Explore the most popular dog friendly trails in South Carolina with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Trail is well marked, easy to follow and well maintained. The views are amazing, and plenty of places to stop and enjoy the views.

My husband and I went to the walk for the first time, in hopes to find the waterfall, but not only did we not find it, no one even knew it had a waterfall! I would love it if someone who knows where it is would post! I want to come back to see if We can find it??

I would say easy/Moderate trail. Some narrow paths, and a lot of roots. However we took our 2 & 3 year old kids and they walked it there and back no problem. In fact my 2 year old was tugging on me to hurry. It’s definitely worth the hike. Very serine, and the waterfall is absolutely beautiful.

Super fun ! Super easy ! The walk down is a breeze, but the walk back up is kind of rough .

Fun trail! Beautiful lake! I will be making this a regular trail running stop!

The reward at the end is definitely worth the hike! My children (ages 6-13) and I completed this in November. I would give this a "moderate" instead of difficult rating for anyone who hikes even as little as bi-monthly.

The road getting to the trail was a little rough. You drive over two creeks. The trail is beautiful. The waterfalls are clean and flowing strong.

Very hard not an easy trek for beginners

The rock ledge overlooking the lake offers some really nice views.

9 days ago

I fly fished the chatooga. started at burells ford. beautiful trail and so very easy. Great Day!

Beautiful waterfall! There are a few places that you have to cross the creek on rocks. Not a huge deal but something that would be better in warm weather. The falls were absolutely beautiful. The trail was clean and marked. We will definitely be headed to see them in the summer!

Evil and mean on the knees! Can’t wait to do it again

Two years ago- went in late March
Hike the the suspension bridge is moderate with some navigating over huge rocks on the trail. The bride is fun but going down the ladders that are directly beyond the bridge now that’s fun. Face to the mud, narrow trail to place my rather long feet- hey no sweat! Maybe a little. After the bridge we went down down down.. then came the Cathedral Wall. which was releasing chunks of ice upon our heads. If the ice inland melted off the cathedral wall or be prepared to deal with icy slippery conditions - had to inch our way across the wall or army crawl on a downward ice covered hill.
I’m too old for this!
Followed the pink trail to the bottom the shimmy cables were out at the bottom so we rock hopped across the river, well I hopped and slipped got a tad wet. THEN the dismal trail was exactly that DISMAL, I swear my life flashed before my eyes because when that sun dipped behind the tress it got dark fast.
Then my hip flexors stopped working. Yep sat on the dark for 3 hours until Wren and the crew showed up! The guy they call Mule, he was carrying a large plastic boat or stretcher wanted to take me back down to the river where I had recently baptized myself. I just couldn’t do it. So the whole crew just walked with me one miserable step at a time ALL THE WAY OUT, took 3 hours, I should have jumped in Mules boat!
Anyway- make sure your hips and knees are piled up- it’s not for those of us who spend too much time sitting at a desk
BY THE WAY- I thought Dismal was closed, like gone washed away. Anyone know for certain that it’s open?
UPDATE: I left my office job joined the gym and I know I won’t be needing Mules help in the future. Nice big bearded fella tho- and if your offered a ride in his boat, #justdoit.

Pretty low key, however it was a nice getaway with the dogs. one was a puppy, went out to get him use to walking on a leash. we enjoyed the easy hike.

My dad and I did this hike today. We took others’ advice and did the blue to pink to purple, but honestly next time I’d probably go the opposite! I agree with other hikers- dog friendly, but the three ladders could be an issue-only one was for us (we had to hoist up the heavy fur child for one as it was too steep for her to even go around). Otherwise, an awesome hike. Worth the time. For my dad and I (my dad is 65) we still completed in just over 5 hours and we took plenty of breaks. Do it!

Beautiful waterfalls

Great hike, take snacks and plenty of water! Took us just shy of five hours but we stopped at the bottom for a lunch break. This is major workout and your muscles will feel it the next day. I stopped at the visitor center and bought an "I survived dismal loop" t-shirt!

17 days ago

Our trip was on Oct 30th 2017. We backpacked in and camped at site 11, just before Jones Gap Falls. The portion of the trail we hiked to get to our camp site was gorgeous, fun and challenging at times with the rocky terrain. We LOVED site 11, it was roomy with the sounds of the river and nearby waterfall. I would have loved to stay longer and explore more of the trail, definitely plan to return to hike some more.

This is a short, 2-mile section of the Palmetto Trail leaving out of Poinsett State Park and back in to the surrounding Manchester State Forest going towards the Campbell Pond Rd. trailhead.

If your just looking for some exercise, it’s not bad.

My dog and I set out on this trail with no real clue what we were getting ourselves into besides the warning sign at the trail head. If you are NOT in decent shape, don’t have on hiking shoes/boots or don’t have a will power to push you through; I would try another trail first. It’s views are amazing and totally worth it, but be ready for steep inclines and rapid descents. The trail has three ladders (for you dog people), several skinny points and some wide points as well. Hide sight I would recommend going red to blue to pink to purple then back to red. It’s a burner but worth it! Fitbit stats: 24,411 steps, 11.8 miles, 256 stair cases, 3400 calories, 3:15 hours.

The trail was very short and easy.

23 days ago

Nice small hike to waterfall

Great winter trail. You can hear the road for the first mile or so but it wasn’t bad. Great winter views and the lake is amazing! Campsites are large and the location is great. Definitely a good workout and lots of climbing. Trail is well maintained and marked.

Great short trail. Beautiful scenery

Nice trail and flowers in bloom today. Waterfall was a trickle but active. Signage on the rock itself is lacking but not a big issue.

on Waldrop Stone Falls

27 days ago

Nice to get back in the woods, if only for a mile.

Beautiful falls, easy trail, easy to find!

The trail was in between easy and moderate difficulty. Some parts of the trail are not clearly marked, however it is a beautiful area, and worth exploring.

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