Carrick Creek Falls is one of the more popular areas of Table Rock State Park in upstate South Carolina. Although it’s on a trail, I’m marking it as an attraction because it’s so close to the parking lot and requires no real hiking. A paved pathway and boardwalk take visitors directly to the falls.
I really only dropped by to talk to the rangers and learn more about when the trails will reopen. Nearby Pinnacle Mountain suffered a wildfire in the fall of 2016 and most of the trails are still closed. I need to finish the last 15 miles of the Foothills Trail in order to call myself a thru-hiker, and that trail ends at this location.
In case you’re wondering, the rangers said it’ll likely be spring of 2017 when the mountain is fully opened to the public.
I learned about this waterfall from the book, Waterfall Hikes of Upstate South Carolina.
If you’re in the area, you might as well swing by Carrick Creek Road Falls. It’s a larger waterfall upstream that you can see from the road. And you don’t even have to enter the park.