The view from the small rock overlook is still nice. We had the trail to ourselves until about 10 am; after that the number of hikers steadily grew. (Note: Parking spaces were gone at 9am)

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david salley
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if you ever want to experience what your parents went through went they walked to school uphill both ways....this was probably the path they took to class. Eat your weaties before you walk this one!

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david salley
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beautiful view at the end of the trail, but the climb up is rough!

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Gwendolyn Woodward
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Date hiked: 2/20/21 Distance: 4.2 miles Rating: Moderate (some easy parts, some harder parts) Comments: pretty peaceful trail. Small parking lot (less than 15 cars fit there right at the trail, but there’s an additional lot further up the road). Trail had some quite narrow sections, which would be difficult when busy because there’s not much room to move past people (especially like with a pup). Beautiful trail, fairly quiet. The lookout rock is rather small, compared to other ones I’ve been too. Definitely a good trail!

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Jason Ferguson
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Jack B
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haley kendal
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Cory Ryan
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Easy to moderate, driving directions take you to wrong trailhead/parking lot. Upon entering park, stay right towards visitor center, then left at first campsite loop and follow around until next parking area, trailhead on left across road from parking area. Great views, predominately flats with 2 inclines

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Beth Trenor
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HikingGreat!

Hiked with my son, 2 friends, and their dogs. Trail was in great shape, easy to navigate, and not too difficult for anyone. A bit steep towards the top, but the views from the ridgeline (both sides) and the knob at the top were wonderful in the winter!

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Sierra VanSuch
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A cool hike along the ridge, really nice view at the end. Nothing too scary of a drop off.

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Matt H
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Best hike in SC with views much of the way, if done in the winter. It is a ridge hike with views on two sides at some points. I'm surprised this hike doesn't get more publicity. There was only one tree over the trail in early December. The maintenance people have removed other big trees on the trail or sawed an opening through them. I wouldn't say the sides of the trail are steep. There's no danger of falling in my view. Not hard on the knees. I rate it on the easy side of moderate. You can take a side hike to Hidden Falls off this trail. Oconee State Park, one of the 16 historic CCC state parks in SC, is a cool place to hang out before or after the hike. Issaqueena Falls which doesn't require a hike is nearby.

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Ellie Rhyne
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Gorgeous Trail! Not kid friendly- very narrow with steep ravines on both sides on some parts of the trail. But a fun trail with a fantastic view up top. Mountain views for the last half as you ascend a steeper slope. Worth the hike! Generally well marked. On the way back I accidentally took the wrong trail, so just make sure you pay attention to signs.

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William Johnson
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Great hike. A little strenuous at the top, but enjoyed our reward - a spot for wine in our chairs! Beautiful day.

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Cathy Dunn
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view is definitely worth the hike.

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Savannah Dooley
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HikingFeeGreat!

Great shorter hike! The first mile was a breeze and the second mile had some elevation but was beautiful. Well marked and we only passed a few hikers on the trail.

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max hipps
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Russ Phillips
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Some parts of the trail was washed out and over grown but the payoff was worth it. Nice hike.

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Nick Strait
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HikingGreat!

Took the family and our dog on this trail. Kids managed it well and all enjoyed the view at the end. I will say Im glad we took extra water for Lyanna cause there were no creeks or spots for her to get some, and it was surprisingly warm this day.

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Lori Lockhart
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Sam Faure
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Keith Nichols
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Nice easy trail to Tamassee Knob. Small section between Oconee State Park and USFS 705 isn’t very well maintained but easy to follow. Great view from the top! Took us an hour and 25 minutes to complete this afternoon.

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Nischal Bajra
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Nice moderate trail, but can be really slippery and a pain during rainfall! walk way is narrow. it took us 45-50 minutes each way. We met one couple on our way and one on our way back! A good jungle walk!

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Abhishek Khanal
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HikingGreat!

What an experience. There were few fallen branches on the way but other than that trail is well maintained. The view from top is absolutely gorgeous.

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Sandy Gunn
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Turned back before we reached the top due to the trail becoming too narrow and overgrown. Didn’t care for this trail and didn’t think it was worth the effort.

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Didi Smith
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We hiked from the trail head for the Foothills trail to the overlook. The trail is easy to see even though some of it is overgrown. If you have a small child walking with you, you'd probably want to pick him up so he doesn't have all the growth hitting him in the face. None of it was hard or strenuous just a steady uphill climb for a while.

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