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Caesar’s Head State Park, located in Greenville County, provides gorgeous views of the Blue Ridge Escarpment (PDF). It features campgrounds and hiking trails, and it’s also just a hop, skip, and jump away from Jones Gap Falls, Symmes Chapel (Pretty Place), and Table Rock State Park, as seen in the distance in many of the below photos taken from Caesar’s Head.

Caesars Head State Park

Jeff Hammond of Greenville, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Caesar’s Head was established as a state park in 1979 and became part of the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area in 1996. Its most famous spot can be found at its southern edge, where a large, isolated granite rock protrudes over an expansive valley. The giant rock formed approximately 409 million years ago and stands 3,266 feet above sea level.

Caesar's Head State Park

Lynne Jenkins of Starr, 2016 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The land originally belonged to the Cherokee Indians, but it was relinquished to the state in 1816. In the mid-1800s, Colonel Benjamin Hagood purchased 500 acres and built a hotel here. A highway was constructed out to Caesar’s Head, and a small summertime community sprang up around the hotel.

Caesar's Head State Park

Lynne Jenkins of Starr, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Though it burned down during the Civil War, the community and history continue to live on. Read more about the history of the Caesar’s Head Hotel.

Caesar's Head State Park

Lynne Jenkins of Starr, 2009 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Of course, getting to Caesar’s Head State Park is half the fun. United States Highway 276, seen below, starts as a busy highway in Mauldin and becomes a scenic road winding through the mountains of South Carolina and eventually North Carolina, even passing through the latter state’s Pisgah National Forest. Follow this road to Casear’s Head for a visit to an incredible state park and then continue along the route for further mountain adventures.

Caesar's Head Greenville

David Waldrop of Pelzer, 2009 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

There are many legends as to how Caesar’s Head got its name, but these three are the most popular. One highlights a hunter and his dog, Caesar, the latter of whom fell from the cliff in pursuit of their prey. The distraught owner then named the cliff after his faithful dog. Another says Caesar is a crude adaptation of sachem, the Cherokee word for Indian chief.

Caesar's Head Waterfall

Eric A. Weber © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The final and perhaps simplest theory is that the rock resembles Julius Caesar’s profile. What do you think? Below is another spectacular panorama from the Caesar’s Head overlook.

Caesars Head

Blaine Owens of Greenville, 2017 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

More Pictures of Caesar’s Head

Caesers Head Park

Vicky Stroupe of Murrells Inlet, 2017 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Caesar's Head

Josh Jones of Greenville, 2008 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Caesars Head Highway

Charles Hardin of Taylors, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Caesar's Head State Park

Shawn Scott of Columbia, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Caeser's Head State Park Swinging Bridge

Dennis Kapanzh of Moorestown, NJ, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Caesar's Head State Park

Mark Elbrecht of Greenville, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Caesar's Head State Park

Mark Elbrecht of Greenville, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Caesar's Head State Park

Mark Elbrecht of Greenville, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Caesars Head Overlook

Natasha Hull of Easley, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Caesar's Head State Park

Jim Dollar of Indian Land, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Reflections on Caesar’s Head

Contributor Matthew Pautz shares about his above photo: “I have been coming up to the
area to hike and camp throughout my entire life, and I always felt a peace and calm in the area as the sun sets. I believe these images represent the true beauty and calmness of the South Carolina Upstate.”

Add your own reflections here.

Caesar’s Head Info

Address: 8155 Geer Highway, Cleveland, SC 29635
GPS Coordinates: 35.105984,-82.626073
Website: http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/caesarshead/

Caesar’s Head Map

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9 Comments about Caesar’s Head

Thomas Fetters says:
September 11th, 2018 at 12:27 pm

Do you know the location of the Carl Post Office which is where Mr. C. G. Drake had his home? The Drake Hotel was built there. He was associated with Saluda River Lumber Company in 1903 when they bought 20,000 acres of timberland. This was near “Fall Creek” with a 300-foot fall. They also were near “Headforemost Creek” with a “Strong Fall”. Carl Post office was 24 miles from downtown Greenville.

I am writing the history of the Carolina, Knoxville & Western, then the Greenville & Knoxville, then the other names down to Greenville & Northern which I rode to Marietta in 1969.

Tom Fetters

Chuck Ellis says:
March 28th, 2016 at 12:06 pm

I am a Tennessee hillbilly that has worked for the USAF for forty years and have lived where I needed to to do the job. We moved to the Seneca area in Jan 2016. I feel like I am at home again. Beautiful lakes and mountains. C. Ellis

Michelle Brooks says:
September 17th, 2015 at 6:04 pm

Awesome photo of Jeff Hammond of Caesar’s Head. Definitely a pretty view. http://www.michellebrooksphotography.com

Marlene Evatt Ansley says:
February 18th, 2015 at 7:00 pm

The most fun is driving Rt. 276 up to Caesar's Head!! 🙂

John Gillespie says:
October 16th, 2014 at 4:22 am

Nice places and good photographs. http://www.johngillespiephoto.com

Dee Lankford says:
October 11th, 2013 at 3:48 am

How long does it take to drive from Sevierville, TN to Pretty Place Chapel?

Chris Rogers says:
June 27th, 2013 at 11:29 am

I am a native of the Pee Dee area (Dillon, SC) but have lived in the Upstate for more than 20 years. Caesar’s Head and nearby Bald Rock are 2 of my favorite places to take my family for spectacular views of the western edge of SC, a place so rich in natural beauty and history! Thanks photographers for these outstanding pictures.

Katherine Eversole says:
May 16th, 2013 at 8:05 am

I am from Kentucky and moved to Myrtle Beach in October of 2012. So seeing these pictures of the mountains here makes me so happy. I love this state and miss the mountains from home. So I can have both in one place! That’s enough to put a smile on my face for awhile.

Terry Bowlin Tramell says:
April 20th, 2013 at 1:33 am

I love the pictures. I am from Greenville who finished High School in Greenville and grew up around the Furman area on Crestline Rd, so’ I was glad to see the beautiful pictures. Thank you TT

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