What is Table Rock State Park?
Table Rock State Park is located on the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Pickens, South Carolina. The park features many activities for people of all ages. Including trails, a lake, beautiful photo opportunities, and campgrounds. With one of the most popular activities being exploring Table Rock Mountain.
Where is Table Rock State Park?
Table Rock State Park is located at 158 E Ellison Lane, Pickens, SC 29671. Table Rock State Park is approximately 60 miles from the major Interstate Highways in the area.
Table Rock Mountain
Table Rock is a mountain in the east rim of Linville Gorge, part of Pisgah National Forest (Grandfather Ranger District). It features a distinctive rock formation, and is a prominent peak in the area.
Table Rock is at an elevation of 3124 ft. Table Rock National Recreation Trail is the easiest way to get to the top of table rock. The Table Rock Trail is a strenuous 3.6 mile hike one way, and is considered to be the only way to get to the summit of Table Rock Mountain.
Can You Drive To The Top Of Table Rock?
You cannot drive to the top of Table Rock. At this time, the only access to Table Rock Summit is via the Table Rock National Recreation Trail. Therefore it isn’t considered to be handicap accessible.
How Long Does It Take To Hike To The Top Of Table Rock Mountain?
The average hiker can do the complete hike in 5 hours. 3 hours up and 2 hours back down. If you are a novice hiker, or may be out of shape. Allow for an extra hour or 2 each way. So leave early to allow plenty of time for the hike, and to enjoy the views at the top before trekking back down.
Things To Do At Table Rock State Park
There are many different activities for all ages at Table Rock State Park. There is something for everyone, even if you can’t hike the trails.
Fishing is one of the most popular activities at Table Rock State Park. Pinnacle Lake and Lake Oolenoy offer great fishing for bass, bream and Catfish. You must have a South Carolina fishing license to fish at Table Rock State Park. A fishing pier accessible to the physically impaired is located on Lake Oolenoy.
A boat ramp for private boat access is available on Lake Oolenoy. No gas boat motors are allowed on the lake. Electric trolling motors and paddle powered boats are allowed. Lake Oolenoy access is open from 7am – 7pm. All boats must be put in at the boat ramp. Private boats are not allowed on Lake Pinnacle, but rentals are available at the park.
Swimming The swimming area is “swim at your own risk,” daily from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Lifeguards will be on duty seasonally, from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The diving boards are open only when lifeguards are on duty.
Playground Equipment is available throughout the park for kids of all ages.
Park Store and Gift Shop is located at the campground entrance. Stocked with grocery items, drinks, snacks, firewood and souvenirs. The park visitor center located on SC Hwy 11 also has an assortment of souvenir items, snacks, drink and books.\
Bird Watching Great places for bird watching at the park include the area near the park visitor center and near the White Oak Shelter.
Hiking Trails The extensive trail system carries hikers past streams and waterfalls to the top of Table Rock and Pinnacle mountains. Table Rock is an access point for the Foothills Trail and Palmetto Trail. Foothills and Palmetto Trail hikers must display a valid parking permit when leaving vehicle overnight. The permit may be purchased at the park Visitors Center.
Geocaching Geocaching is permitted. Several geocaches are located on the park.
Rock Climbing Table Rock Mountain is a popular rock climbing spot. Table Rock is known for some of the best rock climbing in the Southeastern US.
The park provides a 69-site camping area, located near the park entrance, and a 25-site camping area, located near White Oaks picnic area. Each site has individual water and electrical hookups, and picnic table. Some sites accommodate RVs up to 40 feet. Both campgrounds are convenient to restrooms with hot showers.
In addition a primitive walk-in camping area with central water is located near Lake Oolenoy.
Backcountry Camping is only allowed on the Foothills Trail outside of the park boundary after blaze marks change from yellow/white to only white.
Table Rock Cabins
Fourteen cabins are completely furnished, heated, air-conditioned, and supplied with bath and bed linens, basic cooking and eating utensils, automatic coffee maker, refrigerator, stove, microwave, and include a screened porch and fireplace. Cabin 16 is user-friendly for the physically impaired. Pets are not permitted in the cabins or cabin area.
One, two and three-bedroom cabins are available. Rentals are typically accepted for a two-night minimum, however, during busier periods and on holidays a minimum stay of 3 to 5 nights may be required.
Table Rock National Park is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Southeastern US. The entire park is gorgeous and, we recommend anyone to go enjoy all of the beauty that it has to offer.
Even when it’s crowded, it’s a great place to take the family for a fun getaway from everyday life. The trails can be strenuous if you aren’t used to hiking. The Table Rock Trail can also get quite crowded during the summer months. Remember to bring plenty of water if you plan to hike the trails.
The views from Table Rock are second to none, which makes the strenuous hike worth it in the end. The hike is pretty much an all day affair. So if you have young children, that may be something to think about before bringing them on the trail.
There is plenty to do if you aren’t planning to hike the trails. So don’t worry if you aren’t a big hiker.