The website for Table Rock State Park is http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/park-finder/state-park/350.aspx.
Table Rock State Park was developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a New Deal Program created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The program was designed to provide employment during the Great Depression while addressing national needs in conservation and recreation.
The CCC was instrumental in the development of many of South Carolina?s state parks. A number of buildings built by the CCC in the 1930's are still in use at this park.
The park is listed on the National Historic Register.
In 1935, 2,860 acres were donated by Pickens County and the City of Greeville. In 1975 to 1976, 208 acres were purchased from various owners. In 1991, 15 acres were donated by Elizabeth Ellison.
Table Rock SP is the origin of the trailhead for the 80-mile long Foothills Trail through the wilderness along the Blue Ridge Escarpment. Trails through the forested park also include one that leads to the top of Table Rock Mountain itself.
The Park consists of oak/hickory forest with mixed pine/hardwoods. On the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Table Rock SP has mountainous terrain with cliffs, outcroppings. Streams and springs are abundant. There are two man-made lakes on the site.
Peregrine Falcons were reintroduced to the area and have nested each season since 1989. They have been observed all seasons. Brown-headed Nuthatches are known to nest and have been observed year-round.
The Park has over 175 species of recorded species. Over 60 species of breeding birds have been confirmed.
Hiking trails are heavily used causing extensive soil erosion. Overuse could lead to wildlife disturbance and habitat damage.
Trail maintenance to control, repair or prevent erosion's effects is done at least biannually. Consideration exists to possibly reroute some sections of trails.
Table Rock State Park is owned by the state of South Carolina.
Table Rock SP is primarily mixed pine/ harwood forest (oak/hickory) with areas of abundant rhododendron and mountain laurel. The geology is granitic type (gneiss) with extensive outcroppings/cliffs at the nesting sites for the Peregrine Falcons. The elevation for the nests is between 1800 and 2800 feet. Soils are acidic, shallow to rocky and outcrops. The climate is humid with breeding season temperatures from lows in the 50's to highs in the 80-90's. There are numerous seepages and springs, streams and two man-made lakes.
The endangered green salamander(Aneides aeneus) is seen regulary in specific, limited habitats. The threatened species, wild monkshood (Anonitum unlinatum), only one location known in the park, and Dutchman's pipe (aristolochia macrophylla) are found at Table Rock SP.
Table Rock SP is primarily set aside for conservation and secondarily for recreation/tourism.