We decided the hike to Raven Cliff Falls would give us a challenge and still allow us to be done by noon, well ahead of the incoming storms. Raven Cliff Falls trailhead is north on Rt 276 in the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area near Caesars Head State Park. As we drove to the trailhead, we unexpectantly came upon a pull-off that had a cute bridge across a creek.
Bridge to Bald Rock
As we crossed the bridge, we walked out on a huge granite rock and found spectacular panoramic views!!
What a great start to the day!!
We arrived at the parking area for the Raven Cliff Falls about 9:15. Our plan was to hike to the falls overlook, Trail #11, about 4.5 miles round trip.
Trail Map Close-up
(be sure to click to enlarge any photo)
Both of us really enjoy hiking on natural trails versus paved trails. This was definitely a natural trail:o))
Bill had to hold on at times;o))
There were lots of roots that could set you on your butt
if you don’t pay attention ;o((
This tree looks like it is holding the boulder in place!!
It was a beautiful hike with lots of ups and downs.
We are feeling the elevation changes!!
But that’s a GOOD thing!!
Finally, we got to the falls viewing platform.
Wonder if we are related to these Mills?!?!
Raven Cliff Falls are beautiful, but we were still 1/4 mile (as the crow flies) from the falls. To get any closer would require at least an addition 8 mile round-trip hike!! I think we’ll pass...maybe next time;o))
This was a case of the journey being the best part of the day. The falls were beautiful, but the hike was really the best part of the adventure!!
Once back at the trailhead, we enjoyed our lunch and then drove just a couple of miles south to check out Caesar’s Head State Park. This state park only has primitive camping. It has a nice visitors center and overlook. However, it is not RV friendly so DO NOT bring an RV to this location!!!!
The road to get here has lots of SQUIGGLES!!!
On the way to the Overlook, we passed this cute BUG;o))
Caesars Head State Park is the central information venue for hiking in this area. However, if you get the chance to stop, the overlook alone is worth the trip!!!
Caesars Head SP viewing platform
Raven Cliff Mountain where we just were hiking.
To the left is Stool Mountain (goes with the table)!
The highest point is Pinnacle Mountain.
The water in front is Table Rock Reservoir.
It provides the drinking water for Greenville, SC.
Higher than the Hawks!!
It would be hard to beat the beauty we have seen so far today. However, we had one more place we wanted to visit. Campbell’s Covered Bridge is located in this area. It is the oldest remaining covered bridge in South Carolina.
Campbell’s Covered Bridge
The bridge was built in 1901 and is only 35 feet long and 12 feet wide.
Campbell’s Bridge InsideReally nice that they have decided to restore and maintain this beautiful bridge. It now is part of a pretty park and on this hot afternoon, the kids were playing in the cool water near the bridge:o))
We made one last stop at the Table Rock SP visitor center. It was perfect timing. While we were using the free WIFI to check email, the nasty storm blew threw. It was over by the time we left and the temperature had dropped 20 degrees!! It’s been a great day and we can't wait to see what tomorrow brings.