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Table Rock Trail

Pickens, SC

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Table Rock Trail is a 6.3 mile out and back trail located near Pickens, SC that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is accessible from July until August. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

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Sassafras to Table Rock St. Park
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West Ashley Greenway
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1 Completed 0 Reviews

The full length of this trail is 8.25 miles one-way, not 10.5 miles. Nice, easy walk on good packed path (the half closest in is paved). The half closest to Main Road is lovely, crossing through marsh and some agricultural areas. Walking the full length gives you a variety of surroundings. It's nice to have this nearby.

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Raven Cliff Falls Loop
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3 Completed 2 Reviews

Great hike with my boys. Even got an unexpected snowfall as we began which made the trail even more beautiful. The views down by Matthews Creek and from the suspension bridge were a worthy payoff for this hike.

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Raven Cliff Falls Loop
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Table Rock Trail
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Fants Grove Lake Trail
by Charlie Newton

18 Completed 3 Reviews

This is just one of an entire network of trails out at Fant's Grove. This is good because you can put together different trail loops to personalize your hike; you are not tied in to one trail. The trails are generally well marked and easy to navigate. There are two views: the lake and the forest. Both are nice, but it can get a little monotonous if you are used to mountain views.
This trail, and adjoining trails, are shared by bikers and horses, which can be a little troublesome. Bikers can be rude (but so can hikers, I guess) and horses leave tracks which, when it rains, become mud holes and are a pain to work around.
This is an easy trail and can be enjoyed by hikers of all skill levels.

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Fants Grove Lake Trail
by Charlie Newton

18 Completed 3 Reviews

This is just one of an entire network of trails out at Fant's Grove. This is good because you can put together different trail loops to personalize your hike; you are not tied in to one trail. The trails are generally well marked and easy to navigate. There are two views: the lake and the forest. Both are nice, but it can get a little monotonous if you are used to mountain views.
This trail, and adjoining trails, are shared by bikers and horses, which can be a little troublesome. Bikers can be rude (but so can hikers, I guess) and horses leave tracks which, when it rains, become mud holes and are a pain to work around.
This is an easy trail and can be enjoyed by hikers of all skill levels.

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Rainbow Falls Trail
by Charlie Newton

18 Completed 3 Reviews

This is a nice little out and back with the added bonus of a beautiful waterfall. There are a few tough spots but overall I think that they could have gone with a "moderate" rating and been safe. Slow and steady and even an inexperienced hiker can enjoy this one. Just to be clear though, there ARE some hard stretches, so be prepared.
There are a couple of water crossings, which is nice, and some good views, including large rocks. There are places at the very top, right at the base of the falls that you can climb to and have a snack or just hang out, but you have to climb to them and they are easy to miss if you don't look for them because you reach a point that appears to be the end of the trail down below the base of the falls. At the very top, you can actually get in the falls, so don't miss the opportunity to make that last little climb up to the base where there are places to sit and relax.
If you are going on a weekend or a holiday, go early because parking at Jones Gap is limited and they do fill up. When they fill up, there is a ranger out at the gate and he won't let another car in until one comes out. You could be in for a long wait, but it's worth the wait if you aren't too far back in line.
Have a great hike and enjoy Rainbow Falls!

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Brissy Ridge
by Charlie Newton

18 Completed 3 Reviews

Went back today (Wednesday) and this trail was a completely different experience. There were zero people on the trail, and this changed the dynamic of the hike considerably - especially not having bikers. It was really cold - 30's - but it was a good time. I highly recommend getting out during the week if you can.

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Table Rock Trail
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14 Completed 17 Reviews

Fairly moderate trail. Rocky spots can become icy during colder weather - something to consider when planning an early hike on a nippy morning.

Weekday trips are recommended. We did it on a nice Saturday afternoon in January. Most crowded trail since the Bright Angel in the Grand Canyon. So congested that it actually took us longer to get down than going up! Must be a zoo in the warmer seasons!