Discover Nature Program Table Rock State Park

Table Rock State Park is named for the towering mountain that has stood as an iconic landmark for centuries. Within this special forested watershed exists a diversity of plant and animal life, cold-water streams, mountain geology and historic resources.  We invite you and your students to visit our park and participate in an educational experience to increase your knowledge and appreciation of these special treasures. This hands-on learning approach can take place along a forest trail or within a mountain creek. The park’s 3,083 acres offers over 12 miles of hiking trails, two recreational lakes, four picnic shelters, three camping areas, 14 rental cabins and a historic lodge.

Contact Details

Scott Stegenga, Interpretive Ranger
(864) 878-9813

Field Trips

Mountain Stream Ecology - 5th grade

Online Field Trips START HERE:

Forest Ecology - 5th grade

Online Field Trips START HERE:


Online field trips are no charge.  On-site field trips are:

  • 1-25 students $40
  • 26-40 students $80
  • 41-60 students $120

How to Book

Call or email Scott Stegenga, Table Rock’s Interpretive Ranger.  Reservations can be made starting August 1 for the upcoming school year.


One chaperone is requested per 10 students.

Chaperone expectations

Directions to Field Trip Location

From SC Highway 11,  turn onto West Gate Road, and follow it until you come to the park entrance.  Pass through the open gate and stay on the main road until you come to the day use parking area near the lake.  A ranger will meet you there.  Caution: Do not enter through the East Gate as the road curves are too sharp for some buses.

Facilities Available

Facilities include: an indoor classroom, nature center, picnic area, two picnic shelters and restrooms.  We do not have food available for purchase but there are water fountains accessible.

What to Wear

Dress for the weather and wear closed-toe shoes.  Extra socks are recommended for the Mountain Stream Ecology program.  Name tags are optional.


Bring a first-aid kit.