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Great hike when you only have a couple hours. Climbing to see the top is a must, the view is worth it.

great hike , although I almost melted in the heat

Great experience. Took us about 3 hours to go up and down. Fun and adventurous climbing though some rocky areas. The reward at the top is so worth it. Absolutely beautiful. Dog friendly and lots of friendly people

nature trips
22 days ago

beautiful. I am glad that I came here. I would like to add that you do have to pay $20 per adult and $10 per child to enter. It is worth it. if you are looking for a peaceful way to get away from people, don't go here. It is famous and there are tourists, bridal parties, and tours here. This doesn't take away from the beauty of it though.

The trails were well marked. The terrain is fairly constant up until the 9 mile then it begins to noticeably become steeper. There are plenty of streams around the trails. There was a very beautiful stream crossing between the 7th and 8th mile. There were several downed trees but none of them were difficult to get around. I applied some insect and tick repellent but still managed to pick up several ticks along the way, so stop periodically and check yourself. It took me over 9 hours to make the trip

Great main trail. More of an out and back, if you plan to stay on maintained trail. Great bird watching. Go out to White Point (less maintained) to see quiet beach full of little crabs. Saw a 3 ft shark there, too! Definitely wear bug spray.

I would rate this trail an overall moderate one. Nothing too difficult, beautiful views around the lake! It's a great trail for training or trail running. The only strenuous part I'd say is the foot traffic only portion of Brissy ridge. Overall decent hike, wish there more views.

A decent hike. Not the easiest between miles 10-11 with several downed trees; but for the most part well marked, great water sources. Also, reservations for over night camping are required.

I went on the part 1 of this passage on the palmetto trail (4 parts on this passage) camped and then walked back. Not a lot of water stagnant standing water but I brought enough with me. White tail deer, Turkeys lot of flowers big lob Lolly pine Forrest. Saw a lot of pitcher plants. Easy trail very fun and well maintained

Most of the trail is still closed from the hurricane, only about a quarter of it is accessible. The part that is open has some moderate inclines, really different than anything I’ve seen in SE Georgia and SE South Carolina. It will be cool to do the whole thing, if it ever reopens.

Not much to see, but a relaxing walk.

Completed a full 7.5 mile loop with a group of 5, varying in experience and fitness level. The only “view” was of the lake, no waterfalls or anything of the like. Still a beautiful hike. Overall a good experience, will do it again.

Fun scrambling trail near the city! Tons of lizards and birds on trail to keep you interested too! Great facilities at this park, would definitely go again!

mountain biking
2 months ago

Great mtb trail. Will definitely come back for more fun. I certainly wouldn’t consider it to be the hardest for cycling or hiking. Rigid or hardtail welcome on this single track.

We chose this trail as a conditioning trail and the following review is written from the point of view of a backpacker carrying a 30+ lb pack. Fee is now $5.00 per person and you pay at the toll booth, it was early when we arrived and no one was in the booth but they have envelopes to fill out, bring a pen. Started the trails at shelter 5 and 6. Looked like there was a nature walk for kids going on when we started with a Ranger (think this is pretty cool). We walked past them and started up the Sulpher Springs trail. Very shortly the trail came to the first lake we would encounter for the day. Saw a turtle and a lady fall (wear proper shoes guys, there is a lot of rocks and loose debris on the trail). Continuing up the trail we made our way to the waterfall at the dam and the rock tower. Really nice pictures here, the temperature was nice and cool. There are some rock steps that go up to the trail above you that will put you back on track. Once we scurried up those I was feeling good and doubting that this trail was ranked correctly at hard as nothing we had done so far was difficult but my curiosity was soon sated. The incline began and we started up, over rocks, through two streams (very easy crossings), back over rocks, up some more rock steps, leaned against a few trees, and continued on. When I finally came to the top I held up a tree for a good 15 min before the forest sounds finally drowned out the pounding of my heart. (I want to take a moment to mention this trail is very thin at points. Be careful with your four legged pals and children as you go up this section. There is a decent drop on the right side down into a ravine). After a quick break, afore mentioned, we took Fire Tower trail and made our way down this down and back trail. Once we arrived at the burned down fire tower we stopped, had a snack and a decent break. Saw a lizard that was too quick to get a picture of and not much else. Wandered our way back down the trail and picked up Kanuga. Not much here to see until you get to the lake. I do want to mention there are some back country camp sites around the lake. I didn't really venture into them all but there did appear to be enough room for two tents. There is a grated fire pit and a picnic table in the two we did see. As you wander around the lake take a look at the contrast of the evergreens and deciduous trees behind the lake. You are at a vantage point where you can see the difference in colors and it is awesome. The water was really clear as it hadn't rained in a few days but it didn't appear that big fish were not biting as everyone I spoke to only said they were catching a lot of little ones. As you continue over the dam and walk across the little foot bridge (grates) look left down the spillway. There is a lot of debris here and you can imagine the awesome power of water that moved those huge pieces of wood. Walking on around the lake I stumbled upon a couple of more lizards and spotted a duck box, recently put up it appeared, on the far end of the lake. Didn't seem to be much duck activity but maybe I wasn't looking hard enough. Next came Pipsissewa trail then Brissy Ridge. At the trail marker we stopped and had lunch and another breather then chose to do the easier side of Brissy Ridge as energy was beginning to fail a little. Down Brissy Ridge the trail opened up and I did get a couple decent pictures of the vista. These were the only ones I was able to get while on the trails. Down Brissy Ridge we went and were dumped into a parking lot. Saw a nice Subaru WRX (YOHB?) in the parking lot but thought for a minute we had lost the trail. If you feel the same way let me save you a little bit of worry, go diagonally left across the parking lot and you should pick up the Sulpher Springs trail. Wandered down to the next parking lot and kept on going. Down hill we continued, passing a tiny black snake and a bunny. Singing is how we finished the trail off as energy was waning and we needed to keep going. All in all the trail is good, I only gave it a 4 star due to the lack of vista views. I was surprised by the amount of people and would expect this area to be highly trafficked during summer. Take plenty of water. Wear the right shoes. Take snacks. Enjoy the hike.

