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Table Rock State Park Professional Review and Guide
"A very difficult but immensely rewarding day hike featuring spectacular views from the top of the dramatic cliffs of Table Rock Mountain, as wall as a visit to the summit of Pinnacle Mountain. Table Rock is one of South Carolina’s most popular state parks. The imposing granite dome of Table Rock, the pristine mountain lake, the excellent network of trails—all draw visitors from far and near. The mountain got its name from Cherokee legend. The Cherokees believed that the Great Spirit used Table Rock as a dining table and the shorter mountain, The Stool, as a seat. The trail system at Table Rock State Park has been designated a National Historic Trail."
--John Clark & John Dantzler, Hiking South Carolina (Falcon Guides).
I hiked this trail in the rain and loved every minute of it. The rain kept a lot of people away so the entire day I think I saw 8 other people. The hike up has a few sections that are fairly difficult, especially for anyone with knee or ankle issues. The only downside of the clouds and rain was that I did not get to enjoy the view from the top. I did, however, get to sit on Table Rock and enjoy the rain. By the end of the hike down I was definitely worn out. I was sore the next day or two, but it was well worth it.
Very nice camping area and beautiful but a very strenuous trail. We went up the pinnacle trail. I was worn out by the time we got to the lookout but it was worth the long hike. Get started early and you will not see many people at all. Take plenty of water with you.
If you don't mind large crowds then this isn't a bad hike. When we arrived in the parking lot early in the morning it was already half full and there was a group of ~20 folks heading out at the same time as us. Since they were following the route described here we took the other direction hoping to have some solitary hiking time, but that side was crowded too. We actually preferred both the trail to Pinnacle and the scenery better than on the Table Rock side. The Table Rock trail is pretty much a huge set of steps heading to the top. I don't mind steps, but it gets boring after a few miles... We were even treated to people smoking cigarettes on the trail near us. Overall, some good views, but too "touristy" for me.
This is a great hike if your willing to work for the reward. I started from Crrick greek and went up the Pinnacle ascent first, ascent is the word. This is a tough hike, but the payoff at Mill Creek Falls and Bald rock are worth the effort alone. The summit is 3425ft and wooded. This where you would find the solitude as the trail is not overused here. Continue to Panther Gap on the Ridge trail and it is all downhill on the Table Rock Trail. Don't take it lightly , bring plenty of food, water, camera and sense of adventure. See you on the trail.
This was a great trail! A wonderful all around trail. Lots of great vistas, which at this time of year are spectacular. The leaves are near peak and a complete eyeful. There were some steep rocky climbs and a smattering of meadow-like flats. The view from the "table-top" was most definitely worth the climb. The hike up to the summit was about two and half to three hours. The descent was relatively faster. Be sure to bring water and snacks. I would highly recommend this trail.
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