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Description - Caesars Head is an excellent park for nature enthusiasts and photographers. This park joins Jones Gap State Park and other natural areas to comprise the Mountain Bridge Wilderness and Recreation Area. At 3,266 feet above sea level, Caesars Head provides a panoramic view of nearby valleys, Table Rock and Pinnacle mountains, and other distant peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Raven Cliff Falls, situated along one of the park's many hiking trails, is one of the highest waterfalls in the eastern United States. Wildflowers bloom in profusion throughout the park, offering the visitor an ever-changing palette of colors in all seasons.

There are 50 miles of easy to strenuous hiking trails in the Mountain Bridge Wilderness and Recreation Area. Trailside camping is allowed at 23 designated trail sites. Other points of interest include a scenic overlook, and Ravin Cliff Falls. Enjoy fishing in the Middle Saluda, Matthews and Julian creeks for brook, spotted and rainbow trout.

Recreation - The primary activities at Caesars Head are hiking, picnicking, fishing, viewing scenery and primitive camping. The campsites are available along the trails, not in a developed campground.

Climate - South Carolina generally has a temperate climate, with cool winters and warm, humid summers. Snow and freezing temperatures are possible in the winter at the higher elevations. Thunderstorms are possible throughout the year but most common in the spring and summer. Tropical storms occasionally strike the coast during the hurricane season.

Location - Caesars Head State Park is located on US 276, 37 miles northwest of Greenville near the South Carolina-North Carolina border and 5 miles from SC Highway 11.

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Filed By: Aaron
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I hiked the Raven's CLiff Falls trail January 2, 2001. The temp. was about 22 degrees and overcast. I was the only person on the trail at that time.I made it to the lookout area at the bottom of the falls just as flakes of snow began to lightly cover the ground. With no one else around, it was a beautiful moment of solitude.

Filed By: Paul (Greenville, SC)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I have hiked all the trails in the Caesar's Head State Park system and I highly recommend the area for a variety of hiking experiences, ranging from easy to very strenuous. The most traffic is on the Raven Cliff Falls trail, but there are many trails that are great for a solitary hiking experience. Before hiking, stop by the Park HQ at the top of the mountain. A large model of the Park is on display with all the trails noted on the model. Park personnel are very helpful in suggesting trails that will meet your hiking expectations.

Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Caesar's Head is a wonderful escape into the wilderness. Ravencliff Falls is a great trail, though sometimes busy. The view of falls themselves is well worth the hike, even if the effort is not made to reach the base of the falls (and/or the bridge). The view from the main parking area is spectacular, especially on a clear day.

Filed By: Marv (Jacksonville, FL)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I began my hike at the Raven Cliff trailhead. I hiked the 8.3 mile loop via the Dismal trail to the bridge and back around the Gum Gap Trail. Dismal is very steep and very wet and slippery. Great hike. Passed two groups of people. Also did the hike to view the falls with my 70 year old dad, he had no problems that that part of the trail. Well worth it.

Filed By: Deedee Holmes (Aiken {live in Edgefield Co.}, SC)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: 11/23/02:My sister and I began our hike at the Raven Cliff trailhead. Beautiful vistas on the Raven Cliff Trail. Hiked to the shelter and turned right onto Gum Gap #13. Hiked to #14 to access the suspesion bridge. We never made to it the bridge. Trecherous terrain on #14 at water. Very disappointed that we couldn't get to the bridge. Hiked all that way, 6.8 miles total and couldn't get there! Would suggest a 'touch up' in that part of #14 so hikers can get to the suspension bridge, especially after hiking all that distance. 11/24/02: Entered Raven Cliff parking lot and began Coldspring Branch #3 trial to #5. Turned around at #5 and came back..total 1.6 miles. Nice easy short trail. Also, would suggest more color markers on trails. The rangers at Caesars Head were very informative. Stop to ask questions,worth your while! Thanks especially to the white haired ranger for telling me to go and look at the view there at the park office...magnificient!! We loved coming up and plan to return to do many more of the moderate trails.

Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The most popular trail is Raven Cliff Falls. Moderate in some areas, easy in others. This trail attracts a lot of people. However, if you want a good workout, plus beautiful vistas, Caesar's Head has it. We hiked an 8.3 mile loop and changed elevations four times. Hardest trail to date is the Dismal (we saw two people on this trail on their way down) Be prepared for this arduous climb straight up!

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Contact Information:
Caesars Head State Park, 8155 Geer Highway , Cleveland, SC, 29635, Phone: 864-836-6115

Additional Information:
South Carolina State Parks - The South Carolina State Parks stretch from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Atlantic coast. They offer a huge variety of sites and possible recreation activities.
Upstate Region - The Upstate Region of South Carolina is located in the northwest corner of the state. It includes the cities of Greenville and Spartanburg. This is an area of high plateaus and mountains.

South Carolina Tourism - Official website of South Carolina Tourism


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