Explore the most popular partially paved 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.

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

Nice loop trail with a portion of it providing lake views. Well maintained and partially paved. Very well marked. Moderately trafficked for a winter hike. Great option considering it’s in the middle of the capitol city.

Nice, flat loop around Sesquicentennial Lake. Well-marked with white plastic diamonds bearing black arrows. Very popular with casual hikers and dog-walkers. Lake only in view for about 1/4 of the loop. Not a bad trail considering the lack of hiking options around Columbia.

16 days ago

Beautiful and tranquil walk. Very easy. Stroller accessible. Many families with dogs, strollers, children on bikes. Wonderful place to spend an afternoon.

easy trail around the lake. only a few other walkers with dogs. Also good for trail running.

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.

My heart and soul is on this trail! I will continue to visit it as long as im able!

Easy trail. It’s paved.

Nice stroll. Easy paths and well marked trail. about 1/4 mile of lake view. Otherwise it's mostly forest.

Have always loved this quick getaway when you don’t have time to drive to the mountains. Great short loops for beginners, highly recommend if you want some nice views and if you just started hiking.

Fun and easy trail for hiking and bird watching. We saw an eagle in its nest on our last visit. You can also work your way to the middle of the Catawba river by rock hopping in some spots. Enjoy!

trail running
1 month ago

Great trail system right in town. So many short loops can get confusing. But you really can't get lost.

took my dogs out for a walk on the yellow loop and also did part of the red/green trail. I really enjoyed the uphill part of it and it definitely tired my dogs out. can't wait to try the rest of them

trail running
1 month ago

Had a great, easy run! Beautiful scenery. Most of the trail was blocked off, probably from hurricane damage; would like to do it again once the whole trail is available!

trail running
1 month ago

Started a 10 mile out and back at Alston Trailhead near the Peak Pharmacy. Wide trail, not technically difficult, flat with numerous bridge crossings. Boardwalk in good shape with a few areas in need of repair; do watch your feet on the bridges. Past peak leaf season today but still very pretty. Next year will try to come a few weeks earlier. Consider stopping at George's Grocery(around mile 6.5 from the start) if you need some refreshment. Watched some YouTube video before going and they are spot on.

Great trail, rode my new bike for the first time.

Easy trail that allows for a history lesson as well.

Great trails with many dogs along the way.
A little slick from all of the rain. Mud and branches need to be cleared from some of the wooden walkways. My Golden Retriever enjoyed it .

Great trail to take my Golden Retriever. Many other dogs well behaved on the trails.
It was slick in a few places on the trail because of all of the rain in the area.
Some mud and branches need to be cleared off of the wooden pathways and bridges.
Great location within a baseball park, dog park, playground picnic tables

This is my go to for walking or running. I love it!

There are several routes to choose from. .8 miles to about 6. It’s just a dirt path through the woods so you need to watch your step. But nice for only $1 per person. There is a small dirt bike ramp track at the beginning of the trail.

trail running
2 months ago

Beautiful fall views along the trail. Great places to take pictures. Trail was marked and very easy run.

Love the view! Very flat concrete path across the dam. Of course, I found the one piece of broken concrete when I went walking at sundown and came back across in the dark. Twisted my ankle a little. If you park on the Lexington side, it is free and you can make a bathroom stop and rest under one of the covered picnic areas on the Irmo side.

nice flat path I. and out slow pace took 1 1/2 hours

Nice place! It’s a community trail. Paved.

This is unquestionably a bike trail, no where near a hike. The majority of the paved path is adjacent or eye shot away from the main roads. This is definitely more enjoyable if biked and stopped along the way at the quaint areas, like Traveler’s Rest for food and drink. Overall this path is more about the distance and less about the scenery.

This trail or system of trails is so close to my house, that I really wanted to like it. But I would have to say for my first time there today, I was a little disappointed. The concept of the trails is great! It’s a very large area that prior to being turned into trails was just sitting there swampy, unused and unknown. Now it brings a lot of people out. And that’s great. There are a variety of trails: paved trails, boardwalks, and dirt trails. So far so good, but the signage to tell you where to go is confusing. And the Maps saying “you are here“ are strangely disorienting. Go and try it out yourself. I certainly will go back, even with these concerns.

we went all the way to the dam and old factory and the back. over 4 miles. But really appreciate the improved trails and boardwalk. Wonderful hike!!

More for long walks and exercise than it is actual hiking or backpacking. Trail is paved the entire way, very well maintained. I love their exercise circuit area, wish they had a pull-up bar. It is long so take a couple bottles of water and a couple snacks and enjoy the day.

I am fortunate that I live close enough to this trail to walk it on a regular basis. Don't miss the rose garden near the student center or the koi pond near the amphitheater.

This is a very easy trail. Good for families

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