River Trail

EASY 5 reviews
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River Trail is a 10.2 mile loop trail located near St Matthews, SC that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

10.2 miles 64 feet Loop

hiking

river

hiking
1 year ago

Very nice trail. Interesting scenery. We lost the trail when it hit the river but kept going along the river about 40 feet out and picked it back up before it turn back into the woods. The weather has been dry around Columbia this summer so the mosquitoes were not bad at all.

There isn't a map of this trail and the trail head is not located correctly - I uploaded my track, check it out!

hiking
1 year ago

My favorite trail in the park. The northern part of the loop was filled with raccoons searching for grub in the flooded parts of the forest (a particularly mystical stretch) and there were several families of feral pigs with little piglets in tow. There were also owls, squirrels, herons and what might have been a beaver. The whole forest was simply wild, with slightly overgrown patches. And to top it off, I never ran into a single person for the entirety of the trail. Highly recommend it.

hiking
2 years ago

Excellent back country stroll through the Congaree Swamp and along the Congaree River. After about a 5.5 mile hike from the visitors center, you can enjoy a relaxing break on a expansive sand bar at the river. The trail was devastated by flooding last year, but park rangers, contractors and volunteers have cleared and remarked the trail. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife along the trail; wild hogs have churned up swaths of soil along the trail. Snakes are to be expected and a ranger relayed to me sitings of alligator along the banks of the river.

2 years ago

Excellent back country stroll through the Congaree Swamp and along the Congaree River. After about a 5.5 mile hike from the visitors center, you can enjoy a relaxing break on a expansive sand bar at the river.

The trail was devastated by flooding last year, but park rangers, contractors and volunteers have cleared and remarked the trail.

Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife along the trail; wild hogs have churned up swaths of soil along the trail. Snakes are to be expected and a ranger relayed to me sitings of alligator along the banks of the river.

camping
3 years ago

Much tougher than the Weston Lake Trail as there is no board walk. Much wildlife to see on this trail be careful of the snakes...