Tamassee Knob Oconee State Park, SC
DURATION 2 hours
There And
Back Again
Tamassee Knob

Another great example of a hike perfect for winter months, Tamassee Knob offers views through the trees on both sides of a knife-edge ridge, culminating with an excellent view to the north. Beginning in South Carolina's Oconee State Park, the knob lies just outside the park's boundary in Sumter National Forest.

Begin the hike at the Foothills Trail western terminus parking lot. Follow the paved path across the road to begin the hike. The first half-mile of this trail is easy and well maintained as you follow along black, yellow, and white blazes.

At half a mile, the trail crosses the Palmetto Trail and shortly afterward splits. Stay to the right, following the sign for Tamassee Knob. To the left continues the Foothills Trail and the path to Hidden Falls. From here the the trail becomes more wild and overgrown, with multiple branches blocking the path and several side trails to get around larger obstructions.

At a little over a mile in, the trail becomes very narrow with steep drop offs on both sides giving you winter views through the trees. You'll drop 350 feet before climbing back up to the knob where you'll find an excellent open view to the north. Although not very high, the steep drops on both sides of Tamassee Knob give you long range views of the much flatter areas surrounding it.

On the way back there's an intersection you likely didn't even notice on the way out with another trail heading back from the Tamassee Knob trail. Several posts point the way but the first one points to the right where there is no trail. It means turn right at the upcoming split. The entire trail is blazed black with diamond signs after the Foothills Trail split. There are a few red blazes but the black ones are much more consistent.

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Elevation Map Length (miles) by Elevation (feet)
Slope Breakdown
Elevation Gain
Elevation Range
Grade Range
Elevation Gain
0 - 250 ft/mi
~ 0 - 5 %
0.8 mi
88 ft
250 - 500 ft/mi
~ 5 - 10 %
0.6 mi
226 ft
500 - 750 ft/mi
~ 10 - 15 %
0.3 mi
181 ft
750 - 1000 ft/mi
~ 15 - 20 %
0.3 mi
265 ft
1000+ ft/mi
~ 20+ %
0.2 mi
204 ft
For out-and-back hikes, elevation loss is the same as the gain.
Terrain Map Click to control map
length4.1 miles
difficulty6.4 Easy-Medium
duration2 hours
features Dog Friendly  Summit  Views 
trail typeThere And Back Again
elevation gain940 ft.
park/forestOconee State Park
visitor infoPark Office / Visitor Center
624 State Park Road
Mountain Rest, SC 29664
hours7am - 7pm (Sun - Thurs)
7am -9pm (Fri - Sat, Daily during Daylight Savings Time)
9am - 5pm (Park Office / Visitor Center)
parking fee$5/Day, Annual Passes Available
trailhead coordinates 34.863228, -83.098235 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°51.79, W 83°5.89 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 34°51'48'', N 34°51'48'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
Trailhead Directions
34.863228, -83.098235 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°51.79, W 83°5.89 most GPS units use this one
N 34°51'48'', N 34°51'48'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
Google Map It
After passing the pay station, the road splits around the park office with access on both sides. Follow the sign to the right for the Foothills Trail, then stay straight. The parking lot will be on the right.
Parking Capacity
17 parking spots including 1 handicap spot.
Stop by the park office for free maps and information. Drinks, snacks, and merch are also available.
The trail needs a little maintenance as there are several fallen trees and low hanging branches, though nothing too difficult to get around. In a few cases, side trails travel around large obstructions.
The last half of the trail is very narrow with steep drop offs.
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5 (1)
hikethesouth-5 years ago
Perfect Winter Hike
Great views in winter. No spider webs. What more can you ask for? Ok, maybe a little more maintenance, but still an excellent hike.
Easy-Medium | Hiked Winter 2018
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