Table Rock State Park
Table Rock State Park fits the bill for the natural beauty attributed to scenic Highway 11. The towering mountain, which gives the park its name, serves as a backdrop for the 3,000 acre park and its facilities. Below this section of theBlue Ridge Mountains, South Carolina natives and visitors can enjoy Table Rock State Park cabins, a campground and an old-fashioned swimming hole on one of the park’s two lakes.
Table Rock State Park hiking trails serve as an access point for the 80-mile Foothills Trail. South Carolina hikers can use to travel between several connected South Carolina State Parks. The Table Rock State Park hiking trails take hikers past mountain streams and waterfalls to the tops of Pinnacle and Table Rock mountains. While the park is well known to outdoor enthusiasts for its natural features, Table Rock also has its place in history. Many of the Table Rock State Park cabins and other structures built by the CCC remain standing and are on the National Register of Historic Places.
Fishing Information: Anglers enjoy fishing in Pinnacle Lake (36 acres) and Lake Oolenoy (67 acres) for bass, bream and catfish. A South Carolina fishing license is required.
Fishing Pier: A fishing pier accessible to the physically impaired is located on Lake Oolenoy.
Freshwater Fishing: Yes
Boating and Boat Access: A boat ramp provides private boat access to 67-acre Lake Oolenoy. No gas motors are allowed. Electric trolling motors and paddle powered boats are permitted. The Lake Oolenoy access is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. during eastern standard time (extended to 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daylight savings time). Private boats must be put in at the boat ramp, launching from the shoreline is not permitted. Private boats must be removed from Lake Oolenoy before the park closes. Private boats are not allowed on 36-acre Lake Pinnacle, however, rental fishing boats, canoes, kayaks and pedal boats are available for rent at the park to use on Lake Pinnacle. Boaters are required to pay the daily park admission in order to launch their craft or to use boats rented from the park.
Canoe/Kayak Rentals: Rental canoes and kayaks are available to use on Lake Pinnacle for year round. Canoes and kayaks may be rented from the park headquarters year round and seasonally from the Lake Pinnacle boathouse. Life jackets must be worn at all times.
Pedal Boat Rentals: Pedal boats are available to rent on Lake Pinnacle seasonally from March 1 through the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Boats may be rented from the park headquarters year round and seasonally at the Lake Pinnacle boathouse. Life jackets must be worn at all times.
Boats may be rented daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during Eastern Standard Time and 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. during Daylight Savings Time. Boats may be rented year round at the park headquarters and seasonally at the Lake Pinnacle boathouse. For all rentals, a person of at least 16 years of age must be present in the boat at all times. The park supplies life vests that must be worn at all times. Day-use visitors who are renting boats are required to pay the daily admission. Swimming is not permitted from boats. All rentals are weather dependent and subject to availability. Please contact the park before you make final plans.
Playground Equipment: Yes
Picnic Shelters: Yes
Playground: Playgrounds are located in the day-use area of the park near the trailhead and swimming area.
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.
Swimming is not permitted from park boats. Pets are not allowed in the lake or on the swim beach per DHEC regulations.
Wading is allowed in the stream near the Carrick Creek Falls observation deck.
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.
Hikers: Please register at the trailhead kiosk or Nature Center located at 620 Table Rock State Park Road, Pickens, SC. Fill out one card per group. Hikers must be off trails before sunset. Camping is prohibited within the park trail system. Park gates lock each night. Please keep dogs on 6-ft. maximum length leash at all times.
Park trails: Carrick Creek (2-mile loop), Lake Side Trail (1.9-mile loop), Pinnacle Mountain (4.2 miles one way) and Table Rock NRT (3.6 miles one way).
Camping Information: 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.
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