Table Rock – Pickens County, South Carolina

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Long before this area of the Blue Ridge Mountains became Table Rock State Park, it was inhabited by the Cherokee Indians who referred to it as Sah-ka-na-ga, which translates as the “Great Blue Hills of God.” It is here at beautiful Table Rock that the Cherokee believed their god sat down to feast, using the rocky mountain ledge as his table.

Table Rock Mountain

Tim Ellenburg of Williamston, 2010 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

In 1785, the Hopewell Treaty was signed by the Cherokee Indians and the United States government; this treaty laid out boundaries for white settlers who wanted to live near Table Rock. Soon after, the small village of Pumpkintown was formed.

Table Rock Pickens County

Blaine Owens of Greenville © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Table Rock State Park spans over 3,000 acres which have been either donated or purchased from Pickens County and private citizens so that all South Carolinians can enjoy its beauty.

Table Rock SC

Steven Faucette of Williamston, 2011 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Table Rock State Park boasts two lakes – Pinnacle Lake and Lake Oolenoy – a campground, meeting facilities, and an historic lodge (pictured below), most which were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. These structures are listed in the National Historic Register.

Table Rock Lodge

Larry Gleason of Aiken, 2012 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The park has one of our state’s first nature education programs and serves as a trail head for the 80-mile long Foothills Trail through the Blue Ridge Escarpment. The most popular trail in the park is of course the one that leads to the top of Table Rock Mountain itself.

Check out the Table Rock webcam.

Table Rock Park

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

Table Rock

Tim Ellenburg of Williamston, 2009 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Table Rock State Park

Blaine Owens of Greenville, 2011 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Table Rock South Carolina

Larry Gleason of Aiken, 2012 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Table Rock Info

Address: 158 East Ellison Lane, Pickens, SC 29671

Table Rock Map

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The purpose of the South Carolina Picture Project is to celebrate the beauty of the Palmetto State and create a permanent digital repository for our cultural landmarks and natural landscapes. We invite you to add additional pictures (paintings, photos, etc) of Table Rock, and we also invite you to add info, history, stories, and travel tips. Together, we hope to build one of the best and most loved SC resources in the world!

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2 Comments about Table Rock

asiaNo Gravatar says:
August 18th, 2015 at 7:20 pm

Thank you for making the slides, I needed that information to learn more about the beautiful parts of S.C. This also helped me with my homework, THANK U SO MUCH.

JohnNo Gravatar says:
May 30th, 2013 at 9:16 am

very nice

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