Explore the most popular historic site 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.

Always Awesome!

on Caw Caw Trail

walking
4 days ago

Worth a trip! Had a really good time with my husband and our two boys (9 & 7). Bring water and bug spray! Baby alligators (it’s August right now), herons, orb spiders & found some crab claws and raccoon tracks. Will go back

hiking
23 days ago

There is NO biking allowed on this trail at all. Please remove that. Other than that it is a very nice trail.

The trail was a nice easy hike. The views of the river and swamp were nice. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Before doing the trail I suggest going to the office and get history of the area.

The swinging bridge is closed as well as the blue star trail where it intersects north sugar creek

Good park for being close to a dense urban area.
The track starts with pavement and then becomes a mostly shaded path through woods around a small lake. The track is scenic.

trail running
2 months ago

Nice loop trail with plenty of shade even during the midday. A pretty good thunderstorm 2 days before a ran this trail left a few muddy sections, but nothing you couldn't work around. This loop has some decent little elevation changes throughout to make a trip worth it, oh and the hanging bridge was neat too.

$5 admission

Great Trail!

A great piece of history. I wish they had more of the story and narrative. The boat ride is a bit pricey for me.

Lots of variety. One of the better trails in the area. Several connecting trails for different inner and outer loop options.

nature trips
3 months ago

In addition to the periphery trail shown on the All Trails map, there are several interior trails at the park. They’re all level, easy hikes.

I found the Swamp Sanctuary trail particularly scenic with its birds, butterflies, and alligators. Purple irises abound. Sound fills the air. And if you come at the right time, there is little to no problem with bugs. I certainly didn’t have to deal with mosquitos and the like.

The park is definitely worth the small $2/person entry fee. I’ll definitely visit again when I go back to Charleston.

Enjoyed this trail had 2 bridges over the swamp area and a look out over the lake .

hiking
4 months ago

I love walking here so much diversity and its the nicest flat hike in the state. Great way to get someone started hiking to bring them here.

So great!

Had a wonderful time. Trail is easy to follow, was able to see a lot of wild life and my kids enjoyed it. Will be coming back.

My family and I, wife and two kids ages 6 and 3 took a couple of hours to spend here hiking and enjoying the scenery. We saw a brown water snake a little off the beaten path sitting in a bed (swam off faster than I could take a pic!) and an awesome toad. Additionally, some great nature and history lessons along the way. A good wine to do if you want to get a quick one in if you only have the morning to spare.

The trail was clear and takes you past a view of the river. I went with my daughter and it was an easy hike

Hiked on 3/26/2018. Sunny mid 60’s and breezy. No bugs. Beautiful hike on levees of former rice plantation turned into wildlife refuge. Easy to navigate. Saw bald eagles, cranes, vultures, multiple smaller birds and 3 alligators. Once I got away from the highway, the only sounds I heard were birds and reeds rustling in the wind. Did not see anyone except one trail maintenance worker the whole time I was there.

Very nice hike. Look forward to seeing it in the late spring.

hiking
5 months ago

Excellent loop through a wide variety of habitats, about 2/3 shady forest and 1/3 sunny marshland. Also some interesting rice plantation history here. Trails are well-maintained and easy to follow, though this particular route is not well marked. Make sure you pick up a trail map at the gift shop and know how to read it. Good wildlife viewing; the fish were literally jumping out of the marsh pond on my visit. Winter is best for coming here due to the bugs and sun. Overall, best hike in Charleston County.

Good times !!

walking
5 months ago

It is not moderate. This is an easy trail that is level and very pretty.

Great paved, natural and pea gravel trails. Good for walking with the family and pooch. Mostly flat except the Nature Trail.

hiking
6 months 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.

walking
6 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful trail with plenty of bird watching opportunities. Very enjoyable even with winter temperatures.

hiking
7 months ago

Walked the Haigler Lake Loop yesterday with my family. We all loved it, especially our two kids (ages 9 & 11). The path was mostly wide and flat, made of sand and dirt. It’s a beautiful walk even in winter. We saw only a handful of people.

trail running
7 months ago

I love this area. It’s generally always open, inexpensive, and well maintained. There are both shaded and sunny areas and a few different trails to choose. We typically stay away from the forestland trails when it’s in the low fifties or has rained, opted for the sunnier trails.

hiking
8 months ago

5 mile round trip. View at the summit kinda blows. Too many trees. Cool forested hike to the top, though. A lot of inclining and declining, but never too difficult.

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