Caesar’s Head – Cleveland, South Carolina

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Caesar’s Head State Park, located in Greenville County, provides gorgeous views of the Blue Ridge Escarpment. It features campgrounds and hiking trails, and it’s also just a hop, skip, and jump away from both Jones Gap Falls and Symmes Chapel (Pretty Place).

Caesars Head State Park

Jeff Hammond of Greenville, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Caesar’s Head was established as a state park in 1979 and became part of the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area in 1996. Its most famous spot can be found at its southern edge, where a large, isolated granite rock protrudes over an expansive valley. The giant rock formed approximately 409 million years ago and stands 3,266 feet above sea level.

Caesar's Head

Josh Jones of Greenville, 2008 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The land originally belonged to the Cherokee Indians, but it was relinquished to 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.

Caesars Head Overlook

Natasha Hull of Easley, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Though it burned down during the Civil War, the community and history continue to live on. Read more about the history of the Caesar’s Head Hotel.

Caesar's Head Greenville

David Waldrop of Pelzer, 2009 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Of course, getting to Caesar’s Head State Park is half the fun. United States Highway 276, seen below, starts as a busy highway in Mauldin and becomes a scenic road winding through the mountains of South Carolina and eventually North Carolina, even passing through the latter state’s Pisgah National Forest. Follow this road to Casear’s Head for a visit to an incredible state park and then continue along the route for further mountain adventures.

Caesars Head Highway

Charles Hardin of Taylors, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

There are many legends as to how Caesar’s Head got its name, but these three are the most popular. One highlights a hunter and his dog, Caesar, the latter of whom fell from the cliff in pursuit of their prey. The distraught owner then 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 perhaps simplest theory is that the rock resembles Julius Caesar’s profile.

Caesar's Head Greenville SC

Michael Mulea of Simpsonville, 2012 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

As mentioned above, Ceasar’s Head is viewable from Pretty Place in Camp Greenville. As Jeff Hammond, who took the photo at the top of this page, notes, “I took this picture just before sunrise at Pretty Place Chapel, which is inside Camp Greenville in Cleveland, SC. It was my first time to ever visit this chapel and the beauty of this place truly left me speechless. It reminded me of the perfect morning. It was taken in May of 2013 around 6:15 AM.”

Caesar’s Head Info

Address: 8155 Geer Highway, Cleveland, SC 29635

Caesar’s Head Map

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8 Comments about Caesar’s Head

Michelle BrooksNo Gravatar says:
September 17th, 2015 at 6:04 pm

Awesome photo of Jeff Hammond of Caesar’s Head. Definitely a pretty view.

Dan Goodwin says:
July 19th, 2015 at 9:39 pm

It is a physical impossibility to see Caesar's Head from Pretty Place. They sit on opposite sides of the mountain. The photo at the top was taken from Caesar's Head looking toward Table Rock. None of the photos in this article show the view from Pretty Place.

Marlene Evatt Ansley says:
February 18th, 2015 at 7:00 pm

The most fun is driving Rt. 276 up to Caesar's Head!! :)

John GillespieNo Gravatar says:
October 16th, 2014 at 4:22 am

Nice places and good photographs.

Dee LankfordNo Gravatar says:
October 11th, 2013 at 3:48 am

How long does it take to drive from Sevierville, TN to Pretty Place Chapel?

Chris RogersNo Gravatar says:
June 27th, 2013 at 11:29 am

I am a native of the Pee Dee area (Dillon, SC) but have lived in the Upstate for more than 20 years. Caesar’s Head and nearby Bald Rock are 2 of my favorite places to take my family for spectacular views of the western edge of SC, a place so rich in natural beauty and history! Thanks photographers for these outstanding pictures.

Katherine EversoleNo Gravatar says:
May 16th, 2013 at 8:05 am

I am from Kentucky and moved to Myrtle Beach in October of 2012. So seeing these pictures of the mountains here makes me so happy. I love this state and miss the mountains from home. So I can have both in one place! That’s enough to put a smile on my face for awhile.

Terry Bowlin TramellNo Gravatar says:
April 20th, 2013 at 1:33 am

I love the pictures. I am from Greenville who finished High School in Greenville and grew up around the Furman area on Crestline Rd, so’ I was glad to see the beautiful pictures. Thank you TT

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