Caesars Head State Park
Cleveland, SC 29635
Phone: (864) 836-6115
Fax: (864) 836-3081
Caesars Head State Park is located in northern Greenville County,
SC, only three miles (5 km) from the North Carolina border. Along with
Jones Gap State Park, the park forms the Mountain Bridge Wilderness
The park is popular for hiking, trailside camping and picnicking.
Fishing in the park for brook, spotted and rainbow trout takes place in
the Middle Saluda River and the Julian and Matthews creeks. Each Autumn,
the park is a temporary home to thousands of hawks migrating south for
One popular hiking trail in the park leads to the 420 foot high Raven
Cliff Falls, where a suspension bridge overlooks the falls.
Welcome to Caesars Head State Park
Caesars Head State Park has long been a must-see in the South
Carolina Upstate. A granites gneiss outcropping atop the dramatic Blue
Ridge Escarpment, it offers breathtaking views year-round, especially
when fall sets the hardwoods ablaze.
Another annual highlight is the Hawk Watch program each fall, timed
to allow visitors to marvel at the unforgettable sight of hundreds of
soaring, swirling migrating raptors � hawks, kites, falcons, eagles
and more � from the park visitors� own perch at 3,200 feet above sea
Hiking trails ranging from easy to challenging circle and traverse
Caesars Head and adjoining Jones Gap state parks, which together form
the Mountain Bridge Wilderness, about 11,000 acres of pristine southern
One of the most popular trails at Caesars Head leads to 420-foot
Raven Cliff Falls, where a suspension bridge offers one of the two
publicly accessible overlooks to the falls as they splash deep into the
mountain cove below.
Picnicking and wilderness trailside camping also are highlights. The
park, easily accessible with its headquarters on U.S. 276 just shy of
the state line, also leads to some prime trout fishing areas in the
state-designated scenic Middle Saluda River.
Fishing Information: Enjoy fishing in the Middle Saluda, Matthews and
Julian creeks for brook, rainbow and brown trout. A valid South Carolina
fishing license is required. Artificial lures/flies only.
THINGS TO DO
Picnic Area and Shelters: A picnic shelter is available free on a
first-come, first-served basis.
Park Store/Gift Shop: The park store includes a variety of gift and
- Fishing: Yes
- Birding: Yes
Visitor Centers: The Visitors Information Center/Gift Shop houses
exhibits of area attractions, a relief map of the Mountain Bridge trail
system, hawk displays and a variety of gift and souvenir items. Open
year-round 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., closed on Christmas Day.
Hiking Trails: A network of easy to strenuous hiking trails in the
Mountain Bridge Recreation Area links Caesars Head and Jones Gap state
parks. Registering with the park before using these trails is mandatory.
During daylight savings time the trails close one hour before sunset.
Detailed trail maps are available for sale at the park headquarters.
- Bill Kimball #5 (2.1 miles)
- Coldspring Branch #3 (2.6 miles)
- Coldspring Connector #7 (0.5 mile)
- Dismal #12 (1.5 miles)
- Falls Creek #31 (1.7 miles)
- Frank Coggins #15 (0.8 mile)
- Gum Gap #13 (3.3 miles)
- John Sloan #21 (0.9 mile)
- Naturaland Trust #14 (5.8 miles)
- Pinnacle Pass #20 (10 miles)
- Raven Cliff Falls (2 miles)
- Rim of the Gap #6 (4.3 miles)
- Tom Miller #2 (0.7 mile)
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