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fall foliage at Table Rock State Park with mountains in background

If you have always wanted to visit the Appalachian Mountains then Table Rock State Park gives you a wonderful chance to do so.

Spread across 3,000 dazzling acres, this South Carolina state park features awe-inspiring views of Table Rock Mountain and the surrounding landscape which have to be seen to be believed.

One of the best ways to do this is through its several hiking trails, including on Table Rock Summit Trail, which leads to the top of Table Rock Mountain. However, if the thought of that invokes a feeling of too much effort, visitors can also enjoy fishing, picnicking, photography, birding and picnicking.

Situated between a short drive from Greenville, the park’s serenity and beauty attracts visitors from all over, who are keen to reconnect with nature.

To accommodate them, there are two campgrounds onsite that offer more than 100 campsites, as well as other accommodation options including yurts and backcountry cabins, that cater to all tastes and budgets.

scenic overlook spot at Table Rock State Park

Activities

For the visitor, the park yields a number of opportunities for outdoor leisure activities within its glorious landscape.

Here is a brief review of some of the most popular recreational pursuits you engage in during your time at Table Rock State Park.

Fishing at Table Rock State Park

Framed by the magnificent Appalachian Mountains, fishing is a very popular activity at Table Rock State Park.

Within it, there is a picturesque 55-acre lake that is stocked with a variety of fish species, including bass, bluegill, catfish, and trout. As they usually bite often, both novice and experienced anglers shouldn’t have a problem catching anything.

If you want to fish you will need to procure yourself a valid South Carolina fishing license, which can be obtained online or at local retailers.

Once you have got one, there are several fishing docks and piers located around the lake, which provide terrific places to cast a line.

Dock on Oolenoy Lake at Table Rock State Park

Hiking at Table Rock State Park

For those into hiking, the park features over 15 miles of trails, which collectively showcase its stunning terrain.
As well as the aforementioned Table Rock Summit Trail, which will take you on a 3.4 mile journey to the top of Table Rock Mountain, other popular trails at the park include the Pinnacle Mountain Trail and the Carrick Creek Trail.

The former is a challenging ascent to the top of Pinnacle Mountain, while the latter follows a creek through the forest and offers scenic views along the way.

If you intend to go hiking you would be well advised to wear a hat and proper footwear. Be sure to bring plenty of water with you and several layers of clothing to accommodate changing weather conditions.

Picnicking at Table Rock State Park

Whether you’re looking for a romantic picnic for two or a large gathering with a group, Table Rock State Park is a terrific place for a picnic.

Dotted around the park are several picnic shelters that can be reserved in advance for group events or family gatherings, as well as many individual picnic tables for more informal al fresco meals.

Should you want to have a picnic at the park you are welcome to bring your own food. Although there is a camp store, which offers a variety of snacks, drinks, and other supplies.

If you are looking to cook something, there are grills available at most of the picnic areas.

cascades at Table Rock State Park

Birding at Table Rock State Park

Table Rock State Park features forests, fields, and streams, as well as a lake, which makes it a prime location for birding.

Some of the most commonly seen bird species at the park include American Goldfinches, Eastern Bluebirds, Red-tailed Hawks, and Woodpeckers.

Visitors should bring a pair of binoculars and a bird guide to help identify the different species they see. It is also a good idea to dress in muted colors and move slowly and quietly to avoid disturbing the birds.

In addition to the many bird species that can be seen while hiking, birders can also take advantage of the park’s picnic areas, which often provide a good vantage point for the activity.

Pets

Pets are welcome at Table Rock State Park, but there are some rules and restrictions that all visitors should be aware of.

To ensure the safety and enjoyment of all patrons, visitors with pets are required to keep them on a leash of no more than 6 feet throughout the entire duration of their stay. This rule applies in all areas of the park, including campgrounds, hiking trails, picnic areas, and other public spaces.

In addition to the leash rule, pet owners are also responsible for cleaning up after their pets and properly disposing of their waste.

You should also be aware that pets are also not allowed in park buildings, including restrooms, and must not be left unattended at any time.

Wildcat Falls waterfall at Table Rock State Park

Camping

The campground at Table Rock State Park offers a peaceful and scenic place to camp in the Appalachian Mountains of South Carolina.

All up, it features over 100 campsites, including both tent sites and RV sites with electric and water hookups. There are also several group camping areas available for large groups or events.

Campers will enjoy access to several amenities, including modern bathhouses with hot showers, a camp store with supplies and firewood, and a playground for kids.

In addition to the standard campsites, the campground also offers several unique camping experiences, such as yurt rentals and backcountry camping. These options provide a unique and adventurous way to enjoy the park and the surrounding wilderness.

Park Location

Table Rock State Park
158 E Ellison Ln
Pickens, SC 29671
Phone: 864.878.9813

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Video

Here is a short YouTube video showcasing several attractions at Table Rock State Park: