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Very easy trail with nice falls.

12 hours ago

WAY more trails than shown, great hike around town. saw connections to the library allison park playground and a lake on my visit. lots of deer if you walk around dusk

They don't call it the swamp for nothing. It had rained a few days before, so there were quite a few puddles in the trail, but none I encountered were impassable. I hiked out and back from my finish point on this track to see the campsite next to the bridge that's being repaired (both pictured). The bridge is passable if you don't mind walking a 2x6 for about 15feet. I didn't try it. It was an extremely windy day, but the pine forest helps a lot with cutting down the wind. Pollen season here would be pretty crappy. Trail was very well maintained with a few small boardwalks over some wet areas, but the grass was cut and brush was mostly out of the way (pictured). Lots of water available for filtering, but be very careful with fire in any location, because the ground is nothing but pine needles everywhere.

Nice moderate trail through woods with multiple areas to stop and grab a snack or water. Harbison Bluffs a little underwhelming but easily accessible. Trail sufficiently marked.

Beautiful trail. Many streams and small waterfalls along with the large waterfall at the end. It is a hard ascent but it isn't technical- all trails have stairs or bridges when needed. Get there early for parking. Lots of people and dogs were out enjoying the day even on a cold winter day.

hiking
3 days ago

I hiked this trail twice in the past month. It is a great winter trail! Hiked once alone, once with two other adults, and kids aged 9, 11, 12, and 12. It is up and down. We had our lunch at the top on the knob. The trees that were across the trail my first time (in December 2018) had been cleaned up. There was one short detour around some downed branches, but overall, no obstacles. It begins at the Oconee State Park end of the Foothills trail. There are also junctions for Hidden Falls Trail and Palmetto Trail.

trail running
muddy
4 days ago

Agree with the previous comments. Note that about a mile of the trail shown on the map is actually regular road. I cannot think of what "activity options" there are; there is basically nothing to see and there is certainly no river along the trail as marked - the river is on the other side of the road in the part of the state park you have to pay an entry fee for.

Hiked about 9 miles of this trail. Some parts can be challenging with rocky uphill sections with narrow paths, but overall a great place to hike. Next time, I'll bring my mountain bike. Those trails looked very fun.

Decent view but very close to rushing traffic and it’s smell. Not ideal for clear days when it’s crowded.

Stunning historic bridge and rushing water. Plenty of foot traffic and some police presence when we went. Truly gorgeous walk.

Great hike. Road in good condition. Chattooga River was super high, waterfall was raging. Uphill basically the entire way back to the car but totally worth it. Nice well-maintained trail.

Nice walk.

hiking
rocky
5 days ago

It’s a hard hike but it’s so beautiful! Just show how early cause there is normally a hour wait time just to get into the park.

Great hike, plan on getting muddy even if it hasn't rained in some time. I take my dog with me all the time but please remove your dog's waste from the path itself. Great place to start is the Awendaw canoe launch, turn around at the Buck Hall rec area, makes about an 8 mile round trip hike. Bring a good amount of water.

Super-easy jaunt and you're likely to run into wildlife on your way past the tidal lagoon to the beach. Expect to run for your life from mosquitoes once it warms up.

A bit more traveled and fairly flat and accessible. Safer trail for pets. Views of the eagles that nest on the lagoon!

Fantastic if you want a fun bike loop. Moderate if hiking. Animal wildlife is still bouncing back after hurricanes, but the blow downs have all been removed and the trail is great! Even found some chicken of the woods!

Surprising amount of wildlife for the amount of traffic on this one. Extremely accessible stroll around a human made wetland, but I can imagine there are at least a few gators waiting for warmer months, careless dogwalkers, and stray cats. Watch out!

hiking
muddy
6 days ago

I hike this trail about once a week with my dog and it never gets old. Clockwise is my preferred direction; putting the steep half along the water first. With all the rain we’ve had parts of the trail are very muddy. There are some tricky parts and water crossings on rocks so take your time. The downhill switch backs are frequented by bicycles so stay alert.

Fairly accessible. Great spot to photograph wildlife!

Great trail. I went alone and no one else was around, very peaceful. I think I'll take my dog next time.

Climbed Table Rock on 1/9/19 with future son in law Jim. Try to climb early January each year to get the year off right. Cold but sunny day. Temp in mid 40s.
Love the climb. Strenuous is correct Well worth the view.

Very secluded and interesting site! Access road is interesting to say the least. Worth the time to visit.

incomplete. damage to northern portion. southern portions good for walking, running, and walking dogs. northern portion still a bit sketch.

Short but sweet. Easily accessible if you park at the YMCA.

Good for birding and biking.

For local hikes, this is a five star hike. I only gave it three stars because if you are really wanting to compare it with trails all over the state, especially in the mountains, then this trail would not rate that high.

We hit this trail in mild rain, and temperature in the 40's. I hike with my dogs, so those are ideal conditions not to encounter other humans. The trail has some decent views, and decent rolling terrain. I started at the trail head and headed to the right side of the loop. After about 5 miles there was a nice Creek, with a small boat landing. So that is where we had a little picnic. There is a variety of views, marshes, Foster creek, some grassy areas...just a nice day in the woods.

mountain biking
10 days ago

1. Bring water
2. You're going to get muddy or wet
3. Bug spray if you plan on not standing still for more than a few seconds

10 days ago

Very informative. Great for families.

hiking
muddy
rocky
11 days ago

I walked part of this trail but turned around after about 1 mile because the large rocks that covered the road were constantly trying to turn my ankles. It was a boring trip and parts of the road were flooded.

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