Table Rock State Park National Recreation Trail

Sassafras Mountain, South Carolina 29683

Table Rock State Park National Recreation Trail

Table Rock State Park: National Recreation Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This trail should be on the bucket list of every hiker who lives or visits the Upstate. There are definite bragging rights to be claimed as you climb over boulders, navigate tree roots, climb the face of Governor’s Rock, and make your way 2,000 feet to the summit of Table Rock.

Even the most serious hiker will find the hike challenging and rewarding. Once atop the large granite rock, hikers are compensated with amazing views of the surrounding mountains, a nearby watershed, and, on clear days, the City of Greenville."

Table Rock State Park: National Recreation Trail Trip Reports

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3/29/2014
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.
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10/12/2007
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.
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3/3/2007
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.
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7/7/2003
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.
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11/6/2002
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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7/18/2001
This trail is pretty difficult with its large increase in elevation. The view at the top on the face of the rock however is worth the long strenuous hike. When you get back down to the park I recommend going to the restaurant that is across the lake.
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Trail Information

Sassafras Mountain
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
8.6
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
7.25 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
1,145 feet
Trailhead Elevation
3,134 feet
Top Elevation
Table Rock State Park
Local Contacts
USGS: Table Rock State Park
Local Maps

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