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Pinnacle Trail to Table Rock Loop

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 4.9 (9) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A pleasant loop to see the highlights of Table Rock State Park.


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10.9

Miles

17.6

KM

Point to Point

3,413' 1,040 m

High

1,181' 360 m

Low

3,031' 924 m

Up

3,026' 922 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

87%

Max Grade (41°)

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Features River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers

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Overview

A challenging, but very rewarding route with stunning views, rock formations, and waterfalls.

Description

Start at the visitor center and bear to the left following Pinnacle Mountain Trail/Foothills Trail. The Pinnacle Mountain Trail is marked by yellow blazes, and follows part of the Foothills Trail (marked by white blazes).

The trail immediately begins to climb, following along a beautiful mountain stream lined by mountain laurel. There are a couple of creek crossings early, but none that require getting your feet wet. The trail carves its way across the contour of the mountain on the south side. You'll pass under a large rock outcrop. During wet times, the outcrop yields a waterfall that you'll hike behind. There is a good bit of rock scrambling at this point, but large rocks and boulders, not loose rock and gravel. Continue uphill until you reach a large slab of rock called Bald Knob. Take a minute to soak up the views of the distant mountains and Greenville.

You'll follow yellow blazes on this less trodden trail with several creek crossings and small footbridges amid the hardwoods and rhododendron that line the steep mountain slopes. The Foothills Trail follows the same route indicated by white blazes. You'll encounter a small waterfall to the right and pass beneath a giant rock ledge, before you reach the junction of a 0.4 mile spur trail that leads to Mill Creek Falls. The spur ends at a wooden bridge where you can view the falls.

Return to the junction and continue towards Bald Knob Overlook. After a steep ascent, the trail levels and joins the Mill Creek Trail. Continue hiking uphill to the huge, sloping Bald Knob outcrop. Your reward is the view as you look out over the distant mountains to see Greenville and beyond.

To continue to Pinnacle Mountain, hike uphill to the top of the outcrop and turn right into the forest. At 4 miles, the Foothills Trail will branch off sharply to the left marked by white blazes only. Going straight, you'll ascend steeply to the tree-enclosed apex of Pinnacle Mountain. You can return the way you came, or follow the less strenuous, wooded Ridge Trail to the Table Rock Trail and loop back to the nature center.

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Robert Bradley

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  4.9 from 9 votes

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The view from the top of Table Rock makes climbing it worth the effort!
Mar 11, 2017 near Pickens, SC
Table Rock view.
Apr 13, 2018 near Pickens, SC
Bald Rock View    [ Pinnacle Mountain Trail / Foothills Trail ]
Apr 10, 2018 near Pickens, SC
View from Governor's Rock
Feb 19, 2019 near Pickens, SC
View of Governor's Rock and Table Rock (Table Rock Trail) from trailhead parking lot.
Feb 19, 2019 near Pickens, SC
Final view from Table Rock. If you haven't found this view, you aren't at the end yet!
Mar 5, 2018 near Pickens, SC

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Aug 8, 2020
Wade Slatten
Jul 4, 2020
O M
8mi
Jan 18, 2020
J Wheels
Sep 21, 2019
Katy Allen
Jun 1, 2019
SUMANTH R
Beautiful trail. Not used by a lot of hikers so comparatively less crowded. 10.7mi — 3h 22m
Jul 28, 2018
Michael Tubbs
Jun 29, 2018
Ryne Hughey
Sherri and I hiked this loop.