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hiked at Table Rock State Park
158 E Ellison Lane
Pickens, South Carolina 29671
August 27, 2021

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Table Rock State Park is a 3,083 acre park at the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains in northern Pickens County, South Carolina. The park includes Pinnacle Mountain, the tallest mountain totally within the state. It costs $7.50 each for seniors. Other adults are $12each. At least there is one slight advantage to being older. Ha Ha!

Table Rock State Park sign Table Rock State Park sign

Pinnacle Mountain

Pinnacle Mountain

Pinnacle Mountain

There are two trails. There is a 3.5 mile Table Rock Summit Trail rising 2,000 feet above the trailhead. Naturally, this was not the trail for the two RV Gypsies. So they took the 2-mile Carrick Creek Nature Trail that loops around two creeks with small cascades of water along the way. Both trails are moderately strenuous.

the start of the trail

the swimming hole waterfall

Passing by the "swimming hole", Karen Duquette noted that people had just left and debated about getting wet, but regrettably decided it would be best to wait until the return trip because by then Lee would appreciate taking a rest while Karen played in the cold water. Plus Karen knew they were both excited to see the "real waterfall" that Lee had talked about. (However, now that it is too late, Karen did her research and found that this "swimming hole" is the only waterfall here, and it is just a short walk from the parking lot.

the swimming hole waterfall

the swimming hole waterfall

the swimming hole waterfall

slding rock

Then it was time to start the hike to the big waterfall that doesn't even exist. It was a rough trip the entire time. Karen paused occasionally to take a few photos to show the type of trail, and catch her breath. It was an extremely hot day.

Lee Duquette on the rocks

Lee Duquette on the trail

Lee Duquette on the trail

Lee Duquette on the trail

Below: Karen Duquette liked the shiny reflections in the water alongside the trail. But she did not like the looks of the narrow trail shown below in the right-hand side of each photo below.

the trail besides some flowing water

the trail besides some flowing water

Lee Duquette paused to take a look at the water. That one step up, shown below, was a big one.

Lee Duquette checking out a cascade of flowing water

water flowing over a boulder

One of the few easy spots on the trail - a short boardwalk.

a short boardwalk.

Bellow: Then some nasty tree roots to maneuver through.

nasty tree roots to maneuver through
nasty tree roots to maneuver through

Karen Duquette liked the bright red mushrooms along the trail. There were also some bright green ones, but she was too tired to take any more photos. Lee had not noticed them until Karen mentioned this red one, so he took a photo of the red one.

bright red mushroom

Karen Duquette decided it was time to cool down. She regretted that she did not go into the "swimming hole" at the beginning of the trail. The narrow, curved rock she had to walk over to get to the water was wet and slippery, so she approached very slowly and cautiously.

Karen Duquette by a cascade of water

Karen Duquette by a cascade of water

Karen Duquette said it felt refreshing to splash the cold water on her face.

Karen Duquette by a cascade of water Karen Duquette by a cascade of water

Karen Duquette splashing water on her face

Karen Duquette splashing water on her face

Then it was time to continue the trip. But the rock was curved, slippery and sloped downwards. Karen Duquette dropped her water bottle and when Lee Duquette tried to get the water bottle out of the fast flowing water, he almost fell and dropped the camera in the water. He was a quite angry. But the camera was okay and so was Lee. Karen took just one more photo to be sure the camera worked.

the nasty trail

But after hiking further up the hill, Karen Duquette was really short of breath and it was getting hard to breath or talk. So when they reached a turning point, they took the other part of the loop trail down and never got to the waterfall they thought was higher up on the trail. They thought perhaps they should have gone right after the "swimming hole" instead of left.(But then again, there is no waterfall higher up anyway). This just may be their last hike ever, at least in really hot weather.

Although there were some other places on the return loop back that would have made interesting pictures, including one of some dude walking over boulders in fast flowing water, Karen just was too drained to take anymore photos, and really had trouble completing the trip back to the "swimming hole". Once there, Karen waded into the very cold water while Lee sat on a nearby bench and relaxed after taking a few photos and a movie of Karen in the cold water.

Karen Duquette enjoying the waterfall

Karen Duquette enjoying the waterfall

Karen Duquette got as close as she could to the waterfall. A ledge prevented her from getting under the waterfall at this point.

Karen Duquette enjoying the waterfall

Karen Duquette enjoying the waterfall

Karen Duquette enjoying the waterfall

So Karen Duquette went around to the side of the ledge to actually get behind the waterfall. She kept one hand on the ledge above her as a safety precaution because the ledge was wet and slippery.

Karen Duquette enjoying the waterfall

Karen Duquette enjoying the waterfall

Karen Duquette behind the waterfall

Karen Duquette behind the waterfall

Karen Duquette behind the waterfall

Karen Duquette behind the waterfall

After a nice time in the cold, but refreshing water, it was regrettably time to leave.

Driving a bit down the road, the two RV Gypsies spotted a car with the best ever "Star Wars" paint job. Unfortunately, Karen could not get out of the car to take photos, because it was in someone's private driveway, but she is happy with the two photos she took.

Star Wars paint job on a car

Star Wars paint job on a car

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