Looking for a great trail in Nine Times Preserve, South Carolina? AllTrails has 5 great hiking trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 3 moderate trails in Nine Times Preserve ranging from 4 to 7.8 miles and from 1,167 to 1,804 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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forest

There are no signs where to turn. You get lost easily. After 2 miles I didn’t see much to brag about. Very confusing trail

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rocky
18 days ago

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rocky
22 days ago

The trail is a little difficult, on the side of the mountain that goes up to the summit. As far as the rest of the trail, it is mostly fire Road. Depending on which way you go, you could have the steep part at the end, or at the beginning. I think I liked having it at the beginning. Be sure to bring plenty of water, if you’re doing it in the summer.

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over grown
1 month ago

Great short mileage trail for its location. Lots of elevation change over the whole lollipop loop, but the steepest section is at the beginning at the cedar mountain trailhead. If you keep going straight up at the first split, you can get to a nice rock overlook.

This is a fun trail that is lightly used. To access the hiking trail to the summit of Big Rock, park in the gravel parking lot of the Nine Times Preserve at the intersection of E Preston McDaniel Rd and Nine Times Rd. Cross the road where you'll find a gate. Follow the gravel road to a large field underneath some power lines. As you ascend up the hill, you'll find signs that point you to the trail. The view at the top is amazing!

very good lollipop trail for a good quick workout!

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rocky
2 months ago

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bugs
off trail
over grown
2 months ago

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blowdown
bugs
muddy
2 months ago

Nice little hike. First half is kind of boring; second half is much better following a little brook with a few nice bridges. Take a cobweb stick with you!

Not enough chel options but the view was great!

It’s a trail with trees and almost no creeks with a not so wonderful overlook view that really doesn’t give a good view of all the mountains. Halfway on the loop is when you walk on the side of the road and back to where there are sitting areas, creeks, and plants. I will say again to carry walking stick and carry a .357 magnum or .44 magnum S&W. On the loop right before you exit the gate to continue onto the path back up, found a panther track and bear track beside each other. Felt funny going in there.

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bugs
5 months ago

Short wooded trail along a creek.

Walked about a quarter mile on the trail and encountered a 6-7 foot rattlesnake. Tried to move it aside the trip with an stick and wouldn’t budge and gave off a stern warning by rattling its tail.

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blowdown
7 months ago

Easy walk down Nine Times Creek with a couple of blow downs to go around. Fairly good for Spring Wildflowers including Dimpled Trout Lily, White Sweet Violet and Southern Woolly Violet.

Only walked about a fourth of this trail since I was there to take Wildflower Photos. It did not disappoint! Wildflower highlights include Dimpled Trout Lily, Sweet White Violet, Trailing Arbutus, and Rue Anemone. Will include Pictures. Great for Wildflowers!

Nice training hike. Plenty of ups and downs. The first section is straight up but after that it’s not bad. Views are nice with a couple of small waterfalls.

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7 months ago

Not really much to this “trail”, just a very short walk beside a creek. The parking lot was more interesting.

Cool trail. First mile is literally straight up, but the view from the bald is awesome. Took about 2.5 hours with multiple stops to age felled trees and sight see. Definitely check it out if you have the time.

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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Walked the two trails on the morning of the 19Aug2018. I started at the Cedar Creek Trailhead, The trail was in decent shape but did need some maintenance. For the most part, the two trails were a good morning hike. You can tell that the trails don’t get much usage. It looked like that some maintenance was done in the early summer. This Preserve is a beautiful area and was well worth the effort in preserving. I really look forward to walking the other trails that are under construction.

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

What a nice quiet walk through the woods. Did not see a single person on a Friday morning (although I may have spotted a bear. Bring bear spray!). If you just want to go to the overlook, walk straight up the hill from the parking area on E Preston McDaniel Road and continue past the first information board. The overlook will be on your left. Don't count on the waterfall... it was just a trickle on a rock, and this isn't a dry season.

Beautiful woods and flowers/mushrooms, but not a great hike with the kids. It is challenging (3 big vertical sections if you do the whole thing), but our kids were fine with that. The main issue was that the trails desperately need some clearing (especially the Cedar Rock portion). You are definitely going to walk through lots of weedy portions, including poison ivy and poison oak and there are portions of the trail you really can’t get around it, so wear pants, high socks, and your boots.

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