River Trail

EASY 16 reviews
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River Trail is a 9.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near St Matthews, South Carolina that features a river 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
9.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
55 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

canoeing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

forest

river

wildlife

bugs

muddy

The trail leads to the Congaree River, the lifeblood of the national park's great natural diversity. Wildlife is abundant. Approximately ten times a year (mostly in winter), floodwaters from the river cover nearly 80% of the park. When the river is low, a large sandbar may be visible.

hiking
3 months ago

backpacking
5 months ago

I hiked this trail recently with two friends. Back packed to the river sand bar and set up camp and hiked back in the morning. Trail is well marked. There are many obstacles such as big trees in the pathway and mud holes.

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Nice walk. Definitely stop at sandbar for a rest!

hiking
6 months ago

backpacking
6 months ago

8 months ago

backpacking
9 months ago

hiking
Monday, April 04, 2016

hiking
Sunday, December 20, 2015

Best to go in the winter when you don't have to deal with the heat, humidity and bugs. But make sure you check the water levels in advance because that is when most of the flooding occurs.

hiking
Monday, August 03, 2015

Very nice trail. Interesting scenery. We lost the trail when it hit the river but kept going along the river about 40 feet out and picked it back up before it turn back into the woods. The weather has been dry around Columbia this summer so the mosquitoes were not bad at all.

There isn't a map of this trail and the trail head is not located correctly - I uploaded my track, check it out!

hiking
Sunday, August 02, 2015

hiking
Friday, June 05, 2015

My favorite trail in the park. The northern part of the loop was filled with raccoons searching for grub in the flooded parts of the forest (a particularly mystical stretch) and there were several families of feral pigs with little piglets in tow. There were also owls, squirrels, herons and what might have been a beaver. The whole forest was simply wild, with slightly overgrown patches. And to top it off, I never ran into a single person for the entirety of the trail. Highly recommend it.

hiking
Saturday, October 04, 2014

Excellent back country stroll through the Congaree Swamp and along the Congaree River. After about a 5.5 mile hike from the visitors center, you can enjoy a relaxing break on a expansive sand bar at the river. The trail was devastated by flooding last year, but park rangers, contractors and volunteers have cleared and remarked the trail. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife along the trail; wild hogs have churned up swaths of soil along the trail. Snakes are to be expected and a ranger relayed to me sitings of alligator along the banks of the river.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Excellent back country stroll through the Congaree Swamp and along the Congaree River. After about a 5.5 mile hike from the visitors center, you can enjoy a relaxing break on a expansive sand bar at the river.

The trail was devastated by flooding last year, but park rangers, contractors and volunteers have cleared and remarked the trail.

Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife along the trail; wild hogs have churned up swaths of soil along the trail. Snakes are to be expected and a ranger relayed to me sitings of alligator along the banks of the river.

camping
Friday, May 31, 2013

Much tougher than the Weston Lake Trail as there is no board walk. Much wildlife to see on this trail be careful of the snakes...