Caesars Head State Park offers hiking, fishing, spectacular water fall

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OWEN RILEY JR./Staff

Caesars Head State Park offers spectacular overlooks, a 420-foot waterfall and hiking trails of various difficulty levels.


Caesar’s Head State Park is located in northern Greenville County, only three miles from the North Carolina border and about 30 miles north of downtown Greenville.

The park is popular for hiking and camping. 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 – 3,200 feet above sea level – is a temporary home to thousands of hawks migrating south for the winter.

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 mountain forest.

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.

Abe Hardesty