Explore the most popular paddle sports 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 running
2 days ago

Great scenery with a little bit of history. The pavement is well taken care of.

For the most part, it’s an easy trail with a few steep incline hills

7 days ago

Love this trail for a quick walk in the wilderness. This is a must see for people visiting the area. Mosquitos were not too bad big bug spray is a must. Saw a few turtles, snakes, and deer on todays trip.

13 days ago

This trail has been on my list for a long time. Unfortunately I was a little disappointed. Full disclosure I should know better than to expect a relaxing hike in a swamp in July. The mosquitos actually weren’t too bad unless you stopped walking then it was all out warfare. The trail itself was very hard to follow in a few areas due to detours from downed trees. Saw some wildlife during this trip snakes, hogs, lots of spiders.

Nice urban trail. It's paved so should have worn running shoes instead of our hiking boots

24 days ago

Nice boardwalk trail. The loop to Weston Lake was partially flooded and had some downed trees from wind damage. The old growth trees are awesome.

Really nice part of Rock Hill

Nice location for river activities, but most of the hiking trail is private property. You get a mile loop at most.

Great Trail!

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

Mostly flooded when I went. Boardwalk and camping area were clear. Beautifully maintained.

nature trips
2 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.

Nice trail.part of the loop is flooded out. Very unique scenery.

It close and good

Fantastic trail. Always take the in laws here with the kids. It’s a great loop.

3 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.

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.

This is my favorite trail in the Columbia area. It's absolutely beautiful and very scenic. Lots of dogs on the trail.

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.

This a great quick and easy trail for all ages. We went with a big group of friends including four kids 3-4 years old and had no problems at all with the trail. Everyone still had enough energy to go and play by the lake for an hour after we were done!

3 months ago

This is a great trail that winds through some unfamiliar swampland. Extensive storm damage with fallen trees causes quite a few diversions from the "normal" route, but trail markers are frequent and updated making it difficult to get lost. It gets a little buggy near the river, so wear bug spray, but the views are beautiful. Dog friendly, and easy to run so long as you don't mind hopping a few downed trees.

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??

4 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.

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

Very scenic. Really enjoyable!

5 months ago

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.

5 months ago

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

6 months ago

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

6 months ago

Easy hike. Went during the winter and only saw a few others. Great scenery!

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