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Table Rock Trail

Pickens, SC

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Table Rock Trail is a 6.5 mile out and back trail located near Pickens, South Carolina that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

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Carrick Creek Loop
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2 Completed 0 Reviews

Absolutely beautiful and was such a wonderful walk! My two year managed to complete it without many complaints.

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Rim of the Gap Trail
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4 Completed 3 Reviews

Great trail...first mile and half are relatively easy upwards from jones gap state park. it is when you make the turn downwards beside the face of the mountain where it gets very difficult and.muddy! Had so much fun but wasn't going to go back the same way. I took three trails that connected me back to the jones gap trail that were all downhill and very easy along the river. Happy hiking!

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Yellow Branch Falls Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Nice little hike. Very pretty falls. Done this one 3 times and love it every time I go. Bring a picnic lunch. Hang out for a while.

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Jones Gap Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

The full Jones Gap Trail goes from the Jones Gap State Park Trailhead to a paved road (US 276) just a few yards below the NC state line and YMCA's Camp Greenville. I've hiked the JGT several times this winter and spring using both ends of the trail as starting points. It's a lovely hike and pretty moderate all the way through with any moderately-strenuous sections being short (

(Sorry folks, I wrote a lengthy review of this trail but AllTrails' system truncated it as you see it above. I'm not taking the time to rewrite it right now. I've submitted a support ticket and hopefully they can restore my review. If not, I'll update this one or write a new one sometime in the near future.)

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Foothills Trail
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5 Completed 1 Reviews

We did not hike the entire Foothills Trail (we are a hiking family with small children), but we did hike a few miles, enjoyed the falls and the river, and got back just in time to get rained on a little. Really great trails and beautiful area.

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Lake Placid Loop
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

great little trail to spend the afternoon.

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Anne Springs Close Greenway
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4 Completed 1 Reviews

I hiked and biked two of the trails at Ann's Close last weekend. Biking was great! The trails are not too difficult, so it is perfect for someone who is getting back into mountain biking again. The scenery was beautiful! There is a $5 fee for each person, but it is completely worth it. The grounds are well kept and I'm considering camping there are well.

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Rainbow Falls
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53 Completed 1 Reviews

Great hike to one of the prettiest waterfalls in SC. My three boys (10, 7, and 5) and I made it up in about 80 minutes. Challenging, but short, and plenty of resting spots. We went after a good rain the night before and the falls were gorgeous. There are some slick spots on the rocks, especially after a rain, but with a little care kids will be fine.

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Rim of the Gap Trail
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

Very difficult trail as others have noted. Does not appear to be a high traffic trail and I can see why. Very challenging for me as a relative newcomer to hiking. Recommend only for those in good physical condition.

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Pinnacle Mountain Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

I've hiked this trail twice now, in March and April 2015, and I look forward to doing it again in the future. From my research (I'm training to climb Rainier soon), Pinnacle appears to be the most challenging trail in SC and it's certainly rated strenuous for a reason. The hike begins at the Table Rock Trailhead and the first mile or so is moderate-to-strenuous. At around the one mile marker, it tapers off to moderate for the next 2 - 2.5 miles though it remains a steady incline during that stretch. Then, you'll reach Bald Knob which is absolutely gorgeous. At Bald Knob, my Garmin told me I had ascended approximately 1,600 feet but the State Park says it's about 1,900 feet of ascension at this point.

You have two choices at Bald Knob. One option is to turn around and head back down the mountain. If you're really only hiking for the views, that's the proper choice as there's nothing on the remainder of the trail that will come close to Bald Knob (the rest is wooded without a view). The second option is to continue on and summit Pinnacle Mountain. This last stretch of 0.6-0.8 miles is very strenuous. I hiked both times with a 30-35 lb pack and I did have to stop on the way up to catch my breath at least once. It's tough. However, Pinnacle is the third highest point in the state and the tallest mountain contained entirely within the state of South Carolina (Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinnacle_Mountain_%28South_Carolina%29). So for you peak baggers and those who are training for higher elevations, it's worth toughing it out.

All in all, it's a great hike and one I'd recommend to anyone with a moderate or better level of fitness.

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