Wednesday, August 20, 2008

A Visit to Caesar's Head

I have posted before about the part of the Southern Blue Ridge Escarpment where the mountains meet the piedmont in Upstate South Carolina. Just a few miles across the North Carolina border into South Carolina is Caesar's Head State Park which lies on the escarpment and offers some wonderful views. The park is very popular, with a visitor's center (complete with a model of the escarpment), shelters and picnic areas. Nearby trails offer strenuous hiking into the gorges.

The park is situated on land covered with huge rock formations.

This is taken from the trail leading to an area in which Caesar's Head (the rock formation) can be viewed.

Here you can view the near and the distant mountains. It was a lovely day with fluffy white clouds and blue skies.
Before you can reach the viewing area, you must travel through the Devil's Kitchen. There are stairs leading down and the path winds through the narrow area between the giant rocks.

Once you make it through the Devil's Kitchen and hike a short distance, the rock formation known as Caesar's Head comes into view. Can you see Caesar's Head? Remember he is said to have had a rather large nose.

Here the formation is in the center of the photograph.
This is a close-up of Caesar's Head.
This area is absolutely gorgeous in all seasons. The short-range mountains, coupled with the distant mountains make the fall colors absolutely outstanding. I'll take another trip to Caesar's Head when the leaves are changing. I can't wait to show you.


Frantic Home Cook said...

Reading your blog is like a vacation until the day our family can move to the Smokies.

Twisted Fencepost said...

Beautiful pictures. I live in SC. I'll have to find my way there sometime.

Shelley said...

What beautiful views you captured!!

Cicero Sings said...

Hmmm ... D has a nephew living in N.C. (Charlotte) ... maybe we should pay them a visit!!! (Just joking) Such a lovely explore ... I'd love to have been there too!

Jayne said...

Now that's a shnoz! I'm sure it's beautiful there in the height of fall color.

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KGMom said...

The vistas are lovely--but I do have to laugh at the nomenclature of "Caesar's Head." Poor Caesar (whichever one? I assume Julius) to be so disrespected!

The Birdlady said...

Beautiful photos - I'd like to be on top, but not too anxious for the "strenuous hiking."

Ruth said...

I like your pictures. This looks like a very interesting place for a hike.

Anonymous said...

What beautiful vistas and rock formations. Thank you for these great photos.