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hiking
1 day ago

Great trail...pretty views of the lake. I tracked at 7.2 miles....but may have started my tracker early.

hiking
2 days ago

From Oconee State Park the first mile and a half was extremely easy, after that was a little more up and down hill but still fairly easy. Beautiful waterfall at the end! Great place for a rest and picnic. Did this hike in about 2 hours.

hiking
3 days ago

I did this trail on a weekday in early October and it was perfect! I saw only a handful of people so it wasn’t crowded this day. The trail is mainly shaded for the entirety of your journey, although it was still nice and humid. It’s basically a constant incline, featuring lots of rock steps and some just gradual incline. So on the way back you’re at a constant decline which is a nice reward. It’s a pretty long trail but so worth the views. Halfway up the “out” portion of the trail you’ll get your first taste of the views and from there, there were about 3-4 more epic viewpoints. Take lots of water and at least a few decent snacks because the trail is essentially almost 7 miles long in total.

hiking
10 days ago

This is a tough one. Hardest one we've done so far. Bring lots water we ran out coming back down. The views at the end are amazing. There were only a couple of things I didn't care for and neither had to do with the trail. We started at 9:30 and this hike was really busy the whole time. Several people were playing loud music and being loud themselves. It took something away from the experience. I do feel a huge sense of accomplishment though, this one was tough.

beautiful!

hiking
14 days ago

Attempted this hike a couple of weeks ago, but there was a wasp's nest on the trail and we got stung! Will be returning to try again soon, with longer socks and quicker speed. Everything was fine until then. Trail was quiet and pleasant on a Thursday evening.

hiking
15 days ago

Easily the best hike I’ve done so far in S.C. Plenty challenging with a great payoff at the end.

Wear real hiking boots or hard soled shoes. You can actually drive down closer to the start of the real trail. The All Trails App has you starting in the neighborhood and walking half a mile up the trail start. Some parts might be tricky during high tide so be mindful.

hiking
19 days ago

It's been a few years since I hiked this trail, but its a great one. At roughly 700 ft of climbing per mile, it is a tough one but it doesn't take a marathon runner to do it. I did the trail in early September so it was real hot. Do take plenty of water and some food. The trail starts off moderately; then gets steep about 1/2 way up. There is a good overlook at the shelter but it only gets better. You hit a ridge line where you get views facing south that are incredible. After this the hike is not as steep as you hike towards the summit. Once you hit the summit it goes downhill a bit towards the view that overlooks the reservoir. The day I went it was kind of rainy so there was hardly anyone on the back side of the mountain. You can also do a bit of exploring on top of the summit. The backside is facing north and there are not any roads or sounds other than nature. It was really quite serene. I hope to get back and do this hike. I would put this hike in my top 5 in the NC, SC, Ga mountain trails along with Looking Glass Rock hike, Blood Mountain, and Grandfather mountain.

Great for a moderate hike and a pretty waterfall at the end. Camped there a few times and will continue to go back!

hiking
22 days ago

Great little hike. Didn’t take but 1.5 hours to get to the falls. Pack a swimsuit as it a beautiful place to swim if the weather is right. Great because it follows the trail. Trail can get slippery when wet. Saw two snakes so best to be on the lookout.

hiking
22 days ago

This was a Super Hike! We only hiked to the Panther Creek Falls, which was plenty!
7 miles round trip and we had no desire to go beyond the falls. It was a warm day and there were plenty of people and dogs! We had lunch and waded into the water. Delightful! The hike was pretty energetic with so many uphills, and downhills with tree roots for steps and boulders to slide down or climb up. We will definitely hike this trail again in October or November. There are many visitors to these falls and it was pretty busy on the Sunday we were there. Next time we’ll go during the week.

on Shipwreck Trail

hiking
26 days ago

It was well worth the millions of rocks we had to walk through. We recorded about 6.5 miles total maybe because we took the long way. I’d recommend coming back up past the shipwreck to just walk a regular path back which was probably around 3.3 miles.

Loved the solitude. Extremely rocky but brautiful. Ruined a boot and was saved by a cole haan shoe that I came across and salvaged the lace. Be wary of the tides

hiking
1 month ago

The hike was nice being right next to the creek the whole way, was soothing hearing the mini rapids. The falls was like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, well in a sense. :)

There are so many different ways to go. I definitely need to come back and explore further. :) Cool trail, though I would have rated it as hard instead of moderate. There is a steep uphill and flight of stairs if you find rattlesnake trail, totally off of the main trail. :) Coming back soon with more water. :)

