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Backpacker Magazine – September 2008
The Civilian Conservation Corps is turning 75—so celebrate right by hiking its classics.
Table Rock State Park, SC
Climb steps carved into granite
This peakbagger's hot spot northwest of Greenville didn't even exist until the Corps showed up, in 1935. The canteen, most cabins, every trail, and even 36-acre Pinnacle Lake are CCC-constructed. Bag headliners Table Rock Mountain (3,124 feet) and Pinnacle Mountain (3,425 feet) on this 11.2-mile circuit that starts with a 3.6-mile climb from the Nature Center up Table Rock Trail. Recharge trailside at the wooden CCC shelter before ascending carved granite steps to the summit. Backtrack to the 1.9-mile Ridge Trail to link to Pinnacle Mountain Trail and a short climb to your second summit. There's no camping on park trails, so continue 0.2 mile west on the connecting Foothills Trail to pitch camp in flat, sassafras-blanketed sites outside park boundaries. (864) 878-9813; southcarolinaparks.comRefuel
From Greenville, take US 276 north 15 miles to SC 11 and turn left, heading 15 miles to the park.