Table Rock State Park – or – why I’m walking funny today.
Table Rock is one of South Carolina’s most iconic images. Most anywhere you see a billboard about SC State Parks, they show you a view of Table Rock.
Table Rock State Park also includes Pinnacle Mountain, which is the tallest mountain entirely in South Carolina. Sassafrass Mountain is a couple of hundred feet taller, but it is mostly in North Carolina. But still, coming from an area that is 250 feet above sea level, 3200 feet is nothing to sneeze at.
I met with our Meetup.Com group at 7a.m., which meant I got up at 5…But I’m glad we got an early start. Despite cleaning and vacuuming the car by flashlight the night before, I didn’t need it. The group was much smaller than anticipated, and four of us rode up in Mark’s car. Since this was only a day hike, I left the Blue Beast backpack at home, and took my DSLR pack, replacing the camera with hiking goodies. I don’t think I could have made it with the big pack on.
Unfortunately some of the group did not show, so we were left with the six of us. It turned out fine, however. The smaller group worked out great with the strenuous hike, and the bees. Plus, I knew Mike and David from the Panthertown trip, so it was fun to see some familiar faces.
The first mile or two out of the nature center followed a cascading watercourse, one long continuous falls down from the mountains. It was noisy and pretty a cool, but not very photogenic from the trail. Then we spun off from there, and headed up towards Pinnacle Mountain.