Caesar’s Head – Marietta, South Carolina
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Caesar’s Head State Park, located in Greenville County, provides gorgeous views of the Blue Ridge Escarpment. The park has picnic areas, campgrounds, and hundreds of hiking trails. It is also a great place to fish.
© Josh Jones of Greenville (2008)
Caesar’s Head was established as a state park in 1979, and became part of the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area in 1996. The most famous part of the park is at its southern edge, where you will find a large, isolated granite rock protruding over an expansive valley. The giant rock formed approximately 409 million years ago, and stands 3,266 feet above sea level.
© David Waldrop of Pelzer (2009)
The land originally belonged to the Cherokee Indians, but was relinquished by the state in 1816. In the mid-1800s, Colonel Benjamin Hagood purchased 500 acres and built a hotel here. A highway was constructed out to Caesar’s Head, and a small summertime community sprang up around the hotel. Even though it burned down during the Civil War, the community and history continues to live on. Read more about the history of the Caesar’s Head Hotel.
There are many legends as to how Caesar’s Head got its name, but these three are the most popular tales. One is about a hunter and his dog named Caesar, who accidentally fell from its famous granite cliff in pursuit of its prey. The distraught owner named the cliff after his faithful dog. Another says caesar is a crude adaptation of sachem the Cherokee word for Indian chief. The final and most simple theory is that the rock resembles Julius Caesar’s profile.
© Michael Mulea of Simpsonville (2012)
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