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.

DISTANCE
4.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
16 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

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.

24 days ago

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
2 months ago

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
2 months ago

nice easy trail with plenty of great scenery

2 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

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

3 months ago

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
6 months ago

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

6 months ago

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

10 months ago

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

Monday, June 26, 2017

Pretty

hiking
Monday, May 22, 2017

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

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Really beautiful

Thursday, March 30, 2017

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

hiking
Saturday, February 25, 2017

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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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!

walking
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.

hiking
Sunday, December 20, 2015

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

hiking
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

hiking
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.

hiking
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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