A granitic gneiss outcropping atop the dramatic Blue Ridge Escarpment
gives Caesars Head State Park its name. Every fall, from the easily-accessible overlook atop the rocky peak of the Blue Ridge Escarpment, sight-seers are treated to the Hawk Watch program and a spectacular view that extends into North Carolina and Georgia.
Caesars Head connects to Jones Gap State Park in what is known as the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area, an 11,000-acre area of pristine southern mountain forest. Hikers can take a number of loop and traverse hiking trails that connect the parks, and trailside camping is available for those who choose the longer routes.
One of the most popular trails at Caesars Head is the two-mile Raven Cliff Falls trail. This hiking trail leads to 420-foot Raven Cliff Falls
, where a suspension bridge offers one of the two publicly accessible overlooks to the falls as they plunge deep into the mountain cove below.
Check out other South Carolina State Parks! Explore another mountainous area at Paris Mountain State Park
or observe nature at a blistering pace on South Carolina mountain bike trails
HOURS AND ADMISSION
: Trail access cost: $2 adults; $1.25 SC seniors; age 15 & younger free
Days and Hours of Operation
: 9am-9pm, daily during daylight saving time. 9am-6pm, daily, the remainder of the year. Trails close one hour before dark, year round.
Days and Holidays Closed
: The Visitor Center and gift shop will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. The park will however, remain open on these days.
: 9am-5pm, daily, during daylight saving time. 10am-5pm M-Th and 9am-5pm F-Su, the remainder of the year.
: The Visitor Center houses exhibits of area attractions, a relief map of the Mountain Bridge trail system, hawk displays and a variety of gift and souvenir items. It is open 9am-5 pm, daily during daylight saving time. Hours are 10am-5pm M-Th and 9am-5pm F-Su, the remainder of the year. The Visitor Center is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
: Pets are allowed in most outdoor areas provided they are kept under physical restraint or on a leash not longer than six feet. Owners will be asked to remove noisy or dangerous pets or pets that threaten or harass wildlife.