River Trail is a 10 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Hopkins, SC that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
The trail leads to the Congaree River, the lifeblood of the national park's great natural diversity. Wildlife is abundant. Approximately ten times a year (mostly in winter), floodwaters from the river cover nearly 80% of the park. When the river is low, a large sandbar may be visible. Vegetation here is notably denser than that of the other trails in the park.
Best to go in the winter when you don't have to deal with the heat, humidity and bugs. But make sure you check the water levels in advance because that is when most of the flooding occurs.