Oakridge Trail is a 7.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Hopkins, South Carolina that features a river. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
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.
Peaceful trail showing more of Congaree. Diverse enough to keep it interesting.
Flat, shady, muddy at times. Very frequent red blazes. Common to see wild boar. Check conditions before going as flooding is common in winter.
Great views of the partially flooded swamp.
A decent, shady hike. Wildlife was limited to some squirrels, a couple of raccoons and a few red-bellied water snakes.
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.
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.
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.