Kingsnake Trail is a 7.4 mile out and back trail located near Hopkins, South Carolina that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from September until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
The Kingsnake Trail explores a remote part of Congaree National Park. The Kingsnake Trail explores a remote part of Congaree National Park. The trail offers excellent birdwatching, and hikers may spot deer, raccoons, opossums, and even bobcat tracks. Midway, the trail passes a large cypress-tupelo slough that seems to go on forever. On the other side of the trail, giant cherrybark oaks stand at near-record size. The trail is not a loop although it can be hiked out and back. The trail ends on oakridge trail which is still a two mile hike back to the visitor center.
Hiked trail mid July, 2016 prompted by the inclusion of the Kingsnake trail in Backpacker: National Parks Coast to Coast 100 Best Hikes book by Ted Alvarez. It is listed at 11.7 miles by nps which may include the connectors (e.g. Boardwalk loop trail, etc.) if starting at the visitor center. It is an out and back with a pit toilet at the turnaround.
The trail itself not well trafficked or maintained; not well marked. The large spider webs, some with multiple large spiders in them, crossed the trail, which required us to wave a pole in front of us nearly the entire way out to avoid being covered in webs. Happy it was an out and back so didn't have to do that on the way back (except when trail finding).
Scenery was gorgeous for the most part. Numerous birds, feral hogs, several snakes (1 rattlesnake). No problem with mosquitoes that day.
Overall, I would not do this hike again--at least in July because of the hundreds of spiders with webs blocking the trail. This trail could use some TLC.
Trail seemed to have seen better days and hasn't been very maintained in a long while since the hurricane. Very large fallen trees make it difficult to navigate. Found myself paused and searching for trail markers to get back on the trail. Almost impossible to get to Oakridge from Kingsnake unless you know the trail really well. Difficult for my dog with lots of thorn branches covering the trail.
Other than all the cons, still a beautiful trail and very out of the way of disturbances. Little to no elevation changes and lots of different angles views of the swamp.
Giant blue egrets (?), giant pileated woodpeckers, giant trees, not quite giant but pretty impressively sized hogs. Long flat trial, a little muddy.
I gave it three stars because of the obstacles that I had to either go around or go through to stay on the trail. I walked this trail in March when the leaves were off of the trees and I really don't see what the fuss is all about in this National Park. Everything looked the same for the most part--flat land, trees, water, muddy water, puddles, mud, etc. The park is supposedly known for it's wildlife but I didn't see anything the entire evening but two squirrels on this trail. I did see evidence of hogs on and beside the trail.
A more remote trail with wonderful trees and lots of wildlife. I unknowingly walked up to a very large wild boar before it fled from the underbrush.
A great trail in a less crowded part of the park. It is an out and back trail unless you want to hike all the way back to the ranger station. There is always lots of wildlife here! A fun hike any time of the year. The trail will occasionally flood so check the weather.
If you go in the warm weather, take mosquito repellent! Wild pigs are a little scary but they usually stay away from people.
Great trail, Mosquitos can be ruthless so keep that in mind! Some of the oldest and tallest trees in SC are located here. beautiful cypress trees and swamp land makes you feel in another world. great fishing as well if you can make a paddle trip out of it.