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Hiking/Backpacking

With high mountain trails and deep, dramatic gorges, waterfalls and river views, hikers and backpackers come back to Pickens County again and again.

Carrick Creek Loop Trail Carrick Creek Loop Trail This trail is a moderately strenuous 1.8-mile trail loop. You will see old growth forests, trilliums in the spring, and other various wild flowers throughout the seasons. This trail will take approximately 1 hour to complete. Phone:  (864) 878-9817City:  Pickens→  Visit Website →  Visit Map
Cherokee Interpretive Trail Cherokee Interpretive Trail This is an easy quarter-mile loop trail located in Keowee-Toxaway State Natural Area. Phone:  (864) 868-2405City:  Sunset→  Visit Website →  Visit Map
Eastatoe Creek Heritage Preserve Trail Eastatoe Creek Heritage Preserve Trail This is a moderate 1.7-mile (one way) path that takes you to the Eastatoe Creek Heritage Preserve. City:  Sunset→  Visit Website →  Visit Map
Eastatoe Falls/Twin Falls Eastatoe Falls/Twin Falls These beautiful waterfalls are nestled in the Eastatoe Valley. They are an easy hike of about 1 mile. The falls consist of two falls. The larger of the two is about 75 feet high. City:  Sunset→  Visit Website →  Visit Map
Eastatoe River Eastatoe River The Eastatoe River, in the Eastatoe Valley, is part of the Jocassee Gorges and offers trout stream fishing. City:  Sunset→  Visit Website →  Visit Map
Eden Farms Eden Farms Just a short drive from downtown Easley & Pickens, SC , Eden Farms is open tot the public. With indoor banquet facilities it is a perfect setting for gatherings. Hiking, camping and riding. Trail rides, special events, cross-country riding, training, summer camps for kids and more. Phone:  (864) 898-0043City:  Marietta→  Visit Website →  Visit Map
Foothills Trail Foothills Trail This is an 80-mile footpath extending from Table Rock State Park at its eastern terminus to Oconee State Park in the west. It take the hiker through the heart of the Jocassee Gorges. Phone:  (864) 467-9537City:  Pickens→  Visit Website →  Visit Map
Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve Activities: Nature Viewing and Hiking. The preserve covers 65 acres and is located near Pickens, South Carolina. One of only a few Piedmont Monadnocks in South Carolina. Phone:  (864) 654-6738City:  Pickens→  Visit Website →  Visit Map
Keowee-Toxaway State Park Keowee-Toxaway State Park A 1,000 acre park. Enjoy views of the Blue Ridge mountains and Jocassee Gorges at Keowee-Toxaway State Park on Lake Keowee. Camping, boating, hiking are popular here. Phone:  (864) 868-2605City:  Sunset→  Visit Website →  Visit Map
Lake Hartwell Lake Hartwell Located off I-85 in the Clemson, SC area -there are five commercial marinas on this lake, which borders Pickens, Oconee and Anderson Counties. City:  Clemson→  Visit Website →  Visit Map
Lake Jocassee Lake Jocassee Located off Hwy 11, The deep, crystal clear water of Lake Jocassee has 75 miles of shoreline. It is the only lake in SC offering both trophy trout and smallmouth bass. Phone:  (864) 654-6346City:  Pickens→  Visit Website →  Visit Map
Laural Fork Heritage Preserve/Wildlife Management Area Laural Fork Heritage Preserve/Wildlife Management Area Activities: Important Bird Area, Campfires, Equestrian, Driving, Primitive Camping, Biking, Nature Viewing, Hiking, Hunting, Fishing. Laurel Fork Heritage Preserve covers 1,361 acres in Pickens County Phone:  (864) 654-6738City:  Sunset→  Visit Website →  Visit Map
