Explore the most popular walking 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.

hiking
23 hours 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 day 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 day 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!

hiking
6 days 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
7 days 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.

Love it went in September...

Amazing hike! Lots of varied terrain but definitely the stair master of hikes. I can’t wait to do it again. I started at 8:40 and was back at base 11:40.

hiking
10 days ago

It is challenging but very much worth it once you’re at the top. It takes at least 4 hours round trip for a leisure/good cardio pace. Beautiful waterfalls at the beginning and beautiful views at the top.

Delightful hike (even at age 72 and with bad knees). Had to lean on the shoulders of my wife Jan a few times on the steeper declines but what a joy this trail offers. Lovely views of the lake and mountains, and a few blooming Rhodedendrons as an added bonus.

hiking
17 days ago

Super well-kept and challenging trail! I did it with my dog today, and we had a ton of fun. One tip I would give that I haven't seen is that if you are bringing your dog, have them wear a harness or something that has a handle or an easy way to grab them just in case. There are some steep rock faces with very narrow steps, and my dog slipped a couple of times while trying to make her own path, so I had to grab her. Maybe that's just my clumsy girl, but her dog-pack having a handle on it helped a lot with my piece of mind.

Just the right length for 3 elementary school kids to stay excited without getting bored. Wonderful view. People are having trouble finding the trail head because the sign fell over and is laying beside it. It's on the right side of the road about 150 feet or so up the road from the yield sign, which is on the left side of the road. It was clean and no trash. I had the kids wear pants because someone said there were ticks. No ticks, but that turned out to be a good idea because the path is narrow in places and there is some poison ivy, though no more than any other trail I've hiked. Hesitated after some of the reviews here, but so glad we did it. You should, too.

hiking
22 days ago

Amazing hike and views. Do not underestimate this trail it was challenging both up and down. Trial was well marked throughout and tons of people around.

well worn trail, nowhere designated to park but we just parked on the side of the road across from the sign so no biggy. views are great and my dogs loved the shorter trail for a change !

Very well maintained and clearly laid out. The was a lot of uphill, and at a relatively good income. But, the view is well worth it. We plan on doing the loop to Pinnacle Mountain next time!

Great hike, not as easy for us older folks, but well worth it. There are a lot of trees fallen across the trail. In one spot the trail is totally obscured. We tried to follow the track on Alltrails and still ended up off trail. We eventually spotted the trail below us, the descent back down to it was steep. Following the trail back it was not hidden.

hiking
26 days ago

Easy but nice.

hiking
27 days ago

Hard!! But worth it and BEAUTIFUL VIEW at the top. Actually it has awesome views throughout the hike. I’ve hiked it 4 times. Highly recommend this hike but be prepared and have plenty of H2O.

hiking
29 days ago

Not as hard as the park rangers tell and several spots for great views!

I hiked this trial on the 19th of April. Very steep path, certainly between start and first 1.5 miles. Certainly after 2 miles it gets less demanding. At Governors Rock faced a lot of wind but enjoyed a lot the view. The overlook on top of Table Rock is magnificent. Fantastic view over the massive forests this region has. Definitely worthwhile! All in all this can be a tough hike for non trained persons. I started the hike at 11h30 and got back at the entrance around 14h30. One can do it in half a day. Great to have this hike checked of off my to-do-list. Greetings

hiking
1 month ago

This hike, in my opinion, is an ideal day hike. It has it all: a timeline totally doable in a half day, interesting trail that is well maintained, and amazing views from the top. I hiked this on a Wednesday in April, starting at 7:40 am, and reaching the summit in a little under 1 hr 40 min. I hiked with my favorite hiking companion (my dog), and we had a great time. We didn't see a single person on the way up, or during our 50- minute stay at the top! We had GREAT views from many lookouts on the huge summit. We started our descent a little after 10, and got back to the car at 11:30. We were taking our time on the way down, as I had to negotiate my dog down the steep rock sections at the top, and he had to sniff and pee on a lot of things. So overall trip time was 3 hr 50 min, but only 3 hr of that being actual hiking, with 50 min at the summit. For planning purposes, this hike was not particularly difficult if you are a semi-regular hiker and in decent shape. However, if your idea of a "hike" is something like Yellow Branch Falls (3 miles on flat terrain through the woods), then this may not be the hike for you. Would not recommend for inexperienced hikers, individuals who are out of shape, or those with joint issues, due to the steeper sections of the trail. If you are in good shape, you should get a nice little workout doing this. Overall, a great view and experience payout for relatively low time investment. I will certainly be going back!

As Everyone says... Very difficult, but worth it! It had been on our to do list for years. Don't care what anyone says, it's definitely harder coming back down. Great feeling of accomplishment for casual hikers.

Great easy hike to a pretty waterfall. The the connection spur to the waterfall is unmarked but well established. It ascends rapidly at the very end. Take your time and the view will be well worth your hard work.

1 month ago

Great hike! Tough trek but the view atop make it totally worth the torture. The app underestimates the actual elevation gain and loss. The app’s elevation map stars the trailhead starts around 1200’ and the summit is around 3000’ which would put total elevation in the 3400’- 3600’ range and not the 2600’ listed. In other words it’s more difficult than you might think.

hiking
1 month ago

Just hiked to the highest point and back. Great afternoon hike.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a good hike for a family. We have three kids ages 5, 9 and 13. This trail was good all around. We aren’t in the best shape of our lives either. Nice moderate and beautiful location. Well kept trails with breathtaking falls.

Good loop! Kids love playing at end in waterfall.

Challenging hike, with great views.

hiking
1 month ago

hiked this today with my 5 & 3 year old sons. They loved it and so did I. We hiked in some lunch and ate at the lookout. Overall it was a great day!!

Kid friendly, many side trails. the trail is marked periodically, but the main trail is pretty worn and easy to follow. When you come to a 3-way: left goes to towers at the top, middle and right go to beautiful overlook! It doesn't take long to complete the trail!

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