Diamondback Rattlesnake Trail is a 2.6 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near St Helena, SC that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, birding, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This trail is accessible from the Nature Center Scenic Trail and the Park Visitor Center. It is for experienced walkers and mountain bikes only. It is a moderately strenuous trail and has some difficult spots
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i completed the entire trail as well as the rest of the trails in the park. specifically diamondback rattlesnake had a few decent inclines and declines. definately glad i had a long stick there were huge spiderwebs all over. the entire trail you feel like your in the deep woods. very narrow trail and very lightly trafficked. you can tell not many people use this trail as loose leaves cover most of it. definately got me to break a sweat and was a good outing. a little short but still worth it for a quick workout. i wouldnt call it hard by any means if you frequently hike but if your a beginner it can be a little rough. and the bugs!!!!!! oh man the bugs bring bug spray they are insatiable.
I didnt complete the whole trail but the parts that weren't underwater were very strenuous with hills and roots this trail is best during the dry season.
This is a fairly strenuous hike across Hunting Island. The forest is gorgeous. You can expect to see plenty of wildlife. I saw some deer, woodpeckers, possibly a pig, and A LOT of spiders!
For the most part, the trail is well marked, however I got a little confused about halfway in after crossing another trail. What I believed to be the trail ran right into a heavy blowdown area. I just followed my gut through there and eventually found the trail. I can only advise that you do the same and trust the trail is where you would expect.