Enjoy the views from Caesars Head

CorrespondentDecember 1, 2012 

In northwest South Carolina, fantastic views from atop Caesars Head are spectacular in fall: Even Greenville, more than 30 miles distant, can be on the horizon.

MARK ALAN HUDSON

  • Details What: Caesars Head State Park Where: Near Cleveland, S.C. When: Day-use hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Cost: Free admission; trail-access fee, $2 for adults; camping fees range from $8-$20 per night. Park info: 864-836-6115 or southcarolinaparks.com Camping info: Check the website or call 866-345-7275.

The iconic granite gneiss outcropping known as Caesars Head – in the same-name South Carolina state park – offers stunning views year-round.

Distance

From Raleigh, it’s about 290 miles, about 5 hours, one way.

To see and do

Drive to the top of this mountain peak, view a 3-D representation of the park that pinpoints locations of interest.

A short walk will get you to the actual overlook, which provides a great view of the Blue Ridge escarpment: A sheer drop of 2,000 feet below you is the beginning of the Piedmont. Across the way, you can easily see Table Rock and keen eyes can pick out Greenville, S.C., on clear days.

There are 34 miles of trails to test your legs. One of the most popular is the Raven Cliff Falls Trail, 4.4 miles round-trip. It is not an overwhelming walk and offers a stunning view of a 420-foot falls.

There is a nice shelter suitable for resting or a picnic lunch. Other trails offer longer walks and also 24 backcountry camping opportunities.

Where: Near Cleveland, S.C.

When: Day-use 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.

Cost: Free admission; trail-access fee, $2 for adults; camping fees, $8-$20 per night.

Info: 864-836-6115 or southcarolinaparks.com

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