Pinnacle Mountain Trail and Foothills Trail
to Drawbar Cliffs

Picture of fun bridge on Pinnacle Mountain Trail

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Date Hiked: 2/22/92

Length: 7.4 miles

Type: backtrack

Difficulty: 4

Scenery: 4

Blaze: yellow on Pinnacle Mountain Trail, white on Foothills Trail

Main Features: views, waterfalls, streams

Animals: red eft (newt), chickadees, blue jay, pileated woodpeckers, chipmunks, frogs, skunk, bobcat, barred owl, ringneck snake, gray squirrels, vultures, hawks, cardinals

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 2,100 feet to the Foothills Trail turn at 3.3 miles
Descend 125 feet to the top of Drawbar Cliffs
Total Ascent: 2,225 feet

0.0 parking area
paved walk beside scenic pools, cascades, & small waterfalls
0.2 two streams converge on right, paved walk ends, then bridge
bear left at fork (Table Rock Trail goes right)
0.3 rock-hop across stream on left
0.4 rock-hop across stream on right
0.6 rock-hop across stream on left
small waterfall on right
overhang on left
rock-hop across stream on right
0.7 bear left at fork (Carrick Creek Trail goes right)
0.8 rock-hop across stream on left
0.9 rock-hop across stream on right
potentially wet stream crossing
1.0 ignore spur trail that crosses stream on left
step across small stream
1.1 rock-hop across stream on left
trails bears left away from stream and begins ascending steeply
1.3 pile of large boulders in valley on right
winter view of Governor's Rock
1.6 curve left near base of cliffs and level off somewhat
large rocks and overhangs on right
1.7 rocky overhangs on right with water dripping
winter view of distant lake
cross wet area and leave cliffs
1.8 good winter views on left for next 0.2 miles
lots of boulders on both sides of trail
2.0 brief descent
red blaze marking park boundary
cross two streams on flat rocks at top of waterfall in rhododendron
2.1 cross small stream
waterfall on left, but no view
2.2 railless bridge with scenic cascades on right
(trail is very marshy before and after bridge)
next 0.3 miles is along a dangerous drop-off over the stream
2.3 scenic cascades on right with slippery rock that offers better view
2.4 waterfall on right
2.5 continue left at junction (right trail goes to Table Rock)
2.9 begin walking up bald rock overlook -- great views
top of bald rock overlook -- perhaps best views in park
(backtracking from this point creates an easier 5.8 mile hike)
3.0 continue up ridge with partial views left and right
3.3 turn left onto Foothills Trail (Pinnacle Mountain summit is straight ahead, but there's no view)
3.6 curve left towards Drawbar Cliffs
3.7 turn right off of trail when trail goes between two small piles of rocks (possibly old campfire rings)
top of Drawbar Cliffs


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