Caw Caw Trail is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Ravenel, South Carolina that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 3.1 miles Elevation Gain: 16 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

running

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

historic site

no dogs

Restrooms, small store and park office.

hiking
fee
4 days ago

this has a small fee of $2.00. and the trail and scenery was fantastic. Just hearing nature and seeing the birds alligators and beautiful scenery was breathtaking. We went on a beautiful cloudy day but if its sunny make sure to take some water. we completed 3 hikes and still haven't seen everything so we will definitely be back.

hiking
4 days ago

One of our favorite Charleston hikes. Saw two gators while on the trail, kids loved it. Well maintained and very educational.

hiking
fee
5 days ago

Great place, and the Habitat Loop is an easy trail that takes you through several mini eco-regions (cypress swamps, maritime forests, etc.). Feels secluded although it was only a 25 minute drive for us out of downtown Charleston. Go early as the rice field areas have limited shade and it can get HOT. Definitely bring some water! The terrain is mostly quite easy, but the maritime forest section gets narrow and has lots of roots that could be difficult for older or very young folks. We went about 48 hours after intense rain events and there was hardly any muddy areas Beating the crowds will allow for some good birding (saw countless woodpeckers, loons, and several others). We saw 9 gators (lots of small babies!) and a snake (couldn’t identify the species). Beautiful scenery, ample wildlife, mostly easy terrain, and close to downtown Charleston makes this trail a must-do in the area. PSA Trails are back open now during Covid (bathrooms at the parking are open) and there’s ample room to remain socially distant, except for one boardwalk where they’ve requested that foot traffic only move in one direction.

recorded Caw Caw Trail

hiking
flooded
2 months ago

Trail was good and walkable. It was wet a little due to rain a couple days ago.

hiking
fee
4 months ago

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muddy
4 months ago

Super nice. Well taken care of and very clean lots of wildlife. Muddy through swamp areas.

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fee
flooded
no shade
4 months ago

from what we hiked, the trail was fantastic, traversing diverse landscapes. the trails were wide , clear, easy to follow, and kept up near perfectly.. We hiked the swamp boardwalk, swamp sanctuary trail, rice fields trail, and part of the brackish marsh trail. Great shortened loop with plenty to see.

hiking
5 months ago

This place is beautiful! I highly recommend checking it out. Keep an eye out for gators crossing the trail though.

6 months ago

Went here on a field trip with my son. Pretty cool little spot. No pets allowed. Alligators will be visible in the river but the coolest trail is the swamp trail which has a long boardwalk and neat looking trees. My guess is there would be a lot of mosquitoes in the summertime so prepare for that.

hiking
6 months ago

This is always a great walk.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice set of trails close to Charleston, tons of wading birds and good plant diversity. can get real hot around the rice fields, bring lots of water.

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muddy
9 months ago

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bugs
muddy
10 months ago

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washed out
11 months ago

hiking
Sat May 18 2019

Very well maintained. Several different eco systems. Saw a big gator going through the rice fields. Enjoyed the hike !

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bugs
Tue Apr 02 2019

This is great place to take photos of eagles , birds, and alligators.

hiking
Sat Mar 09 2019

Easy trail, lots of wildlife out.

hiking
muddy
Fri Feb 22 2019

This is a unique trail. It was really impassable because of the all the mud. They close and lock the gate at 5 pm, so be aware of when you plan your visit.

hiking
Wed Feb 20 2019

Great family friendly trail. Lots of wildlife- mostly birds as it was a cold and windy day.

walking
Fri Nov 16 2018

Nice, easy trail through a couple different environments (swamp, highland forest, rice fields).

Mon Nov 05 2018

Beautiful trail anytime of the year. My son and I love this place. Very quite and peaceful. Birds and alligators galore.

Sat Sep 01 2018

The trails are all level. The views are amazing as you walk through the swamp, the tidal marshes, and the forest! Easy hike!

Wed Aug 22 2018

Very enjoyable walk. Some parts of the trail have new boardwalks. We could not go through the hardwood as the trail was under water today. We saw a blue herring, a snake, baby alligator, and a couple of other birds.

walking
Sun Aug 12 2018

Worth a trip! Had a really good time with my husband and our two boys (9 & 7). Bring water and bug spray! Baby alligators (it’s August right now), herons, orb spiders & found some crab claws and raccoon tracks. Will go back

Sun May 13 2018

Lots of variety. One of the better trails in the area. Several connecting trails for different inner and outer loop options.

nature trips
Sun Apr 29 2018

In addition to the periphery trail shown on the All Trails map, there are several interior trails at the park. They’re all level, easy hikes. I found the Swamp Sanctuary trail particularly scenic with its birds, butterflies, and alligators. Purple irises abound. Sound fills the air. And if you come at the right time, there is little to no problem with bugs. I certainly didn’t have to deal with mosquitos and the like. The park is definitely worth the small $2/person entry fee. I’ll definitely visit again when I go back to Charleston.

hiking
Tue Apr 17 2018

I love walking here so much diversity and its the nicest flat hike in the state. Great way to get someone started hiking to bring them here.

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