Pinnacle Mountain Trail, Mill Creek Pass Trail,
Ridge Trail, and Table Rock Trail


Picture of a Great Horned Owl from the Carolina Raptor Center on temporary display at Table Rock State Park

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Date Hiked: 8/3/91

Length: 9.1 miles

Type: loop

Difficulty: 4

Scenery: 4

Blaze: yellow on Pinnacle Mountain Trail, red [now blue] on Mill Creek Pass Trail, red [now orange] on Ridge Trail, red on Table Rock Trail

Main Features: views, waterfalls, streams

Location: Table Rock State Park, South Carolina

From the intersection of highways 178 and 11, go northeast on 11. Drive 4.2 miles and turn left at the sign indicating Table Rock State Park, West Gate. Drive 0.4 miles and turn right at the toll booth. Drive 0.8 miles and park in the parking lot on the right across the street from the Carrick Creek Interpretive Center. The trail starts from the back deck of the interpretive center.

Approximate Altitude Changes
Ascend 1,825 feet to high point on ridge at 3.4 miles
Descend 375 feet to junction with return trail to nature center
Ascend 525 feet to high point on Table Rock Mountain
Descend 225 feet to end of trail on Table Rock Mountain
Ascend 225 feet to high point on Table Rock Mountain
Descend 1,975 feet to parking lot
Total Ascent: 2,575 feet

Miles
0.0 parking area
Carrick Creek Interpretive Center, register here
wooden, then paved, walkway
0.1 waterfall on right
more waterfalls on right
0.2 paved walk ends
turn left on Pinnacle Mountain Trail (yellow blazed)
0.3 rock-hopping stream crossing on left
0.4 rock-hopping stream crossing on right
0.6 rock-hopping stream crossing on left
overhang on left forms cave
0.7 rock-hopping stream crossing on right
0.8 ignore Carrick Creek Trail turn on right
rock-hopping stream crossing on left
1.0 rock-hopping stream crossing on right
rock-hopping stream crossing
1.1 ignore left turn that crosses stream
step across small stream
1.2 rock-hopping stream crossing
begin climbing steeply
1.7 trail bears left near base of cliffs
caves and dripping water on right
2.1 two stream crossings on rocks
2.2 step across small stream
2.3 railless wooden bridge at base of Mill Creek Falls
2.6 turn right at junction with Mill Creek Pass Trail
leave stream and climb gently through more open forest
2.8 large boulder on left
3.2 large boulders
3.3 turn right at junction with Ridge Trail
3.4 high point
3.6 dip
3.7 cross knob and begin descending
3.9 ridge narrows
4.1 begin fairly steep descent
4.3 continue straight at junction with trail on right that returns to the nature center
4.7 trail crosses rock area
begin steep ascent
4.9 top of Governors Rock
5.0 clear rocky areas on right
5.1 cross rock
5.2 Table Rock Mountain sign (also spring on right)
5.4 rock overlook on right
5.5 high point of hike
5.6 rock overlooks on right
5.7 cross large rock clearing
5.9 end of trail (backtrack)
7.3 turn left on trail to nature center
7.5 overlook beside shelter
8.5 rock-hopping stream crossing
ignore Carrick Creek Trail turn on right
8.6 wooden bridge
8.8 wooden bridge
8.9 ignore Pinnacle Mountain Trail on right
begin paved walkway
9.0 nature center
9.1 car



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