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Backpacker Magazine – September 2008

Top 3 CCC Trails

The Civilian Conservation Corps is turning 75—so celebrate right by hiking its classics.

by: Amy C. Balfour

Grand Canyon, AZ (Photo by Elias Butler)
Grand Canyon, AZ (Photo by Elias Butler)
Table Rock State Park, SC (Pat & Chuck Blackley)
Table Rock State Park, SC (Pat & Chuck Blackley)
Wind cave, SD (Tom Bean)
Wind cave, SD (Tom Bean)

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.com

Refuel
Grab a slice of the All-American Pie (sausage, onions, mushrooms, bell peppers) at Barley's Tap Room & Pizzeria in Greenville. barleystaproom.com

The Way
From Greenville, take US 276 north 15 miles to SC 11 and turn left, heading 15 miles to the park.




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KFR326
Nov 05, 2008

No, it isn't a "riverside hiking trail". It's stupid and irresponsible to print something that implys there's Plenty of Water Here!!!
No, there is not. It's 9.5 miles from Bright Angel Creek, to Clear Creek. There is not a drop to drink anong the way, unless it's rained recently. BTW, The River is 1000' down and unreachable without 1000' of rope!

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