This steep out-and-back begins with a quick stretch along a paved path next to the idyllic Green Creek. Pass a small but picturesque cascade before the trail turns to dirt and begins rambling upward through boulder-strewn woodlands. Gain nearly 1,500 feet in elevation before reaching the Ridge Trail and swinging to the east for your final 1.5-mile push toward Table Rock’s summit.
You’ll reach the sign for the 3,124-foot summit before actually gaining any vistas: keep following the trail blazes to reach a broad, rocky landing at the edge of a sheer cliff face. From here, savor sweeping panoramas of South Carolina’s verdant and hilly Piedmont and the Table Rock Reservoir nestled between forested hillsides before returning to the trailhead via your inbound route.
Begin your hike with a full supply of water: there are no sources along the trail. Front-country camping is available in the campground to the west of the trailhead off West Gate Road (69 sites) and to the east of the trailhead in White Oaks Campground (25 sites). Backcountry camping is permitted outside of the state park boundary. The park charges a $2 entrance fee for adults; visitors who are 15 years old or younger are free.
-Mapped by Peter Shellabarger