Weston Lake Loop Trail

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Weston Lake Loop Trail is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Hopkins, South Carolina that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.6 miles
16 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips





wild flowers



Directions from Columbia: Drive southeast on SC 48 (Bluff Road) for approximately 12 miles and bear right onto Old Bluff Road (Richland County S-734). Follow the signs to the Congaree National Monument.

1 month ago

Pretty cool for birding. Would like to come back in the summer to see if we could find Otters in the back.

2 months ago

Great trail for an easy family hike. Marked all the way along so you can’t get lost. Fun day!

5 months ago

Nice, bring bug spray! Very easy trail but lots of downed trees in trail path.

7 months ago


9 months ago

Great easy trail. Perfect for families and dogs. Not too strenuous but beautiful scenery.

9 months ago

Really beautiful

10 months ago

Really cool boardwalk component. A flat, green, bird haven.

11 months ago

We took our daughters (5 and 8) along for this hike. My husband measured it at 4.4 miles exactly (as the NP itself states). This was a nice hike along a well-worn, well-marked trail. We went the last weekend in February and saw hundreds of birds along the trail... especially in portions which bordered Cedar Creek. Robins, cardinals, and more! This was a great hike! The length is just perfect for medium-sized kiddos who want to explore the great outdoors. Take sunscreen, bug spray, and plenty of water! Snacks are a must too!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Beautiful trail in the old hardwood forests with upclose encounters with cypress trees and swamps

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

It's great that this area is protected but not exactly a scenic experience. Bottomland forest without much wildlife and no real views. If you like old growth hardwoods in the bottomland, this is the largest collection of that! If you don't know what that means, this trail will suck for you.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Easy, well marked trail through Congaree Swamp. The day I went I didn't see another person and got to enjoy the sounds of nature the entire way.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Very nice walk and I want to do it again when there are leaves. I did see a Zebra Swallowtail butterfly and a Pileated Woodpecker!

Friday, March 11, 2016

I graded this trail only on the condition of the surface. It received 5 stars because it was well worn and didn't have anything blocking the trail. The views from this trail are typical for this National Park.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Great views of Cedar Creek, with lots of bald cypress and cypress knees.

Friday, June 19, 2015

This was a nice hike like the boardwalks part of the trail was closed but we went anyway made it all that more exciting great little park to be in lot more trails than just this one

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Hooked up to this trail while doing the Oak Ridge Trail in the Congaree National Park, SC. Completely flat hike within the shade of the woods. No luck with spotting any big wildlife, did hear the "hooting" of owls.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

This lake is nice, hidden behind the trees. I met up with this trail from Sims Trail on my way back to the car. Right off the boardwalk is probably the biggest pine tree I've ever seen. Nice overlook over the lake.

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