Bill Kimball Trail

Caesar's Head State Park, South Carolina

Elevation Gain2,104ft
Trailhead Elevation2,959ft
Elevation Min/Max2007/3052ft
Elevation Start/End2959/2959ft

Bill Kimball Trail

Bill Kimball Trail is a hiking trail in Greenville County, South Carolina. It is within Caesar's Head State Park. It is two miles long and begins at 2,959 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,104 feet. This trail connects with the following: Coldspring Branch Trail.

Bill Kimball Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"The playful waters of Coldspring branch offer a nice counterpoint to the overwhelming views of the rock dome called El Lieutenant, the key attraction of this half-day loop. The loop hike described here is a combination of two Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area trails. The Bill Kimball Trail is the more difficult and spectacular, while Coldspring Branch Trail is the more restful. Together, they create a dynamite, but difficult, loop trail. This hike is recommended only for experienced hikers with appropriate equipment, because parts of the Bill Kimball Trail are steep, rocky, and uneven. The star of this hike is a huge rock dome.

Its resemblance to the famous El Capitan of Yosemite National Park has led trail-builders to dub it El Lieutenant. Coldspring Branch harbors now-rare native trout, while ravens, seldom encountered in South Carolina, hang out at El Lieutenant. Broad-winged hawks soar overhead. Of course, Coldspring Branch has plenty of rhododendron and mountain laurel, but the stream is also noted for its spring wildflowers. Trees along the way include northern red oak, scarlet oak, white oak, chestnut oak, white pine, Fraser magnolia, and hickory. Carolina hemlock grow on El Lieutenant."

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This is a great half day loop trail. It gives you several different hiking experiences. This trail is great for dogs as it has many water sources that remain constant in the hot summer months. Starting on Bill Kimball is a downhill hike past large cliffs and down switchback. At the gap you hike along the Saluda River. There is a connector to the Jones Gap Trail as well. The Cold Springs trail is a moderate up hill hike that you will feel when you get to the end. There are not any water falls to view, but you also avoid the crowds. Pack a lunch and enjoy it while cooling your feet in the river.

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Trail Information

Caesar's Head State Park
Nearby City
Caesar's Head State Park
Skill Level
Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area, Caesar's Head State Park, 8155 Geer Highway, Cleveland, SC 29635; (864) 836-6115.
Local Contacts
Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area map, available at Caesar's Head State Park; Cleveland USGS quads
Local Maps

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Nov 2018