The are so many things to do at and around Caesars Head State Park! Caesars Head itself could be a quick stop for a picnic and a view, or a day long hike. October is my favorite time of year to visit due to the changing leaves. We recently made one of our pit stops there, and it made me want to go back for a longer hike. We have hiked the nearby Raven Cliff Falls trail – Dismal Trail portion (with a toddler on my back) – it was strenuous but worth it! I loved it, but didn’t have the time this round. We went at sunset, which I hadn’t done, and the views were beautiful. Time stood still as we just soaked in the view.
When the fog is clear, one of the first things you see from the main lookout is Table Rock.
There is a fun gap (aka “Devils Kitchen”) in the stone with a steep stairway leading down to cut through to another overlook. There is also another route to the lookout that is not so difficult for little legs if needed.
The other lookout gives you a side view of the reason for the name… “Caesars Head” (see the profile of the face?)
The gift store at the main parking area is actually where my crew was introduced to the penny souvenir books, years ago. You know those “smoosh a penny” machines you see at many of the tourist stops? I discovered the neat little books that hold those at this gift store, which makes souvenirs easy and cheap!
A lot of our park visits nowadays are short one-day stops. The thought process is we are visiting to get familiar with the parks, and plan bigger and longer trips later. I keep saying “we will come back to this one again”, but definitely would love to do some camping here later and do a longer hike. There are a number of trails to choose from of varying length (trail maps are in the available in the park office).
- Bill Kimball #5 (2.1 miles)
- Coldspring Branch #3 (2.6 miles)
- Coldspring Connector #7 (0.5 mile)
- Dismal #12 (1.5 miles)
- Falls Creek #31 (1.7 miles)
- Frank Coggins #15 (1.9 miles)
- John Sloan #21 (0.9 mile)
- Naturaland Trust #14 (5.8 miles)
- Pinnacle Pass #20 (10 miles)
- Raven Cliff Falls (2 miles)
- Rim of the Gap #6 (4.3 miles)
- Tom Miller #2 (0.7 mile)
Whether a short stop, or longer visit… it is worth a trip to see the view!