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 bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.6 miles Elevation Gain: 16 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

Starting in December 2019, the section of Boardwalk between the Visitor Center and the first junction will be closed in order to be rebuilt. Through most of 2020, access to the Boardwalk will be via a short section of Bluff Trail, which also starts just outside the Visitor Center.

hiking
bridge out
2 months ago

hiking
bridge out
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

I felt like this loop really didn’t add a whole lot to the boardwalk experience. With that said... the return leg from cedar creek when you go counter clockwise is nice. But, I think I liked oak and king snake trails more

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muddy
3 months ago

Cool trail— walking this trail was like being transported to a primordial swamp/forest. About half of it is on the boardwalk that runs through the park (swamp). Expect the parts off of the boardwalk to be muddy and your feet will likely get wet; I went a day or two after the area received decent rainfall. Brought my Frenchie and he did fine.

hiking
muddy
washed out
3 months ago

A decent little trail, albeit a little muddy. Made the start at the lower boardwalk area, and was greeted immediately with some standing water on the trail, roughly 2-3" deep and extending for about 30-40' into. After that, it did clear up for a while, but not much past a slick of mud. Conditions towards the bridge to the Oakridge Trail were significantly better, and generally stayed that way until deteriorating again when approaching the Weston Lake area. There were a couple sloughs that broke through, with no real method of getting past the water without going substantially off-trail. Rangers were reporting depths of 4-5", but they were closer to 8-10" when I encountered them. The trail was relatively empty, and I only encountered two other couples while making the trek. Did get to see a river otter shortly after getting on the trail near the lower boardwalk side. Pretty sparse for wildlife spotting, other than that. It was my first outing in Congaree, so not sure if things pick up during the warmer months - this trip was a nice escape from civilization, though. Other than a few small planes passing overhead, there is a complete detachment from the connected world.

hiking
4 months ago

Loved this trail it was for brining our dog! We went on the trail in late January and really lucked out with the weather and trail conditions. As someone who is used to hiking traditional mountains trails, Congaree was the perfect change of pace. Great location for bird watching!

hiking
closed
5 months ago

Boardwalk under construction and main trail flooded.

hiking
5 months ago

Did 1/2 the loop today. Flat and only saw 1 snake on a branch by a stream. Nice easy walk.

hiking
muddy
6 months ago

Combined Boardwalk and Weston loops. Boardwalk gets super slick when it's wet. Non-boardwalk sections of Weston aren't too bad when wet - the mud is hard. Otherwise pretty easy. Spotted two otters near the B bridge.

hiking
8 months ago

Great for birding with plenty of woodpeckers. The trees are huge!!

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bugs
9 months ago

The trail is open and dry as of the second week of August. I hiked in the evening to avoid the brunt of the heat. For those accustomed to hiking mountains/elevation gains, this loop is more like an extended, humid stroll. I enjoyed listening to the birds, including a barred owl. I came across three boars in three different locations, a family of raccoons, several impressively large writing spiders, and a black rat snake. I am unfamiliar with swampy terrain, so I thoroughly enjoyed the immersion. I brought hiking sandals in case the swamp was flooded and came prepared with bug spray. (Lots and lots of bug spray.) I look forward to returning in the fall, and I hope to catch the park when the sloughs brim with water.

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blowdown
bugs
10 months ago

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11 months ago

Seems like Congaree might be better as a kayak park. The hike was just fine but nothing too exciting.

hiking
bugs
11 months ago

Sat May 25 2019

very nice trail through the woods. quiet very few people on the trail

hiking
muddy
Fri Mar 15 2019

All the trails are connected to each other. I took the 1 to the boardwalk to the 3 (Weston loop). It was muddy at the end and no way to avoid. There were very few bugs though. Once on the Weston loop only crossed 2 people. I didn't see any wildlife but I did see numerous tracks for otters raccoons and deer.

Mon Jun 25 2018

Great trail that begins on a boardwalk, transitions to trail then back to boardwalk. A small overlook of the lake is included as well and is a nice treat. The trail is well kept but still nature focused. The sights on the trail vary so you are seeing new things. The bugs are horrible of course, we wore 25% deet bug spray and didn't get bit at all. The trail was muddy even though it hadn't rained for a week, though that wasn't so much a bother. My wife and I enjoyed the trail greatly and would highly recommend it!

hiking
Fri May 11 2018

Was a nice walk with a lot of downed trees to play on. even got to see a snake on one of the smaller bridges.

walking
Tue May 08 2018

nice easy trail with plenty of great scenery

Fri Apr 20 2018

Glad to have gotten here before the bug season so to speak. Definitely be prepared for obvious swamp like conditions after rain.

hiking
Sat Apr 07 2018

Great trail. Excellent if you like to relax in a hammock you can find a really nice spot along the Cedar Creek bank.

Wed Mar 28 2018

Easy trail, good walk. Go early in the year to beat the bugs. It is a swamp, so be prepared for mud if it has rained recently.

hiking
Sun Dec 31 2017

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

Thu Dec 21 2017

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

Sat Aug 26 2017

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

Mon Jun 26 2017

Pretty

hiking
Mon May 22 2017

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

Sun Apr 30 2017

Really beautiful

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