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.

one of the first solo hikes I've done, if your in the clemson/central area looking for a fairly easy escape, this is your place to go, very pretty waterfall, places by the river to sit, very easy. just be careful of wet leafs

hiking
2 days ago

Even in winter it’s a beautiful space with a variety of windy uphill to straight areas to rest. We loaded kids on our shoulders and explored until the paths got too muddy, destabilised in parts it seems by horse traffic.

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!

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.

We enjoyed the hike and were planning on doing the smaller loop. Some trails, like the gray, were really well marked but we ran into some bonus miles when we ended up on the white trail. Be aware at the gray, purple and white intersections!

First day 2019 Hike from Kings Mountain State Park, SC to Boulders Access area,Crowders Mountain State Park, NC. KM National Recreation Trail from the Campground to Ridgeline Trail. Well maintained and marked. $ 2 fee in KMSP. 8.8 out and back.

I did this trail for the second time yesterday and it was great. The trail is easily marked, not crowded, and beautiful the whole way.

nice hike , be prepared to pay entry fee to State Park

Beautiful waterfall! Highly recommend!

It was an easy hike to a beautiful waterfall! We took our 7 year old here for his first hike and now he’s extremely excited to do it again! We did go after it rained and the ground was pretty wet.

hiking
10 days ago

It is truly tragic that so many people intentionally defile such beautiful, natural wonders like 40 Acre Rock but thankfully we are still able to marvel at the remaining features our home provides and this one is nothing short of amazing. The main rock itself is impressive on its own without the lovely little streams that meander through the forest below, one of which is fed by an impressive (at the right season) series of waterfalls. A quick loop, plus a few detours, is in my opinion a great way to spend part of the day.

on Carrick Creek Loop

11 days ago

Nice little nature walk.

hiking
12 days ago

Stunning views, beautiful waterfall, streams and lake! We hiked with our sons, one of which is 15 month and 28 lbs and it was very comfortable.
There are a good number of down trees but we just walked around them. The tail is well marked and in the winter walking around a down tree is not the end of the world. Our family will definitely be back!

Beautiful and relatively easy walk across creeks with stepping stones and up n down narrow mountain trails. Soothing sound of babbling brooks and rushing creeks all around in the picturesque final descent to the breathtaking falls. Pack a snack and a towel to sit on one of the many giant rocks at the base of the falls. Please respect the beauty and tranquility of this very special place, as well as the desire of others there to do the same.

Beautiful trail and falls! Family friendly.

on Palmetto Trail

hiking
13 days ago

The hike was amazing. Their were several trees down across the trails but it did not stop the people from coming out. Beware of people with dogs not on leashes. The trail is easy for beginner such as myself and just a good walk for the experienced. Highly recommend this area.

Great trail for dogs, nice level path that follows the river on the Nature Trail and the Canal Trail has beautiful historical structures. As it got closer to noon more hikers arrived but overall not a crowded trail.

beautiful hike!

Beautiful hike! Definitely recommend

14 days ago

Really pretty trails but many were flooded due to the rain. Hope to go back when it dries out.

Absolutely beautiful waterfalls! Only a few downed trees along the trail. With all of our recent rain the falls were magnificent!

We followed the directions on the app to park by the barn and start at the trailhead. You will follow yellow tree markers and signs for Palmetto Trail until you cross the Creek (we climbed across a downed tree). About 30-40 yards past the creek, the Palmetto Trail goes left and to find the falls you have to go to the right and follow a trail that parallels a river. We followed the gps on the app map to make sure we stayed on the red line! Lots of downed trees to navigate. Our family enjoyed the challenge!

nice little get away close to the house.

I wanted a good hike with my dog to start the New Year off right but got a late start so by the time I got to the trailhead I only had an hour before the park closed. I pushed it and got a bit beyond the waterfall before having to turn back. Beautiful and challenging uphill. Forgot my hiking sticks. Those would help on the downhill for sure. Can’t wait to do it again.

hiking
15 days ago

I pretty easy 11 mile trail with great views and several rapids and falls to check out along the way. The vertical doesn't seem that much when actually walking the trail as teh incline is gradual in plenty of spots. There are a few areas of greater vertical, but its not too bad.

Video Review of Trail: https://youtu.be/PIYL1m2LrBY

hiking
17 days ago

Great moderate hike with lots of running water, beautiful lake views.

Not a loop. goes along the back of houses on one side and the math on the other.

Great trail. Well marked. Not a lot of views along the way but a nice walk in the woods. Definitely take the Narrows route. There is a sign indicating the trail. The trail to the Narrows is very short maybe .2 mile but an incredible view not to be missed.

Well, the trail is very clearly marked off which is very nice. It is a little harder than expected, but still not hard. It does not require any snacks to be brought in, but a water would be a nice thing to have. We went in the morning so it wasn’t super crowded but on the way out it got kind of full. Overall, I think it was a very fun hike.

We are here on a new years mini vacation and we have been doing a trail or two a day. So far this is our favorite. We got a little lost in the beginning but eventually found the waterfall and it was amazing.

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