Table Rock State Park

Just a few yards past the main parking area you will be greeted by beautiful scenery and this breathtaking view of Carrick Creek Falls.

The park had cute little features scattered around, like this stone water fountain.

Stone steps lead up to the main trailhead.

Surrounded by natural beauty!

We started to the right to follow Carrick Creek Trail.

Some natural rock stairs help in the initial accent, but the pup was not impressed with my demands.

My little nature explorer.

Trails were marked with these helpful color coded lines.

We had to save Table Rock Trail for another day. We took the Carrick Creek Trail that loops around.

We have so much appreciation for the people that maintain these wonderful trails!

Jackson loves to dig. 😦

I loved hearing the stream by our side as we hiked.

Lightening had hit this tree and blocked part of our path.

I hope to start early one day and make it up to the top with the dog if his little legs can handle it.

Can I please live in this cabin? Pretty please?

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Paris Mountain State Park

Today Jackson and I hiked Paris Mountain State Park, a true beauty in the Upstate area!

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Jackson loves the woods almost as much as I do!

We took Brissy Ridge to Pipsissewa. It started out a bit rocky but quickly smoothed out. A few bikers were walking their bikes back towards the parking lot.

We loved all of the wonderful flower scents along the trail.

It was a nice easy stroll for the majority of the hike, but I still recommend that you pay attention to the difficulty ratings posted at the Brissy Trailhead when choosing your route.

Next we took a left on North Lake.

The water was crystal clear and so were the skies!

After our little stop by the lake we headed to Kanuga. Another hiker and his dog were enjoying the water below us as we continued on. I heard someone shout Boo! Which made my heart jump a bit, but I think the dog’s name was Boo. 🙂

From Kanuga we headed to Fire Tower, taking a winding route back towards our starting point.

From Fire Tower we headed down Sulphur Springs Trail. Jackson was pretty tired at this point, but it was just a perfect day for this perfect stroll down the most beautiful park in my own back yard.

Don’t forget to stop walking and look up, or you could miss this gorgeous view of the surrounding mountains.

Lots of blooms!

A bit of local history.