Must-Do Hikes in the Upstate of South Carolina

Updated: Dec 30, 2020

The Upstate of South Carolina is a beautiful, mountainous place with hundreds of miles of hiking trails. In Lake Hartwell Country, the land By the Blue Wall, hiking is one of our favorite pastimes, so we’ve gathered a list of must-do hikes in our region!

Table Rock Mountain Trail

The trail to the summit of Table Rock Mountain might arguably be the most well-known hike in the upstate of South Carolina, and can be found in Table Rock State Park. Located just 15 minutes from downtown Pickens, this trail is 3.2 miles one way, and is considered to be strenuous. The views from the top of the mountain are unbeatable!

Pinnacle Mountain Trail

Also located in Table Rock State Park, Pinnacle Mountain is the lesser-known summit trail in the park. However, don’t overlook this awesome hike! Along the 3.6 mile, one-way route, you will see a waterfall as well as a fantastic overlook. This one is also strenuous, and is quite steep in some spots.

Tamassee Knob Trail

Gorgeous views await at the end of the Tamassee Knob Trail! Located in Oconee State Park, this 2 mile, one-way trail is moderate to strenuous and is perfect for a half day hike. At times, there are steep drop-offs on either side of the trail, so watch your step and tread carefully.

Yellow Branch Falls Trail

This popular trail to Yellow Branch Falls in the Sumter National Forest is 1.5 miles one way and is considered moderate. It is popular with families, fun for kids, and is a great hike to do with your four-legged friend. This waterfall has a uniquely tiered face, and seeing it is worth every step of this great trail!

Opossum Creek Falls Trail

Oppossum Creek Falls is a beautiful waterfall tucked into the mountains of the Sumter National Forest. The trail that leads to the falls is 2 miles one way, and is considered moderate to strenuous. At points, this trail crosses over streams, so consider wearing waterproof or water resistant footwear.

SAFETY IS IMPORTANT in all outdoor adventures! Practice Leave No Trace, take only pictures and leave only footprints. Be sure to pack snacks and plenty of water for any hike that you take. For more of our best tips to enjoy the outdoors, click here.

We hope that you thoroughly enjoy your stay here in Lake Hartwell Country! For more information on all there is to see and do in the area, head to our website You can also find trip inspiration on our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. Feel free to give us a call and stop by our Visitors Center in Pendleton or Pickens. We’ll see y’all soon!

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