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The Finest in Carolina

Table Rock and Caesar's Head State Parks have some of the best mountain views in all of Appalachia. Table Rock is a massive granite outcropping on the southern fringe of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The views are superb from the easily accessible observation point at the Caesar's Head Visitor Center. These photos of Table Rock were taken at sunrise about a week past the peak of fall color.

The hike up Table Rock itself is a physical challenge, taking about 4-6 hours roundtrip on Pinnacle Mountain Trail. Allow time to soak up the scenery at Bald Rock Overlook. From the top you get a bird's eye view of Table Rock Reservoir. The water level was noticebly low following the drought of 2007. Near the summit of the hike the trail begins to open up to two separate areas of treeless granite. Pay close attention to your surroundings as the trail is not well-marked here and you will need to find the trail on the way down. Other than this area, the trail is well-marked.

On the way up, the park service has done a great job building stone walkways and bridges, so the hike itself is a fun one. Half-way up is a shelter and a great view to the south. One a clear day one can see the city of Greenville, South Carolina, about 30 miles away.

There is a great hike at Ceasar's Head State Park that leads to the largest waterfall in the state of South Carolina - Raven Cliff Falls. The hike is about 2-3 hours roundtrip. If you have an extra 2 hours, continue on around the wooded trail to the rapids above the falls, where you can traverse a sturdy swingbridge. The hike from the road to the swingbridge is actually on three separate trails, the last one, the pink marked trail, descends down about a half-mile to the river. You'll notice small waterfalls before the bridge.

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