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Very hilly for a beginner, the view at the river was awesome.

loved the walk and enjoyed the view.

Fun walk. Very easy.

took my bassett hound on this trail and it was a perfect hike. tough on the way in and easy out.

Was the best project I undertook for the American Conservation Experience. rolling our canoes from the furthest Northern entrance, all the way to the mighty Congaree itself, clearing a path as best we could with our handsaws and crosscuts. I enjoyed all two or so months I was there. I just wish people would clean up after themselves, while fishing, after fishing, or during their own awesome canoe/kayak trip.

Rather non-eventful hike until you cross the creek and start hiking up to the falls. Still lots of trees across the trail. Trail gets steep through a nice boulder field. Beautiful waterfall but hard to get close to. Recommend hiking this one in the winter as it could be "snakey" in the warmer months.

Not bad but also not much to see. Kinda comes with the region down here, but don’t expect much more than a flat walk with a few interesting swampy cypress stands. As others have said, watch out for the dog behind a fence and a nearby interesting mid-1800s gravestone.

2 days ago

Fun trail with lots of elevation changes and pretty views. We went in January so all the leaves made some of the up and downs a bit slippery, so wear shoes with good traction. The trail connects back to the Midland trail in two different spots so pay attention to your direction or your 3 mile hike will become 7 miles if you go the wrong way getting back on the midlands...go right to exit...go left to hike more.

on Swan Lake Trail

2 days ago

Even though there’s quite a bit of people that come out here, it’s still peaceful and beautiful! Most of the trail is paved, and you can feed the ducks, fish, mountain bike, take great pictures of the scenery, etc.

3 days ago

We were the only two cars in the parking lot when we arrived at 9am on a Saturday morning. Looking for a trail head the first one we found said Palmetto trail but the only Palmetto trail marked on the park map is way on the other side of the park? Since we didn't want to start off in the wrong place, we decided to continue down the street a little and found the Fairforest Creek trail. We followed it down to the bridge which takes you over to the Southside Trail System. There's a sign at the bridge warning you that it is the only crossing and that the trail system beyond is extensive, to get a map at the park office if you are unfamiliar with it. We followed the Southside Loop Trail clockwise and found it to be pretty well marked. I'd call it an easy to moderate trail (though it did get quite slippery in some place with snow still melting!) We startled a large herd of dear, must have been at least 10, just behind the shooting range of all places but saw only smaller critters after that. On the first half of our hike we didn't encounter anyone and then it did get a little busier (in all we probably ran into 20-25 people, mostly on mountain bikes.) By the time we got back to the parking lot it was packed.

3 days ago

Quiet lollipop loop with good views of Lake Murray. A few hills to climb and descend, but overall fairly easy. Lots of granite rocks in the trail. I had no trouble following the trail: there are plenty of white plastic diamonds with black arrows, and the path had recently been cleared of leaf litter on my visit. Overall, a nice, short hike.

3 days ago

I parked at the cherry hill parking site and this trail starts down and across the road. I had trouble finding it at first. Once on the trail there were many fallen trees. I had my dog with and we had to stop about 2 miles in. We could have kept going but after hiking 3 miles on a previous trail and it being in the afternoon we turned back. There are also a few spots that are quite narrow and would be hard to navigate with small children or a rambunctious dog. I'm hoping they clear up the trees and I can go back in late spring/early summer.

Lots more exciting trails near here. The view of the waterfall is pretty far away.

completed in about two and a half hours. A great trail close to home, yet apparently a well kept secret! Much snow was still on the river side, making the trail very slippery. It was the first time I'd ever hiked with my shirt off while stepping on snow! you have to love southern weather! I'll be back! By the way, if you recently lost a pair of gray eyeglasses, I hung them on the bulletin board at the main entrance.

3 days ago

Absolutely beautiful marsh, swamp and forest trails. Very friendly staff. Definitely coming back.

3 days ago

Pretty short trail with some nice views of the river for a small section

Great trail to take the kids on a nature hike. For Geocaching enthusiasts, there is a nice one hidden on the loop!

The falls are beautiful and powerful. A nice overlook!

Pretty tame and parts are just past equipment.

Fairly used trail. I went during the week and saw more people than expected. The falls are really nice and provide a nice area to hang out and get away from the summer heat.

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