Little Gap Trail is a 2.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Prosperity, SC that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Dreher Island State Park spans three islands, 348 acres and provides access to 12 miles of Lake Murray shoreline. Visitors will find recreational water activities, nature trails and some of the best striped and large-mouth bass fishing spots, all only 30 miles from Columbia. It has long been a popu Starting from the kiosk on Red Maple Drive, the Little Gap Trail is the most strenuous of the three trails in the park. Following the trail markers on the trees, you will wander up and down through a thick forest of pines and hardwoods, which is home to a number of animals and birds. You may also be lucky enough to sight a bald eagle that nests in this area. Some interesting white rocks line the trail in spots as you make a loop at the end of the peninsula.
My husband and I took our two dogs to Little Gap Trail for the second time this fall. It is a nice hike, easy, with plenty of tree variety and views of beautiful Lake Murray. The only reason I can not give it a five-star rating is because the trail is not marked well. Although I imagine in the summer the trail is obvious, once the leaves have fallen, the trail is obscure in places. A few more trail markers on both sides of the trees would be a great investment. By the way, as you near the point, be sure to do the loop that goes around to the right. You'll pass the foundation and hearth of an old building, which was a fun surprise.
This was a very nice hike on Dreher Island State Park. It is not very strenuous at all and would be nice to take kids. The track takes you around the point of the island, providing some nice views of Lake Murray. It's not uncommon to see deer in the area.