The hike begins at the Nature Center in Table Rock State Park. You will begin an adventurous, scenic trek on this well-trodden trail by turning left when you reach the Pinnacle Mountain Trail sign. Follow the yellow blazes (green blazes eventually turn to the right where the Carrick Creek Trail branches off) and you will cross several small foot bridges amid the hardwoods and rhododendron that line the steep mountain slopes. You will encounter a small waterfall to the right and pass beneath a giant rock ledge, before you reach the junction of a 0.4 mile spur trail that leads to Mill Creek Falls. The spur ends at a wooden bridge where you can view the falls. Return to the junction and continue to Bald Knob Overlook. After a steep ascension, the trail levels and joins the Mill Creek Trail for a short distance and then continue hiking uphill to the huge sloping Bald Knob. Your reward is the view as you look out over the distant mountains to see Greenville and beyond. To continue to Pinnacle Mountain, walk uphill to the top of the outcrop and turn right into the forest. The Foothills Trail will branch off to the left and you will ascend steeply to the tree-enclosed apex of Pinnacle Mountain. You can return the way you came, or follow the less strenuous, wooded Ridge Trail, to the Table Rock Trail and back to the Nature Center.
|Range/Region:||Southern Appalachian Ridges|
|Best months for climbing:||Jan, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec|
|Nearest major airport:||Greenville/Spartanburg International|
|Convenient Center:||Pickens, SC|
Thanks to David Rankin for adding this peak.
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