Explore the most popular trail running 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 is no joke. The hike is beautiful and my legs felt like Jello. It was intense but I am so glad I did it! My legs hurt for three days later. haha

Beautiful woods and flowers/mushrooms, but not a great hike with the kids. It is challenging (3 big vertical sections if you do the whole thing), but our kids were fine with that. The main issue was that the trails desperately need some clearing (especially the Cedar Rock portion). You are definitely going to walk through lots of weedy portions, including poison ivy and poison oak and there are portions of the trail you really can’t get around it, so wear pants, high socks, and your boots.

hiking
7 days ago

Great hike along the creek with lots of places to get in and enjoy the water. Great for dogs.

hiking
7 days ago

This is a very steep trail and at times you have to almost crawl up the rocks. It is tough going up, but totally beautiful once you get there. There were dogs that made it all the way up. Going down is a breeze compared to the trip up.

Easley loop around the lake. Pretty scenic hike. Came across a black bear on the trail. He quickly ran away after seeing us and us making noise.

This trail was not as easy as I thought it would be! Great workout for me.

LOVE THIS TRAIL! My 2yo and 5yo really enjoy the small bridges, view of the dam overflow, and small creek crossings. Plenty of benches to sit and enjoy the view of the lake. Also, there is a bench next to the dam that has the perfect view of Table Rock.

Great trail with nice views/overlooks. Elevation changes galore - a very rewarding hike.

hiking
12 days ago

This is my favorite CHALLENGING hike in S.C. I have done it many times and it never disappoints. Bring a lunch and eat it at the top with the view.

The main trail is fairly easy to follow, but this trail is super overgrown. I wouldn’t take small children and wear long pants. If you are near by, it’s a quick walk to an amazing overlook, but save this for the fall. Sunbathing snakes! The overgrowth make them hard to spot. We saw one small snake going to the overlook, and my 15 year old STEPPED ON a sizable one on the way back. Some locals indicated that there are numerous timber rattlers in this area. We won’t go back.

Really nice hike up to Pinnacle Mountain. A few rock scrambles and steep near the top. The first two miles runs along Carrick Creek with some really nice waterfalls and stream crossings. We hiked really early and there was hardly anyone on the trail. It can be crowded later in the day. Carry plenty of water!

hiking
22 days ago

This is an easy loop utilizing parts of the Table Mountain and Pinnacle Mountain trails. Hiking clockwise follows Carrick Creek with some beautiful waterfalls and stream crossings. We hiked early and traffic was light. Mountain Laurels were still blooming in Mid June.

Solid challenging trail with a dope lookout

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.

hiking
30 days ago

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

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
1 month 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
1 month 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!

hiking
1 month 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

1 month 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
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month 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
1 month ago

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

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