Wow. I was excited about doing this loop, although a bit tentative regarding my ability to take on Rocktop. So glad I did though! I started at the Visitor Center, started on Crowders Trail, and took the Rocktop trail at the fork. My mind was blown when I saw the first rock field I had to climb through, it was a blast! I struggle with ascents due to being out of shape, but if I have to go uphill I’d rather do it by climbing rocks and scrambling to make it more interesting. I took frequent breaks to catch my breath and take pics, but had so much fun navigating the trail. There were plenty of great views along the way as well. I made sure to follow the marked trail (I’m a bit of a purist in that way) but be warned, following the trail as marked takes you along the most difficult path possible, requiring some serious bouldering in a couple places. There are numerous side trails along the way to circumvent many of the tough areas if needed, however. I found the trail to be well marked, though I found about half of the marks to be on rocks rather than trees.
This trail meets up with and follows the Tower Trail eventually, which takes you up a steep gravel road, coming up alongside the towers near the summit. It is not completely obvious where to go from there, especially if a truck is blocking most of the path as was the case today, but the trick is to just follow the side of the towers. The overlook is just past the towers. This is a great area, and there is plenty of room for scrambling and exploring past the overlook. I thought I saw some blue trail markers when exploring up there (beyond the tower/backside trails) but cannot find any mapped trails corresponding to this.
After hanging out at the top, I started back down on the Backside Trail. I didn’t particularly enjoy the stairs, but am glad I did them on the way down. Then I met up with the Crowders Trail and took that back around all the way to the Visitor’s Center. Admittedly after the Rocktop Trail and Overlook, Crowders Trail was nothing spectacular but was a nice walk in the woods. I found the day’s activities catching up with my legs in the last couple of miles and was worn out by the end. I have to say Rocktop has become my favorite trail here!

Beautiful, flat trail.

Lots of birds (and a gator) at Ibis and Starr ponds...

When you are on the trail, stay to the right for easy trails. Stay to the left if you want mountain biking trails.

Very quiet and peaceful area just outside of bustling Charleston, SC. This area is a protected wildlife management area and is controlled by S.C. Dept of Natural Resources. Trails are well marked and maintained. Other than the occasional whistle blow from a nearby train or the rumbling jets from an airplane (there's an airport about 15-20 miles away), this area is relaxing and easy to walk. To the lady who said "Would of given a 5 star rating if the boardwalk was open"....it's a protected area that allows the threatened wood stork a place to nest. These birds are highly sensitive to any human presence which is why the boardwalk is closed from Feb-Sept. They literally have a million signs at the beginning of the trail and at the entrance to the boardwalk stating this. Read them next time.

mountain biking
4 months ago

Great trails for mountain biking, maybe not so much for hiking. Tons of windy single-track makes this super fun to ride. There’s a pump track and a built up area called “the ridge” which is pretty fun. It’s mostly flat but the windy trail makes it more fun and challenging.

Excellent place to see the beauty of the Lowcountry

loved it, except for the dogs behind the fence. ☺

This park is a great alternative to crowders mtn, which can become very crowded on certain days. I’ve never done the whole loop but the portion that I do is one of my favorites in the area. I start out at the equestrian parking lot and pick up the trail from there. If you have dogs they will love this trail since it follows a creek for a couple miles before splitting away from it. Just be cautious of the snakes in the warmer months. I encountered 3 harmless black snakes but also 2 water moccasins in the time I spent on the hike (about 5 miles) so if your dogs have “choosey” listening skills and are as curious as mine are, it might be better to keep them on a leash in spring and summer. Other than that, the trail is really nice and the water is always cool in the summer which is something my furry buds appreciate.

This trail is really beautiful, definitely my new favorite spot in the low country. I would LOVE to see a clean up effort because there is quite a bit of debris and trash that is littering the shore line. Better trail markers would be helpful but overall, this trail is a treasure.

Very nice! The area around the lake was very pleasant. $5/person, many parking areas, well-marked trails.

Not bad but also not much to see. Kinda comes with the region down here, but don’t expect much more than a flat walk with a few interesting swampy cypress stands. As others have said, watch out for the dog behind a fence and a nearby interesting mid-1800s gravestone.

Trails are good. Saw some wildlife, but also ran across more than a little trash, from inconsiderate people.

walked all of the yellow Trail and part of the Blue Trail. Will definitely be going back to start with the blue Trail first. Once you get past the houses and that one dog :-) things get quiet as they can close to the city and it's a wonderful walk. Pretty sure you could bike this pretty easily as well.

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