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Caesars Head

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>Park Hours are 9am to 6pm. Trails will close at 5pm.

Caesars Head State Park does not take reservations for day-use parking.  All of our parking is first-come first-serve. There is NO roadside parking at Caesars Head State Park 

Trails Close at 5:00 PM daily. All hikers must be off trails at this time. 

Hike-in Trailside campsites are available by reservation only. There is NO car-camping or RV camping at this park.

Trail Closure:

Cold temperatures and ice have forced the seasonal closure of the yellow-blazed, western section of the Rim of the Gap Trail (between junction with trails 15-Frank Coggins, and 21-John Sloan). This section of trail will remain closed until spring temperatures are consistently warm enough for the ice to melt and the trail to become safely passable. If you have any questions, please contact the park directly.

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9 a.m.- 9 p.m., daily during daylight saving time. 9am-6pm, daily, the remainder of the year. Trails close one hour before dark, year round.


10 a.m.- 5 p.m. M-Th, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. F- Sun.

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Trail access cost: $3 adults; $1.50 SC seniors; $1 children age 6-15; age 5 & younger free

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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.

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Caesars Head State Park


Things To Do

Learn more about Hawk Watch at Caesars Head.

  • Fishing Information: Enjoy fishing in the Middle Saluda River, Matthews and Julian creeks for brook, rainbow and brown trout. A valid South Carolina fishing license is required. Artifical lures/flies only.

  • Fishing: Yes
  • Wireless Internet Access: Complimentary wifi is available for park guests at the Visitor Center.

  • Picnic Area and Shelters: Picnic tables are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

  • Park Store/Gift Shop: The park store, located within the Visitor Center, includes a variety of gift and souvenir items that include tshirts, mugs, caps, rocks, jewelry, snacks and other items.

  • Bird Watching: Fall hawk migration can be viewed at the main overlook from Sept.1-Nov. 30 each year. Other great times for birdwatching include the spring songbird migration and International Migratory Bird Day. Spring birdwatching is incredible with 167 species of birds being viewed on the park checklist.

  • Geocaching: Geocaching is permitted. Several geocaches are located on the park. For more information visit the official geocaching website.

  • Birding: Yes
  • Hiking Trails: A network of easy to strenuous hiking trails in the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area links Caesars Head and Jones Gap state parks. Registering with the park before using these trails is mandatory.
    The trails close one hour before dark, year round.

    Detailed trail maps are available for sale at the park headquarters. The trails area as follows:

    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 (1.9 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)

  • Hiking: Yes


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