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Great trail. The waterfall is beautiful. I'll be hiking it again soon.

Went with family. Nothing special on the way to the waterfall. Waterfall was great though! Don't know if I'd go back and do that one.

Great trail, awesome hike, amazing waterfall.

Second time on the trail. Did the loop counter clockwise this time and enjoyed it more. Saw. BEAR and CUB scurrying up a tree but watching us closely!!!! Very cool and humbling.

Such a fun loop! A few places you’ve got to get your feet wet. A little crowded at the trailhead but it opens up as you pass he waterfall. Even a chance to swim in the falls at the end.

This trail is just under 8 miles from parking lot to parking lot. We went clockwise, down Dismal and up Naturaland trail. There’s a cool foot bridge at the bottom. The Naturaland trail between the two bridges can be a little brutal, very steep, but not bad. My wife and I had no trouble with trekking poles, though there are a few scrambles. Take bug spray, food, and 2-3 liters of water. We did the loop in about 4:45, taking our time and stopping for lunch.

on Raven Rock Loop Trail

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4 days ago

I did both loops. Late morning/early afternoon hike, and very few people on trail. There were a few places along the trail where tree branches fell due to recent storms. Forest views with beautiful overlook of lake. Lots of elevation changes. Great workout!

6 days ago

This nature walk has been a tradition in my family for years. I always loved going every year a child and now bringing my children. Bring a good picnic and make a day.

This hike was more like walking up a drainage ditch. it was wet, muddy, and slick. The fact that it did not look like a trail wouldn't have been an issue if the trail was clearly marked, but it was not. very easy to get lost.There are ladders and slick flat rocks to walk over. I won't be doing this hike again.

Abandoned plan to hike to Table Rock because it seemed to hot for my dog to leave the cooling off creeks behind.
About a third of the way in to Carricks Creek I came around a bend and there was a small black bear right in front of me (about 20 yd), he saw me at the same time and he casually turned around and trotted back direction Carrick Creek
This is a very nice easy loop trail if you want to stay near the water.

I took the trail from Table Rock to Laurel Valley yesterday morning 8-3-18 during the rain. The Creeks and Falls along the trail were raging but awesome to see and hear. Crossing points were still safe but reccomend the upmost caution. The sky's cleared by the time I crested at Sassafras overlook. I made the section in 4:35. Looking forward to Hiking the trail all the way to OSP soon.

Easy, well marked trail to hike.
This waterfall is my absolute favorite. To say that it’s stunningly beautiful is a complete understatement! It’s truly magical!
100% worth the drive and the hike to get to it!

pretty flat but could be a nice running trail

Easy hike with great reward payoff at the end. Falls were awesome and definitely highly recommended! I prefer this set of falls over Station Cove honestly. I was there all by myself in the AM! Dog did great too!

Pretty solid little quick trail to a nice payoff! The falls are super pretty and def a good photo op! Dog did just fine too!

We did the first 30 miles from Oconee to Whitewater Falls October 2017 in 2.5 days. Pretty cruisy with some great camp sites. Didn't see anyone on our Thursday to Saturday walk. Went back to Table Rock SP May 3, 4, 5, 2018, and finished up the last 48 miles. Sassafras Mt. was closed due to the new tower construction. There was one worker dude up there in a truck hanging out with his girlfriend. We obeyed and took the detour but I wasn't pleased. We finished day 2 with Heartbreak Ridge and I agree with a previous poster on finishing the day with Heartbreaker and getting yourself one of the sweeeeeet campsites by the Toxaway because the next day you got about 16 pretty tough miles to the camp that the Girlscouts constructed close to the base of Whitewater Falls. Hats off to all the Eagle Scouts who did their community service projects on this trail; their everywhere. As for water... it's everywhere.

Well-maintained trail, saw a couple frogs and turtles but not much else. Probably prettier in the fall and spring, but hardly any flowers or color. Easy hike with a few hills. Overall, not bad.

We did the lower trails and it’s a very short very pretty, easy hike. The falls are beautiful and there are places for some nice swimming too that seem safe!

Fav trail!

I stopped to do this trail as I was passing through the area, and it was well worth it. First, know that they do require you to pay $2 for a permit at the trailhead which you have to display in your car. I didn't realize this and didn't have any $1 bills with me. The trail itself really has it all - steep ascents and descents, gradual ascents and descents, technical terrain with rocks and roots, waterfalls, streams, a suspension bridge, a wooden bridge, and a lot of obstacles (mostly fallen trees) to climb over and crawl under. I highly recommend doing the loop clockwise so that you do the steep sections before you reach the suspension bridge. Once you're at the bridge you feel like you've really accomplished something, and then you have a fairly easy route back to your car. I can't imagine having to do the steepest sections at the end. For those interested in trail data, my garmin says it was 7.7 miles and 2,438 feet of elevation gain. I jogged the flats and downhills and slowly plodded on the uphills, and I completed the loop in about 2 hrs 15 mins.

Loved this one! It’s well marked, multiple easy creek crossings, beautiful falls! I recommend dipping your feet in the water & enjoying the refreshing cold water!

Enjoyed the distance and views with bridges. Narrow at certain areas but the waterfall was well worth it!

very nice trail, however if you want a better view of the falls you need to take the lower falls trail. This trail takes you along the top of the falls with limited view of the falls themselves. lots of pretty views and easy trail grades. near the end the trail picks up a old railroad bed with railroad rail in numerous places. The trail does need maintenance with a fair amount of trees down but nothing that you can't navigate.

Went there today, 7/22/18. Could not find the trail for the falls. Checked in at the little store in the campgrounds...they said the trail was closed due to fire damage.

Very amazing to see in person there is another trail here that is like 6 miles that is very cool to walk through and there are black bears

I agree with others, start left and ascend with the creek on your left. Many opportunities to stick you feet in the water, if you want to. Several slippery spots, I wished I had brought my walking stick.

Awesome trial with well marked trials.

Best part is the section near Main Rd end, beautiful low country marsh

Nice little hike.. not difficult at all and even small children can do that... the waterfall at the end is really beautiful!!

A fun hike! This was a prelude to my hiking the Foothills Trail four times.

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