Explore the most popular birding trails near Pickens with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This was an awesome experience. The beginning of the trail had a waterfall/stream where kids played in. At the end of the hike it gives you the option of cooling yourself off lol. Once you get to governors rock I would say your 2/3 of the way up to the summit. If you can keep pushing forward the view is definitely worth it. I do caution there is some intervals of heavy incline. After these inclines the trail flattens out a bit to give you a decent break before the next one.

Great trail! pack plenty of water and snacks! your knees will definitely feel it the next day!

Excellent hike. Good view from Bald Knob. Dropped my water bottle down a ravine towards the top. Luckily a kind woman gave me a bottle of water down back at the nature center. Very much appreciated. Thanks!!!!

Last mile is tough- Note: this is 8.4 miles out and back. Beautiful view at bald knob at 3.6 miles. Can be subtropical conditions in summer at the lower altitude, need bug spray in summer trail is not as cleared as Table Rock trail.

A great hike on a clear summer day. Gets pretty steep and rocky in some areas. Plenty of options to take additional trails and loops around. The streams and waterfalls right after the trailhead are a great treat after a long hike.

At the time of writing the both water fountains at the trailhead were out of service. Make sure you come prepared with at least 2 liters!

nice hike, a lot of climbing. great views

I give one star not for the trail... but to advise others that this trail is currently closed.

Did this in 3hrs 30mins during a lightning storm and down pour. In Summer ridgeline is a bit overgrown with some fallen trees and tons of ticks. I had to tick check every half mile and pulled off 5 ticks total. Run is pretty straight forward, no views on ridgeline until the bald from pinnacle or tablerock. I started on Pinnacle trail. No water up top, bring what you need.

trail running
13 days ago

Nice trail, tons of streams when you start and people bathing in the waterfalls. You go through a waterfall at some point and then reach two balds at the top. No water up there. At the very top, its just a sign, no views. Did this on my run of the loop to table rock.

hiking
17 days ago

Wonderful mountain to hike, and it will definitely give you a workout..

Wonderful hike! This one will get you sweating! Lots of stone steps and uphills, great mix. The hike begins pretty easy, then ramps it up with some stone steps and elevation, then it gets easy again until after mile 2, be prepared to scale some rocks! The views from governor's rock are spectacular and a good resting point before making it all the way to table Rock! wonderful views!

One of the only hikes in table rock state park that you won’t be surrounded by other hikers the entire time. Beginner - Intermediate level hike. Don’t miss the trail head to the falls, trail right, immediately after the creek crossing. The hike up is breath taking, steep creek with granite cliffs and boulder gardens surrounding. Don’t be a pack mule, be sure to get off trail and look around. Caves, swimming holes, and so much more to be had here .

A decent trail until you get off onto the spur. Overgrown with nettles at your ankles (hiked in June) Fallen trees block your way on the spur and it’s hard to traverse in general. No views either.

hiking
23 days ago

Everyone who is saying this trail is not for beginners....they are 100% correct. I am fairly overweight and this was my first time hiking, it took me a long time to hike this trail. It's entirely uphill, lots of stone steps that make it difficult for someone short like me. At the end of the day though I was really proud of myself for completing it!

I don’t know if it’s always like this, but the trail was super overgrown. Totally our fault for not wearing pants, but thank goodness we had on bug spray. I did it with my 3 year old and my 10 month old baby in a backpack carrier and my 3 year couldn’t enjoy the hike due to batting off plants in her face the entire time. The overlook is gorgeous though, making the hike/walk worth it...for me a least haha.

on Glassy Mountain Trail

23 days ago

Easy walk. Rained when I went which made it a bit slippery. Loved the view and peace. Trail head feels hidden by all the overgrowth; however, I loved the fact there weren’t a lot of people on the trail. I loved this trail. Wish it was longer! Needs to be cut a bit because it is a tad overgrown. Wonderful view. Not any designated parking, must look for trail.

on Table Rock Trail

hiking
23 days ago

Best trail ever. I visit every year with my kids. Not for lazy people or beginners.

hiking
24 days ago

This was an amazing hike! We checked in at 9:25AM and got back to the nature center around 2:20PM. Had the weather been cooler and not as humid, we probably could have done this in less than 4 hours. If you are planning to go this summer, please pack a lot of fluids, snacks, and proper footwear as the terrains are pretty uneven for most of the hike. We saw a few people that had to turn back because they came unprepared.

hiking
25 days ago

Awesome trail! Hard work but you are very rewarded for your effort at the top.

Perfect family friendly trail. Go left first so you do the incline along the creek. It’s so much fun going over the stepping stones and bridges. Our 3 year old loved it and our baby was in a backpack carrier.

breathtaking views and although a little grown up the trails were gorgeous as well.. the trail head isn't far past the fork (there's a yield sign on the opposite side of the road) we parked on the side of the road. there's quiet a few different paths and weren't marked very well but wasn't much of an issue. overall great hike and will definitely visit again

hiking
1 month ago

Took my 3 children, wife, and dog hiking on this trail for the first time today. I have never seen so many waterfalls on a trail in such a short distance. This was a little strenuous for my 4 year old but we made it and everyone loved it. The beginning section is beautiful and having the chance for the kids to play in the water was great. This trail was a surprise for me and I enjoyed it greatly. I would highly recommend to anyone else.

hiking
1 month ago

It was good for a 9, 7 and 2 year old! It was very pretty and had lots of places for the kids to stop see the stream.

hiking
1 month ago

Perfect spot for a spontaneous weekend mountain hike. It was just under 4 hours from Charleston and I stayed less than a mile from the trailhead at Laurel Mountain Inn.
I was the first one on the Mountain Sunday morning right at 7 am and didn't see a single person on the way up. It took me right at 1 hour 45 minutes to reach the summit and a little less than that to get down (it helped I was hiking alone).
It was pretty cool out (about 55-60 degrees) but I still needed over 2 liters of water so bring plenty, especially if its warm.
The views are incredible so definitely worth it. But it gets pretty steep at times so you'll want to be in halfway decent shape to make it all the way up. After the first 2 miles there are some flat stretches which help.

Love this trail! What a beautiful view when you make it to the top!

backpacking
1 month ago

Hiked this May 13-14 camped overnight on the foothills trail. Saw a family of bears at the 1.5 mile point on Pinnacle, Momma and three cubs. They eventually climbed a tree right above the trail as groups passed below. Very hot low 90s, water was available on trail to be filtered. Hike up was strenuous few trees down that you need to climb through. Great view from Bald Knob both days.

hiking
1 month ago

Trail is definitely worth it only problem me and my aunt really ran into was that we did not bring enough water but other than that the hardest part we found about the trail is most of the trail obviously is uphill but there is a lot of steps on the trail. At the end of the trail though it is all worth it.

on Raven Rock Loop Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Hike natural bridge trail to raven creek loop. Steep in some areas but nicely marked and flat gravel. Had 3 kids and 2 dogs with us and it was a nice hike.

Loved this trail! Did May 10 so some wildflowers were blooming and weather was great. Use bug spray- gnats were out. Not as crowded as Table Rock trail but I liked just as well. Well marked with blazes and occasional signs, and markers every half mile. View maybe not quite as magnanimous but still quite nice at Bald Knob ~2800 ft. Hiking on up to Pinnacle Mt summit ~ 3500ft pretty good workout but no view really. Does connect with TR trail if want to do longer loop. Your quads and glutes will remind you that you did something next day or two!

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