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.
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.
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!
Beautiful trail in the old hardwood forests with upclose encounters with cypress trees and swamps
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.
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.
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!
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.
Great views of Cedar Creek, with lots of bald cypress and cypress knees.
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
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.
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.