Table Rock Trail and Pinnacle Mountain Trail

Picture of Governor's Rock from Pinnacle Mountain Trail

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Date Hiked: 8/10/91

Length: 8.4 miles

Type: loop

Difficulty: 4

Scenery: 4

Blaze: red on Table Rock Trail, red (sometimes yellow) on trail to Pinnacle Mountain, yellow on Pinnacle Mountain Trail

Main Features: views, waterfalls

Animals: several hawks, vulture, baby garter snake

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 1,575 feet to 2.3 miles
Descend 25 feet to 2.5 miles
Ascend 175 feet to 2.8 miles
Descend 75 feet to 2.9 miles
Ascend 100 feet to 3.1 miles
Descend 75 feet to 3.2 miles
Ascend 550 feet to 4.2 miles
Descend 2,350 feet to 8.4 miles
Total Ascent: 2,400 feet

0.0 parking lot
Carrick Creek Interpretive Center
wooden, then paved, walkway
0.3 waterfall on right
more waterfalls on right
0.4 paved walk ends
continue straight on Table Rock Trail (red blaze)
2.1 turn left at junction with trail to Pinnacle Mountain
2.3 high point
2.5 dip
2.8 high point
2.9 dip
3.1 high point
3.2 continue straight at junction with shortcut trail on left
3.5 turn left up hill (trail also continues straight here)
4.2 top of Pinnacle Mountain (no view)
4.6 continue straight on Pinnacle Mountain Trail
(white blazed Foothills Trail goes right)
5.0 Bald Rock Overlook (great views)
5.6 continue straight at junction with shortcut trail on left
7.4 continue straight at junction with Carrick Creek Trail on left
8.0 turn right at junction with Table Rock Trail
8.4 car


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