1 month ago

This is by far the most difficult trail I’ve ever done. Going up is basically like 2-2.5 hours of stairmaster. There is a brief reprieve between mile 2.0 - 2.5 and after you reach the summit the last half mile is all downhill on the far side of the summit to the overlook. The hardest part for me was the half mile back to the summit when I started back down the trail from the overlook, probably just because I was so worn out from coming up. The whole trail out and back is 7.2 miles (3.6 each way). There is a lot of visible damage from recent storms, but overall a nice scenic journey. The halfway shelter is so-so, but there is a big boulder just past it that’s perfect for a rest and has A+ views. A little scrambling was required between mile 2.5 and the summit, but nothing tough. Steps have been cut/blasted into some of the steeper rock faces which makes it easy to scale those. The views from the overlook are truly some of the best I have ever seen and really gave me a new respect for the SC upstate area. There were some nice water features on the initial part of the trail also. My legs were complete jelly when I got back to the bottom and my extremities were starting to get swollen and stiff, but it was in the low 80’s and extremely humid. All in all I was glad I did it though, feels like a real accomplishment. I started at 8:30 am on a weekday and didn’t pass a single person all the way up, but did meet a few people on the way down. Seemed like there was minimal park staff around.

hiking
1 month ago

I took the drain pipe down to the shore and veered left heading to the shipwreck. It’s a long haul through often unstable rocks. I would not recommend this part of the hike for small children and dogs, nor would I recommend hiking this section alone unless you are an experienced hiker. It would be very easy to turn an ankle, and I had no phone/internet connection while I was at the shore. Once you reach the shipwreck, you have the option of scaling the cliff wall with hands and feet (dangerous and not recommended) or turning back to go the way you came in. Either option is unsavory if you are injured or exhausted. In the end, I’m glad I went. The wreck had some creepy factor to it which was fun, but I would not do it again by myself!

Very nice easy hike. the trail has great views of the lake. the trail turned out to be 6 miles according to my wife's fitbit. we seen a few mountain bikes but very considerate of the hikers and a couple people riding horses.

hiking
1 month ago

Had a good time. Started at the parking lot right where Paseo del Mar splits off from Palos Verdes Blvd. There are a couple of ways to go down the bluff but I ended up taking the Drain Pipe way. This trail is hard only in the sense that getting down and back up the bluff is a shuffle and the whole trail is on rocks. Would def recommend taller hiking shoes for ankle support and cushy socks.

hiking
1 month ago

awesome hike! lots of spots to camp. some difficulties but just take it slow and practice safety you will be fine. most of the trail is an easy walk. enjoy!

VERY strenuous. This hike is a very steep one and you will feel like you’re rock climbing more than hiking at times, especially as you near the end. You will definitely need the two liters of water per person that the state park recommends. I felt the work that the hike required was a bit much for the view at the end. The views were pretty, but I’ve hiked to better overlooks before. I wouldn’t recommend this as a casual hike, but it’s a good one for hiking enthusiasts.

backpacking
1 month ago

My second time here. Definitely worth the drive from Orlando.
What I like about this trail is that you are hiking along the water.

You definitely need to be in shape for this one! We kept going after the first waterfall which led to another waterfall. I thought it was a moderate hike but it was too much for my husband. I had 2 liters of water and he had 3, and we both ran out about a mile from the trailhead, making the last bit very difficult. I would recommend this trail in the cooler months; July was too hot and there were a lot of wasps

hiking
1 month ago

This was the hardest hike I’ve ever completed. I used to think that the Appalachian Approach Trail was hard. Oh, the bar has been raised. It took me an embarrassing amount of time to reach the 3 mile mark. Perhaps it’s time to increase plyometrics in my workouts.

Follow the advice of bringing plenty of water. Wear grippy shoes, as there are parts of the trail that require you to scramble up boulders. I did this hike in August and didn’t get a single tick on me, which was awesome, considering I forgot the bug spray. Some mosquitoes present but not surprising, given all of the water.

Speaking of which - there are many places to stop and admire the waterfalls that trickle, cascade, and rush down the mountain. If you love waterfalls, this one ticks a lot of boxes.

The geology is beautiful and interesting here too.

The views are gorgeous. I liked the one at Governors Rock the best, though wandering the overlook past the summit was rewarding in different ways.

The plant life at the summit overlook (and Gov’s Rock) is fascinating. I’ve never seen happier moss and lichen. I also spotted a lizard up there, which was odd to me. I didn’t expect to see one.

hiking
1 month ago

I will say I liked this trail, but there are some things that people should be aware of. 1. Wear hiking boots/shoes. There are lots of roots and wet spots, you'll want a little grip. 2. carry 2 bottles of water per person. If you do this during the summer you'll definitely want it, if not a 3rd. 3. I took my mom. She's not a hiker and It was a trail I had never been on before. This trail was very difficult for her. She didn't get all the way to the end as she was worn out. 4. The last part of the trail is harder and more steep, just be prepared for it. It also has downed grab fences because of trees in that area. It's a very pretty waterfall and a good workout. I will be going back and enjoying nature there again. Happy trails all.

Live very close to Panther Creek. I have done the trail at all times of the year. It is always beautiful.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! Watch out for rattlesnakes and bring at least 2L of water!

It's a little steep but well worth the clime.

This hike is amazing but it’s a tough one. We took some of our students from church. It’s tough and I would recommend not doing it if your out of shape. Do some small trails and build up. It whooped our tail but was amazing. It was raining so the view of terrible once we got up there but it was still decent. It’s strenuous but worth the trip if you can do it

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