Oakridge Trail

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Oakridge Trail is a 6.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Hopkins, South Carolina that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and bird watching. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.3 miles Elevation Gain: 19 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

trail running

bird watching

forest

river

views

wildlife

over grown

As of March 2019, extreme flooding as reported leading to partial and full trail closures. Please see Congaree Nation Park website for the most up-to-date information: https://www.nps.gov/cong/planyourvisit/conditions.htm

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blowdown
bugs
muddy
off trail
over grown
scramble
washed out
1 month ago

This trail is not easy and not well marked. Many trees down over the path, some so large they are chest high. It was flooded in a handful of spots without clear direction of where to go. Very narrow, overgrown through at least 50% of the trail. I am an experienced hiker and had 2 dogs with me. This park needs a lot of attention to clearing and blazing before saying this trail is open to the general public.

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1 month ago

This is just a fantastic hike, especially for lovers of big specimen trees. On the first boardwalk portion, you’ll see 100+ foot Loblolly Pines all over the place. Once you get onto the back loop an start to criss-cross the creek, you begin to see some rare specimens of all kinds of oaks and even some stands of massive birch. You are likely to see a lot of birds and reptiles near the water, too. The bridge crossings over the creek are some of the most amazing vistas on the entire trail. The hike is completely flat, and you can get lucky or unlucky with the mosquitoes and horseflies. I highly recommend this hike! Just one note. A tree fell on part of the boardwalk on 5/31, literally cutting a gap straight through it. If you plan on doing Oakridge as a loop by going out one side and returning on the other, you will have to detour slightly. Just ask a Ranger for route options.

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bugs
over grown
1 month ago

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11 months ago

Terrific loop trail that offers up all the best that congaree has to offer. The path is well marked and easy to follow as it is well worn in. As others have said there are several large downed trees but there are easy to follow side paths around all of them. If it's been raining and the water level is up; expect a few large puddles in the trail. But these can be negotiated easily enough. I enjoy hiking this trail for the peaceful serenity it provides.

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Friday, January 05, 2018

really nice trail- very flat. closer to 7 miles even. would recommend all the trails in this park. the camping area is about .25 miles from the visitor center, and the access trail to the trailhead is another .25 or so from there.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

We loved this trail.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The trail was gorgeous, with lots of cover so that even on a hot day it didn't feel so bad. There are lots of downed trees to climb over, including one section that became nearly impossible to pass due to the number and location of the fallen trees, but ultimately the hike was worth it and it made a nice change of pace.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Bring bug spray!!!

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Sunday, February 05, 2017

According to Congaree National Park the Oakridge trail is a 6.6 mile loop. After reading various All Trails reviews I thought this might be off, and it sure was! We found the trail to be approximately 7.33 miles. In all, the condition of the trail wasn't bad.... although there are still many downed trees directly on the trail from 2016's Hurricane Matthew. Individual trees are easy to get past, but in some areas there are multiple trees down and you have no choice but to detour around them. The trail is relatively well marked, in some areas almost too much so (blazes less than 6 feet apart) when you consider that some of those signs could be better placed... especially in areas where there are many downed trees. Overall it was an enjoyable hike. We started around 11am and were finished by 1:45. Enjoyed the quiet and walking through the different areas (some more swampy, others more wooded). We saw some birds, but no other wildlife. Did see sign of wild hogs. I would not attempt this trail during the summer, I can imagine the mosquitos are pretty bad as there are many areas where standing, stagnant water would be an issue.

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Peaceful trail showing more of Congaree. Diverse enough to keep it interesting.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Flat, shady, muddy at times. Very frequent red blazes. Common to see wild boar. Check conditions before going as flooding is common in winter.

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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Great views of the partially flooded swamp.

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Friday, June 05, 2015

A decent, shady hike. Wildlife was limited to some squirrels, a couple of raccoons and a few red-bellied water snakes.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

7.5 mile walk through the forest with almost full shade throughout hike. Completely flat. On our hike, we saw some squirrels, and an owl. Did not see any large wildlife (deer, etc.) Off the trail is swampy with cypress trees.

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

The trail is really nice, plenty of things to see, thousands of baby toads all over the place, bores, deers... The only problem is that it often gets flooded, completely or partially and it's really easy to lose sight of the trail. We got lost when the red flagging disappeared in a swamp and we were not able to finish it. A clear map of the trail would be nice and helpful here.

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Sunday, June 03, 2012

Enjoyable, easy walking trail through the largest intact expanse of old growth bottomland hardwood forest in the southeastern United States. Very large bald cypress and water tupelo trees everywhere, including several national champions. Wildlife abounds throughout the swampland...I've seen wild pigs, deer, snakes, owls, turtles and a marbled salamander. Not usually too crowded and worth the visit.

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19 days ago

recorded Oakridge Trail

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3 months ago

recorded conagree national Park

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10 months ago

Friday, May 04, 2018

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