Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

on Carrick Creek Loop

hiking
1 day ago

Tough. 10.4 miles total. Pinnacle to Ridge to Table Rock is the way to go.

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

One of my favs

18 days ago

This is by far the most difficult trail I’ve ever done. Going up is basically like 2-2.5 hours of stairmaster. There is a brief reprieve between mile 2.0 - 2.5 and after you reach the summit the last half mile is all downhill on the far side of the summit to the overlook. The hardest part for me was the half mile back to the summit when I started back down the trail from the overlook, probably just because I was so worn out from coming up. The whole trail out and back is 7.2 miles (3.6 each way). There is a lot of visible damage from recent storms, but overall a nice scenic journey. The halfway shelter is so-so, but there is a big boulder just past it that’s perfect for a rest and has A+ views. A little scrambling was required between mile 2.5 and the summit, but nothing tough. Steps have been cut/blasted into some of the steeper rock faces which makes it easy to scale those. The views from the overlook are truly some of the best I have ever seen and really gave me a new respect for the SC upstate area. There were some nice water features on the initial part of the trail also. My legs were complete jelly when I got back to the bottom and my extremities were starting to get swollen and stiff, but it was in the low 80’s and extremely humid. All in all I was glad I did it though, feels like a real accomplishment. I started at 8:30 am on a weekday and didn’t pass a single person all the way up, but did meet a few people on the way down. Seemed like there was minimal park staff around.

VERY strenuous. This hike is a very steep one and you will feel like you’re rock climbing more than hiking at times, especially as you near the end. You will definitely need the two liters of water per person that the state park recommends. I felt the work that the hike required was a bit much for the view at the end. The views were pretty, but I’ve hiked to better overlooks before. I wouldn’t recommend this as a casual hike, but it’s a good one for hiking enthusiasts.

hiking
26 days ago

This was the hardest hike I’ve ever completed. I used to think that the Appalachian Approach Trail was hard. Oh, the bar has been raised. It took me an embarrassing amount of time to reach the 3 mile mark. Perhaps it’s time to increase plyometrics in my workouts.

Follow the advice of bringing plenty of water. Wear grippy shoes, as there are parts of the trail that require you to scramble up boulders. I did this hike in August and didn’t get a single tick on me, which was awesome, considering I forgot the bug spray. Some mosquitoes present but not surprising, given all of the water.

Speaking of which - there are many places to stop and admire the waterfalls that trickle, cascade, and rush down the mountain. If you love waterfalls, this one ticks a lot of boxes.

The geology is beautiful and interesting here too.

The views are gorgeous. I liked the one at Governors Rock the best, though wandering the overlook past the summit was rewarding in different ways.

The plant life at the summit overlook (and Gov’s Rock) is fascinating. I’ve never seen happier moss and lichen. I also spotted a lizard up there, which was odd to me. I didn’t expect to see one.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! Watch out for rattlesnakes and bring at least 2L of water!

Easy hike with plenty of beautiful views. Took my 4 year old and my 6 year old and they loved it.

It's a little steep but well worth the clime.

Walked the two trails on the morning of the 19Aug2018. I started at the Cedar Creek Trailhead, The trail was in decent shape but did need some maintenance. For the most part, the two trails were a good morning hike. You can tell that the trails don’t get much usage. It looked like that some maintenance was done in the early summer. This Preserve is a beautiful area and was well worth the effort in preserving. I really look forward to walking the other trails that are under construction.

This hike is amazing but it’s a tough one. We took some of our students from church. It’s tough and I would recommend not doing it if your out of shape. Do some small trails and build up. It whooped our tail but was amazing. It was raining so the view of terrible once we got up there but it was still decent. It’s strenuous but worth the trip if you can do it

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

hiking
1 month ago

Probably the best hike in the state of South Carolina. Some really cool spots off the beaten path if you know where to look. Make sure you get there early, it does get rather busy.

LOVE this trail!

hiking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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.

on Raven Rock Loop Trail

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Started around 0800 yesterday morning and had some slippery/muddy trails during the first half mile or so then it dried up. Got to the scenic outlook 2 hrs later. Beautiful views!!! Definitely worth the hike. There were a few tricky parts in places that required hands to climb up but overall it was a lightly strenuous and very rewarding hike. Definitely recommend!!!

Strenuous hike but definitely worth the beautiful views once you reach the top! Feels like you’re on top of the world:)
Like others have mentioned, bring plenty of water to help stay hydrated!
Finished the hike with an immense sense of accomplishment

hiking
1 month ago

Loved the hike! Definitely hard going up but the views are worth it! Take plenty of water! I would hike it again in a heart beat! Lots of steps. Amazing that the trail was created by the CCC back in the 30’s.

Very good trail. Had lots of water on trails that made some of the rock climbs very slick but was overall great. Carry plenty of water.

Last thing i forgot to mention to the right of the finale overlook there is a waterfall on the side of the moutain.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun hike. I felt it was arduous but a beautiful view. Definitely need 2-3 L of water and snacks are worthwhile. ☺️

hiking
1 month ago

Very fun and great views. Honestly it was not as difficult as expected. I even saw a 6 year old hike to the top. Just a warning once you get to the sumit you must keep walking to get the best most amazing view of the trail. The trail very fun though and had several waterfalls at the beginning you can swim in after the long hike. I highly recommend to taking a few hours and trying it but bring large amouts of water i saw at least 5 groups unable to make it because they ran out by governors rock.

hiking
1 month ago

This Hike was amazing and difficult but the views were stunning.

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.

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