Explore the most popular hiking trails in South Mountains State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Wonderful view and well kept trails

Beautiful waterfall and worth the hike up to see it! Gives your legs a hard workout.

Great hike. Waterfalls are beautiful.

Glorified Crowders Mountain.

Great hike with a few great mountain overlooks. Good elevation challenge in the first few miles and enjoyable length. The loop spans multiple trails in this order: Chesnut Knob, Sawtooth Trail, Upper CCC, Little River Trail, Raven Rock Trail, and River Trail. There were a lot of gnats though.

Park has this listed as strenuous, but found it to be a nice little loop. flat wide level trails, but yes there are 80-90 steps. Wooden steps with handrails and multiple platforms with benches to stop and enjoy the views. take the learning trail along the river for the views and wildlife instead of going straight out the road.

Went this morning a beautiful hike.

Great hike! Good mix of dirt trails, rocks and stairs with the most beautiful waterfalls!

Not too impressed with this trail. You get to the top and there's one small rock to stand at for the view. Something about the hike up that's just not enjoyable, either. With the exception of the waterfall hike, the hikes at Crowders Mtn blow the South Mtn hikes out of the water. You also don't get the rock formations here that Crowders has.

Girlfriend and I took two dogs. I wouldn’t consider this a hard hike. It’s a little steep at the beginning.

I took my 8 year daughter on this adventure. We had a great time and very minimal complaining from her. She was scared when we got to Hugo Rockslide, but the majestic view of the fall made up for it. We got a little winded in some places but overall very fun. We didn't take our dog, but plenty of areas for dogs to get some water and placed to dispose trash and dog poo. Parking area was nice and had a couple picnic areas throughout. I believe I spotted a couple grills, so next time we might grill out instead of bringing sandwiches.

This group of trails kicked my butt! I went up the stair side of High Falls Shoals Loop, then on to Upper Falls Trail, and came down Headquarters Trail. The waterfall and rock formations were really cool, and there were some decent mountain views along the rest of the trails. The ascents on the first half of the loop were insane, but at least it made for an easier second half on the way down.

Fun, relatively easy trail completed with a 4 & 7 year old walking and a 1 yr old in a carrier. Well maintained if a bit narrow at times. Would definitely do it again!

Great trail, lots beautiful views, family friendly

trail running
2 months ago


Great trail with multiple levels of waterfalls, well built stairs go up most of the way.

This hike is definitely a workout. The first 1-1.5 miles are pretty much a non-stop incline. After that it’s pretty much smooth sailing, with a few short inclines that sufficiently get your heart pumping. Took my dog and she loved it. It was definitely a workout for her too! We added an extra .4 miles to go to the Chestnut Knob overlook. The view itself is pretty good, but there’s not really anywhere to sit comfortably and no shade. And because we went on a fairly warm day, the sun was a little too much. Other than the overlook, there’s a few spots with some decent views, and places to sit and enjoy them. As other mentioned there are a ton of burnt trees, so a little dreary but nothing too bad. Overall I’m giving this hike a 4 because it’s a great workout, but it’s just short of a 5 because of the lackluster views.

I always ignore the trail and rock hop right up the river. one of my favorite places

great safe trail even in the rain

4 months ago

We did Chestnut Knob, followed by Sawtooth , Upper CCC , and Little River Trail. A total of about 7.9 miles with over 1,400 ft elevation. Great workout for the day!

Great challenging day hike.

This trail was hard, but rewarding, the steps going up to the top of the Mountains are very very steep. We done a Half Marathon Trail Race here January 6th, 2018. Great place beautiful Waterfall.

Loved this trail. Many things to see and take in. I cannot wait to plan more trips to the other trails around.

Great hike. We were the only ones on the trail all day. Some areas I would rate higher than a moderate trail. It should be noted that it is a 1.2 walk to get to trailhead and then 1.2 back out so it ends up being closer to 9 miles. Will do it again!

Great hike. Some of the waters along the falls and creek were still frozen which made it quite beautiful. Started at 9am and only saw a couple other hikers. Very quiet and peaceful.

5 months ago

If you're itching to come to South Mountains, but it recently rained a good bit, there aren't any significant water paths to hinder this hike, as are often experienced on other trails. I took this hike for that reason, plus my knee was giving me trouble (so I didn't feel like I was up to doing the other trails). There's a good view at about 0.5 miles in.

Great work out, lack luster views.

Heavy traffic. Well defined traik

Great trail! Everything is currently frozen making for an amazing hike!

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