Little Gap Trail is a 2.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Prosperity, 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.3 miles Elevation Gain: 157 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

views

wildlife

Starting from the kiosk on Red Maple Drive, the Little Gap Trail is the most strenuous of the three trails in the park. Following the trail markers on the trees, you will wander up and down through a thick forest of pines and hardwoods, which is home to a number of animals and birds. You may also be lucky enough to sight a bald eagle that nests in this area. Some interesting white rocks line the trail in spots as you make a loop at the end of the peninsula.

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rocky
3 days ago

18 days ago

beautiful hike with lots of shade and good views of the lake.

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rocky
24 days ago

Great trail minus getting attacked by south carolina's state bird, the mosquito. Beautiful views and entry points to the lake. Will come back again, but will be armed with bug spray.

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24 days ago

Beautiful trail that hugs the lake. Just an FYI, the map indicates a separate trail for out and in, but the loop is at the very end, with the same trail leading out and in.

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rocky
27 days ago

A great trail with nice views but very rocky and lots of bugs

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rocky
27 days ago

2 months ago

This is a nice trail around the lake, very kid and dog friendly. We went in March so the weather was cool and only one other family on the trail.

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3 months ago

Great trails with nice views of the lake! Not to strenuous but definitely got a little workout on some of the hills.

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4 months ago

Nice trail with some hills and lots of roots. Not strenuous if you are used to hiking. Winter views of the lake are nice. Cool old home site to the right at about .8 mile (if my memory is correct). Several benches along the way to rest or take in the views.

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rocky
5 months ago

Beautiful hike on a mild January day. This time of year you can fully see the lake on both sides of the trail including being able to go out on a peninsula which is normally under water during the lake’s peak season. A must hike for the winter. Beautiful absolutely beautiful. Thank you S.C. State Parks

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6 months ago

Very nice trail. Quiet easy path to follow with a few nice lookout points

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8 months ago

Nice easy trail with great views of lake Murray.

mountain biking
11 months ago

this trail is pretty strenuous for biking unless you are used to mountain bike trails. lot's of hills and some rocky sections.

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11 months ago

Went on a freakishly warm day in January. It was a beautiful sunny day to be outside after being stuck in the house throughout the holidays. The trail is easy for an active person and enjoyable with Lake Murray around it.

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Thu Mar 28 2019

Great day trip if you live nearby. I look my 3 year old and he did great. There are a fair amount of roots so unfortunately I wouldn't consider this trail stroller friendly.

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Sat Mar 23 2019

Very easy trail with not a lot of spectacular sights but it was very well maintained, marked and was a good short hiking trail if you live in the area. I wouldn't drive a long ways to hike this one but if you live within 30 miles it's a good choice.

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Wed Mar 20 2019

The best of the trails here at Dreher Island, some nice views along this trail. A visit to the old Billy Dreher house remains is also interesting, with the old chimney and some of the foundation still in tact. A few benches to sit down to rest your bones if you want. Will take about an hour for most people to do the loop and you can return via the power line right of way or trackback right around the Billy Dreher house. Deer often sighted here. $2 fee to enter park.

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Tue Mar 19 2019

This is a relatively short trail and is very well marked. There are a lot of little rolling hills and definitely rocks and roots as a previous reviewer mentioned. Just watch your footing! Also watch for deer, which are plentiful and seem curious of people from a distance. I saw no one else on the trail on a Monday around noon.

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Sat Mar 02 2019

Nice easy trail. Great views of Lake Murray along the way. We will be coming back.

Sun Jan 06 2019

Nice easy scenic trail with views of the lake all around. Lots of rocks, roots, a few up and downs, but overall a good way to spend a couple of hours.

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Mon Aug 06 2018

Fun trail, ups and downs, lots of roots so be aware! Was able to complete the trail with 30lb 18 month old in the ergo carrier

Mon Jan 22 2018

loved the walk and enjoyed the view.

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Sun Jan 21 2018

Quiet lollipop loop with good views of Lake Murray. A few hills to climb and descend, but overall fairly easy. Lots of granite rocks in the trail. I had no trouble following the trail: there are plenty of white plastic diamonds with black arrows, and the path had recently been cleared of leaf litter on my visit. Overall, a nice, short hike.

walking
Thu Apr 20 2017

trails aren't marked very well so thank goodness for everyone marking their tracks!

Mon Nov 16 2015

My husband and I took our two dogs to Little Gap Trail for the second time this fall. It is a nice hike, easy, with plenty of tree variety and views of beautiful Lake Murray. The only reason I can not give it a five-star rating is because the trail is not marked well. Although I imagine in the summer the trail is obvious, once the leaves have fallen, the trail is obscure in places. A few more trail markers on both sides of the trees would be a great investment. By the way, as you near the point, be sure to do the loop that goes around to the right. You'll pass the foundation and hearth of an old building, which was a fun surprise.

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Mon Jul 06 2015

This was a very nice hike on Dreher Island State Park. It is not very strenuous at all and would be nice to take kids. The track takes you around the point of the island, providing some nice views of Lake Murray. It's not uncommon to see deer in the area.

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