Table Rock State Park

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On my most recent weekend adventure, we made a visit to Table Rock State Park. The park is a beautiful natural area located in the mountain region of South Carolina in Pickens County.


Table Rock is known for the famous mountain face, shown above. There are lots of activities to enjoy within the park that include an old fashioned swimming hole and hiking trails. There are also cabins available for rent within the park and camping areas.

Lake for swimming in Table Rock state park

The park is also home to numerous waterfalls. Many of these falls are found on the Carrick Creek loop trail. The Carrick Creek trail hike takes an hour to complete and is beautiful all along your hike. The trail is moderately strenuous as there are many uphill walking elevations and some areas where you have to walk across rocks over the creek. I can tell you, I’m not a hiker and it wasn’t bad at all. The beautiful scenery makes it well worth the effort.

Wooden deck walking path to trail in Table Rock state park in Pickens country South Carolina - hiking

Be sure to stop and register at the nature center before you hike. It is always a good idea to hike with someone or a group.

Walking trail - explore SC
The trail begins with a paved area but does become natural throughout most of the hike.
Waterfall on Carrick Creek loop trail - Table Rock - SC hiking

You begin your hike at an elevation of 1,160 feet at the Nature Center, and rise to 1,520 feet with numerous views of cascading waterfalls as you pass through a forest that includes a dominant oak-hickory forest - beautiful

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Interesting waterfall trail in Table Rock - Carrick Creek - SC travel - fun outdoors

View of water flowing over rocks

Beautiful cascading waterfall in Blue Ridge Mountains

Small waterfall in Table Rock - South Carolina state parks

River in South Carolina mountains

Stone steps on Carrick Creek trail - one hour hike in SC

Sadly there were also reminders of the wildfires that swept through the area in 2016. Nature has a wonderful way of re-building itself and you couldn’t help but notice the healing and re-growth of these areas as well.

Remnants of SC wild fires
Trees that were burned in South Carolina wild fires
Interesting tree along nature hike
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Beautiful Table Rock State Park in the Blue Ridge Mountain region of South Carolina is breathtaking. There are gorgeous hiking trails, areas for swimming, numerous waterfalls and the beauty of nature is everywhere. #SC #statepark #SouthCarolina #exploreSC #Southern #travel #GreatOutdoors #FamilyVacationIdeas #BudgetFriendlyActivities #NatureHike

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    June 27, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    Such a beautiful and peaceful place!Thank you for sharing!

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      June 28, 2017 at 1:15 pm

      You're welcome Nikki! It really is so beautiful and peaceful.

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    Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies
    July 4, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    Beautiful! Making this a destination next time we are in South Carolina!

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