Explore the most popular mountain biking trails in Francis Marion National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

mountain biking
22 days ago

Biked this trail last weekend. Awesome views, loved the trail. Very rooted in sections. Would hike next time

We just went on a brisk 1.5 mile walk with our dog post Hurricane Flo. Nice breeze. Not a very busy trail. The Awendaw Path was definitely less traveled as the green got much thicker the further we went. Lots of swamp areas. Look out for the large female banana spiders! Overall an easy straight in and back trail.

Beautiful sights. Rained the night before, so the ground was very wet. Great hike!

This was my first hike on July 10th 2018 and this was great. The trail was well maintained and the scenery was beautiful.

wind comes strong off the lake. would probably cool you off in the summer, but bites in the winter

Very nice, clear trail. Some makeshift boardwalks in the really muddy places, very flat and completely wooded. You do cross several major highways as well. I love this trail, and will definitely use it again.

Not maintained, uncut grass, briars and too many mosquitos. No visible trail markers. Many branches of trails and no way clear way to navigate. Abandoned home and camper.

Bug spray didn’t deter the mosquitos from biting!

Hiking in the winter may be better.

I just did part 1 and into part 2 so I hiked 22 miles it was easy and fun actually. Water was a bit dodgy just stagnate ponds but I didn’t go past the 11 mile mark then I camped and walked back out the next day.

We went with an 11 and 7 year old plus a dog. A great easy hike for the whole family.

Great trail. Muddy

Trail is very well maintained! For being right outside of Charleston, it’s perfect to get away for the day and go hiking. The trail is fairly easy to walk - some roots and soft marsh spots. Also, love that it’s dog friendly!! We took our two dogs and had a blast. There were quite a bit of people out walking with their dogs and riding bikes, so it gets some traffic on the weekends. Definitely a hidden gem!

I’d like to give this trail a 3.5. It was a great trail and a fun adventure but it was REALLY muddy. But we still had a great time! Our dogs did too!

7 months ago

Went in January. Good hike, and good views of the levees/water. Didn’t see too much interesting wildlife, but good surroundings. Definitely more of an Easy hike than Moderate, but some parts of the trail can get overgrown.

Great trail along the inter coastal water way. With several outlooks to the water along the way. We had children starting at 5 and adults age 65 in our group that went and it was a perfect hike!

Nice hike.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

I've walked this trail a few times and love it. Great views and had a real adrenaline pumping moment when I walked up on some gators resting on the bank. Must be lightly used. First hike no other people. Second hike saw 2 other people.

mountain biking
Friday, May 26, 2017

Like the previous review, very nice out and back. First time on the bikes for a while and longest on a trail to date. My wife and I rode from Buck Hall CG to the canoe launch and back. Some tough spots but we made it!

mountain biking
Friday, May 19, 2017

The beginning and end of this trail was easy. The mid trail was full of roots so it was more challenging than "easy". The path was scenic with great creek views and some elevation along the way. We rode during the dry season in May, so no mud. There would have been mud during wetter weather. You need mosquito spray, or to ride fast, or both. Thank you to the Boy Scouts and others who have improved this trail. It was a pleasure to enjoy your work. Very clean too. I recommend it if you are up for a bit of a rough ride!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

I think it is more medium than easy but I really liked it!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Definitely 3-4 miles if you include the trails around the impoundments which you obviously should because it's the best part. Unfortunately one of the dikes is out make it impassable.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Good loop with nice views of birds and other wildlife

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Nice area. Good easy trail.

not in the summer ;)

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

very flat, good for a run, but not a lot of variation in the scenery.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Walked this during a 100 mile section hike of the Palmetto Trail. After coming out of the swamp with the Swamp Fox Passage this was a welcome change. Take the extra spur trail and camp at the Sandy Beach Camp Site, best camping in the 100 miles we completed.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Started a section hike of the Palmetto Trail here. Trail is very flat and excellently maintained. They were doing a cross country race when we were there and they had even marked small obstructions in the trail with paint. If you like looking at salt water marshes this is the trail for you.

scenic driving
Thursday, August 18, 2016

A nice drive

Saturday, July 02, 2016

It was great! A little buggy but expected for July after a rain. Loved the canopy of trees,wasn't too hot. Will do it again in the fall! So peaceful and lots to look at.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Beautiful forest area that opens up to the marsh, easy loops and wide paths to follow. Saw some great wildlife. Loved it.

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