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All trails begin behind the Nature Center which, incidentally, is worth a visit. Take the wooden walkway to the back of the center and follow the blazes.

Table Rock Trail

6.8 miles R/T Strenuous This is the one you came for! Rated as strenuous, this climb to the top affords some of the best views in South Carolina. This designated National Recreation Trail has red blazes and begins on a paved section, behind the nature center. After a half of a mile and a couple of bridged creek crossings, Carrick Creek Trail veers left. The Table Rock Trail then begins it's climb in earnest. The trail travels through a field of giant boulders, many of them seem as if they are ready to roll. At 1.6 miles a rain shelter built by the CCC  provides a great stopping point. Views of the surrounding hills can be enjoyed here, usually with other "recovering" hikers as company. 

After climbing another .20 of a mile, the Pinnacle Trail bears left at Panther Gap. The trial here is heavily eroded and can be rocky at times. Currently volunteers from all over the US are involved in extensive trail renovations. Soon this National Recreation Trail will be as good as new! 

 After two and a half miles of steep climbing you reach Governor's Rock. Chiseled steps help your climb up this interesting rock formation. After another half mile of relentless climbing the trail reaches the summit of Table Rock. At three and half miles the trail leads out onto the great white rock face that is Table Rock. Views of the Table Rock Lake and surrounding mountain-sides are truly breath-taking. No pun intended!

Pinnacle mountain Trail

7.2 miles R/T Very Strenuous A hike a little more off the beaten path, this trail is a little less traveled than the others., The yellow blazed Pinnacle Trail begins at Panther Gap on the Table Rock Trail.  After leaving the Table Rock Trail the Pinnacle Trail climbs very steeply. At 2.6 miles the trail reaches Hemlock Gap. A small connector trail junctions here and leads back down to the Pinnacle Trail. At 3.6 miles the trail reaches the summit of the mountain at 3425 feet. Unfortunately there aren't any views here which is why this rates as a "second choice" hike.

Carrick Creek Trail

1.8 miles Easy to Moderate This is an easier hike than the other two and is well suited for those that want an easier walk. The hike begins behind the Nature Center. The green blazed trail follows the Table Rock Trail for a half of a mile before turning left. The trail wanders in a hardwood forest populated with  rhododendron and mountain laurel. A sharp contrast to the sandy soil and pine forests that are the rule in South Carolina. At one mile the trail joins the Pinnacle Trail and the Foothills Trail. 

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