Raven Cliff Falls Trail

Picture of icy Raven Cliff Falls in winter

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Date Hiked: 2/16/91

Length: 4.0 miles

Type: backtrack

Difficulty: 3

Scenery: 3

Blaze: blue for the first 1.3 miles indicating the alternate Foothills Trail, then none

Main Features: Raven Cliff Falls, winter views

Animals: sparrows, chickadees

Location: Caesar's Head State Park, South Carolina

Follow highway 276 north for 1.1 miles past the Caesar's Head State Park headquarters on the left. The trailhead parking lot is on the right below the road's level. The second paved road to the parking area is the entrance. The Raven Cliff Falls Trail is across highway 276 opposite the southern end of the parking lot (the end closest to park headquarters).

Approximate Altitude Changes
Descend 50 feet from parking lot to dam at 0.2 miles
Ascend 125 feet from dam to ridge top at 1.1miles
Descend 500 feet to Raven Cliff Falls viewing platform
Total Ascent: 675 feet

0.0 parking lot
walk out the parking lot's exit and cross the road to the trailhead
descend on gravel road
0.2 turn right across dam near maintenance building
begin ascent
0.3-1.6 winter views to south and southwest
0.4 gain ridge top
0.8 short spurs on left go to boulders with partial views
descend stairway through rhododendron
1.0 ignore faint trail on right
1.1 ridge top
1.3 bear left at fork when alternate Foothills Trail (blazed blue) goes right
1.5 first unobstructed view on left (south)
1.9 ignore worn paths that go straight down the mountain
2.0 wooden viewing platform


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