Palmetto Cove’s spring opening is just around the corner, and I’ve been meaning all winter to get my links built up.  As it happens, the last three photos in my pile are from the three state parks nearest the cove.  All top notch.  So this week, Caesar’s Head.

Caesars Head

Caesar's Head

Here’s a link to the park’s website: Caesar’s Head State Park

Admission is free, you just drive up 276 and park at the parking lot at the top.  The views on the way up and down are just lovely — not long mountain vistas, but rather peeks into the twists and turns of the mountain coves.  Note: the driver gets to look at the road — steep steep steep, and all tight turns all the time.

The ranger’s station is a good stop for planning your visit to the area.  (The ranger’s station at the Table Rock headquarters is also good, and both have gift shops and the beloved ice cream cooler.)  From the parking lot you can walk out to the Caesar’s head overlook — about a hundred yards or so of walking, and I’m sorry but I cannot remember just how accessible it is or is not.  Will report back next time I’m up there.

There is hiking for every ability level, either starting from the ranger’s station or from one of the other parking areas along 276 there at the mountain top.  Early spring is a good time for getting inland views, and for hiking some of the no-view peaks.  (Yes, the tragedy of hiking in one of the wettest corners of the continental US, is that sometimes even the very top of the mountain is covered in dense woods with wall-like undergrowth.)

Just saw this:  Caesar’s Head is part of the Discover Carolina educational program.  It is a field-trip program hosted by the parks and designed to coordinate with the state educational standards.  As it happens, Caesar’s Head is booked for the rest of this school year, but take note:  The hand-outs and trip outline are available for you to download from the website.

–> Which means that, say you have a child or grandchild coming along on your next trip to Palmetto Cove . . . you could print out the worksheets, and go take the field trip self-guided.

Here’s a link to the Mountain Bridge Wilderness field trip page.  Click on the various ‘activity’ links to get the handouts you want.

Enjoy.

PS: It is easier to spell ‘Caesar’ correctly if you pronounce it like a Latin instructor: Kay-zar.  Silently to yourself.  Ask a local for directions to “Kay-zar’s Head” and I haven’t any idea where you will end up, but probably not at the Ranger’s station on top of 276.

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