Cedar Mountain, NC
Table Rock State Park is best known for picturesque Table Rock Mountain. However, the park is also home to numerous small waterfalls. Many of these falls are found on Carrick and Green Creeks along the 2-mile Carrick Creek loop trail. Most of the falls measure between five and 10 feet high and do not have a large streamflow. However, there's just so many of them! Be sure to register at the nature center and follow the paved path to the first falls with the inviting pool (seen in the first two pictures below). Many families stay right here all day long. The next cascade (as seen above) features a short, block-type falls followed by a slide, while in the background Green Creek tumbles into Carrick Creek. The Carrick Creek loop follows the two creeks for most of its journey except for a moderate climb up to a 1,600-foot high ridgeline. The Carrick Creek trail connects to two strenuous trails leading to the summits of Pinnacle and Table Rock mountains so be sure to follow the signs.
Directions: Table Rock State Park is on S.C. 11 near the Greenville-Pickens county line. Enter at the west gate, go past the campground and follow the signs to the nature center. Park in the lot across from the nature center and cross the road. Fill out the hiker registration form. The Carrick Creek, Table Rock and Pinnacle Mountain trails all begin behind the nature center.
All photos © Allen Easler.