Diamondback Rattlesnake Trail [CLOSED] is a 5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near St Helena, South Carolina that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, birding, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.0 miles
49 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



mountain biking

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This trail is accessible from the Nature Center Scenic Trail and the Park Visitor Center. It is for experienced walkers and mountain bikes only. It is a moderately strenuous trail and has some difficult spots

2 months ago

The trail just reopened since Hurricane Matthew. Compared to the other trails on Hunting Island this trail feels much more "back country". It has plenty of small hills and switchbacks. I'm training to section hike the AT and really felt this was a nice entry level hiking trail. My advice is bring plenty of water, and lots of bug spray.

6 months ago

Most of the trail is still closed from the hurricane, only about a quarter of it is accessible. The part that is open has some moderate inclines, really different than anything I’ve seen in SE Georgia and SE South Carolina. It will be cool to do the whole thing, if it ever reopens.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Quick and fun!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

i completed the entire trail as well as the rest of the trails in the park. specifically diamondback rattlesnake had a few decent inclines and declines. definately glad i had a long stick there were huge spiderwebs all over. the entire trail you feel like your in the deep woods. very narrow trail and very lightly trafficked. you can tell not many people use this trail as loose leaves cover most of it. definately got me to break a sweat and was a good outing. a little short but still worth it for a quick workout. i wouldnt call it hard by any means if you frequently hike but if your a beginner it can be a little rough. and the bugs!!!!!! oh man the bugs bring bug spray they are insatiable.

mountain biking
Sunday, November 22, 2015

I didnt complete the whole trail but the parts that weren't underwater were very strenuous with hills and roots this trail is best during the dry season.

Monday, July 20, 2015

This is a fairly strenuous hike across Hunting Island. The forest is gorgeous. You can expect to see plenty of wildlife. I saw some deer, woodpeckers, possibly a pig, and A LOT of spiders!

For the most part, the trail is well marked, however I got a little confused about halfway in after crossing another trail. What I believed to be the trail ran right into a heavy blowdown area. I just followed my gut through there and eventually found the trail. I can only advise that you do the same and trust the trail is where you would expect.

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Thursday, July 16, 2015