Martin Creek Landing, Twelve Mile Park, Twin Lakes Martin Creek Landing, Twelve Mile Park, Twin Lakes These sites offer boat access in Pickens County. Lake Hartwell affords rewarding fishing opportunities for the avid sportsman. Phone:  (888) 893-0678City:  Clemson→  Visit Website →  Visit Map
Mile Creek Park Mile Creek Park Camping, boating, hiking, picnicking, covered shelters, and new rental cabins make Mile Creek Park a vacationer's delight.. Two access areas on Lake Keowee closed temporarily - Mile Creek Park can be used during this time Phone:  (864) 868-2196City:  Six Mile→  Visit Website →  Visit Map
Natural Bridge Trail Natural Bridge Trail This is a moderately strenuous 1.5-mile loop trail. Phone:  (864) 868-2605City:  Sunset→  Visit Website →  Visit Map
Palmetto Trail Palmetto Trail Conceived in 1994, South Carolina’s Palmetto Trail is the state’s largest bicycle and pedestrian project and will run from the mountains to the sea. Phone:  (864) 529-0259City:  Pickens→  Visit Website →  Visit Map
Pinnacle Mountain Trail Pinnacle Mountain Trail This trail is a fairly strenuous 3.3 miles (one way) trail. Before starting, you should register at the Nature Center, and remember to take along plenty of water for the hike. Phone:  (864) 878-9813City:  Pickens→  Visit Website →  Visit Map
Raven Rock Trail Raven Rock Trail This is a moderately strenuous 4.2-mile loop. Phone:  (864) 868-2605City:  Sunset→  Visit Website →  Visit Map
Ridge Trail Ridge Trail This is a rugged, strenuous trail. It is a connector between the Pinnacle Mountain and Table Rock Trails. Phone:  (864) 878-9813City:  Pickens→  Visit Website →  Visit Map
Sassafras Mountain - Highest Point in SC Sassafras Mountain - Highest Point in SC Picturesques view of four states, contentental divide, and highest point in SC. Plans are currently progressing to develop this highest point in South Carolina into a very welcoming site for visitors to enjoy. Phone:  (864) 654-1671City:  Sunset→  Visit Website →  Visit Map
South Carolina Botanical Garden South Carolina Botanical Garden Hiking, walking/jogging and nature trails are in the garden totaling 3.4 miles; on 295 acres. Woodland Wildflower Garden/Belser Nature Trail features many species of native woodland wildflowers, bog plants and ferns growing in a natural setting. Phone:  (864) 656-3405City:  Clemson→  Visit Website →  Visit Map
Southern Appalachian Outdoors Southern Appalachian Outdoors Fishing, Hiking, Paddling, Biking...and much more! City:  Pickens →  Visit Map
Table Rock State Park Table Rock State Park Table Rock Mountain provides a towering backdrop for an upcountry retreat at the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Phone:  (864) 878-9813City:  Pickens→  Visit Website →  Visit Map
Table Rock Trail Table Rock Trail Table Rock Trail is a very strenuous 3.4-mile (one way) trail. Phone:  (864) 898-9813City:  Pickens→  Visit Website →  Visit Map
Treaty Oak Trail at Issaqueena Lake Treaty Oak Trail at Issaqueena Lake Treaty Oak trail is .4 of a mile long, and is located at Issaqueena Lake in Clemson, SC. Phone:  (864) 656-7502City:  Clemson→  Visit Website →  Visit Map
Upcountry Outdoors Upcountry Outdoors Whether you need running, hiking or biking essentials or bike rental/repair we are proud to be your store of choice! Phone:  (864) 442-5830City:  Easley→  Visit Website →  Visit Map
Wadakoe Mountain Heritage Preserve Wadakoe Mountain Heritage Preserve Activities: Nature Viewing, Hiking, Hunting. This 37 acre property lies on the edge of the Jocassee Gorges property in Pickens County. Underlying amphibolite supports some uncommon plant species. Phone:  (864) 654-6738City:  Sunset→  Visit Website →  Visit Map