Guignard Clay Quarry Loop Trail

MODERATE 48 reviews

Guignard Clay Quarry Loop Trail is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near West Columbia, South Carolina that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.5 miles
16 feet

dogs on leash


trail running






old growth

over grown

Loop trail through the wetlands in the Congaree Creek Heritage Preserve.

trail running
24 days ago

First trail run in South Carolina, I enjoyed the winding trail and at times varying terrain. The only "difficult" part in my opinion was the plethora of tree roots in one section. I say that only because I needed to slow down so I wouldn't plant the wrong foot. If you have bad ankles I would not suggest running here without ankle braces. Otherwise a fun little meditative trail.

1 month ago

Fist time here & will be back very soon. Loved this trail! Very well marked & awesome environment.

2 months ago

old hand dug barrow pits make for an interesting landscape. A train would take the clay to the brick kiln ovens in Cayce.

2 months ago

my son and I enjoyed this hike. great distance and not boring!

5 months ago

It was a nice kinda creepy walk narrow trails with water on each side of you. I felt like at any moment something was going to crawl from under the grassy water and I’d jump into the water on the other side of me. I enjoyed it I’ll be back

7 months ago

Nice hike. Easy walking but feet got wet in a few places due to rain earlier in the week. Would do again.

8 months ago

loved It my dad picked it

9 months ago

the path was narrow but very enjoyable.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Exciting trail, my dogs loved it. Even spotted a huge aligator

Sunday, January 29, 2017

A little hidden gem, this is a nice trail if you're looking for a bit of an afternoon wetland getaway. Keep in mind, though, that much of it is impassable after a heavy rain.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

It was hard to find road access to the trail, but the trail itself was gorgeous. My dog and I had a great time, as we came across no other people, but several squirrels, deer, and possibly an alligator. The trail does get muddy and narrow at some points, and the trail markers are not always prominent. We had to do some occasional searching to get back on the path. Overall it was a nice little hike, perfect for a beginner or novice hiker looking for somewhere quiet to explore. It will probably become a regular spot for my dog and I.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

My favorite hike in the Columbia area. The Congaree Heritage Preserve land "is full of history in the,from Native Americans, to Civil War Battles, to being the place where the clay was dug ( at least owned and dug by the same company created them) , that created many of the bricks in the area, including those on the USC Horse Shoe. The terrain is gorgeous, but could be tough for some. Lovely "beach" area alongside the creek about halfway.

Saturday, July 02, 2016

I may try it again when it is cooler but today the bugs were excessive.
seemed like a neat place if I could have slowed down to enjoy the environment.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

My 4 star rating is due to proximity to town, unusual landscape and overall trail condition. A very nice relatively short day hike. I was here with the family in mid April 2016. Most of the flood damage from 2015 seems to have repaired. Some areas had heavy exposed roots that could result in unstable footing for some. The were no bug or snakes...yay! Regrettably we did not see any alligators .

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Watch where you walk and be prepared for having to be creative to avoid mud and puddles. Some parts can be challenging. The trail was well marked.

trail running
Wednesday, December 09, 2015

If you have been to the Congaree National Forest and enjoyed it, you will definitely enjoy this. I rated it a 5 because these sweet single track trails are only a hop and a skip away from the madness of downtown Columbia. The entire area are flood plains, and the ecosystem is vast. For runners out there, prepare for a technical run due to the abundance of roots along the trail. Also, don't forget the bug spray!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Great easy trail! If it has been raining in the area you will definitely need boots. Bug spray is a must! We will need to return in dryer weather because part of the loop was washed out.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

This was a decent hike. I wish I had read more about the history of the area before setting out. I would recommend this page another reviewer found... .

I did not see any alligators but there were parts of the trail where I expected they may be lurking. I did startle a deer in the area around the power lines.

Much of the trail is somewhat overgrown, but you can still find your way thanks to good trail markers. I had to crawl under a couple of blowdowns. Be careful if there has been a lot of rain as parts of the trail will be wet.

Lastly, take your bug spray!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

This trail is in the Congaree Creek Heritage Preserve. Lots of cool history and in the summer you will find alligators here. This is about as far inland as they go.

Try this one at night in the spring/early summer. The firefly display is unbelievable. You have to see it to believe it.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

It was a very interesting hike for us and my four sons really enjoyed it. We even saw two alligators at two different spots sunning themselves! But with all the recent rain, the trail was extremely muddy and in many places, the trail was a creek itself. The trail markers were very helpful to keep us on track when we had to go around large areas of water that made the trail impassable. We also found raccoon and deer tracks in many places which was fun for my kids.

Friday, March 14, 2014

I love this trail. Easy to hike unless it has been raining a lot. Can be quite swampy. But very secluded and usually not crowded.

Sunday, March 02, 2014

We had an enjoyable walk on this trail. It is nice that places like this exist so close to downtown Columbia. We saw a heron, a large turtle, some ducks, and many blackbirds. A group that we met saw a "large" black snake. The trail was mostly dry, but there were a few wet spots.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Cool place with numerous ecosystems created by the Guignard clay quary from pre civil war era. This web site explains some of the history:
and here is another trail map

Friday, December 14, 2012

Cool place with numerous ecosystems created by the Guignard clay quary from pre civil war era. This web site explains some of the history:

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