"C" is for Caesars Head State Park

Jul 22, 2020

Credit SC Public Radio

"C" is for Caesars Head State Park. Located in Greenville County near to the border with North Carolina, Caesars Head State Park was established in 1979. In 1996 the park became part of the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area, which was also includes Jones Gap State Park and Wildcat Wayside. Formed more than 409 million years ago, Caesars Head rises 3,266 feet above sea level on the southern edge of the Blue Ridge Escarpment. It is a granite gneiss formation protruding from the valley as a prominent monadnock. The Blue Ridge region receives the greatest precipitation in South Carolina, and the rainfall at Caesars Head averages seventy-nine inches annually. The 7,467-acre state park once belonged to the Cherokees but was ceded to the state in 1816. The biodiversity of Caesars Head State Park is represented by more than 500 species of plants and 159 species of birds.