Best trails in Salem

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Looking for a great trail near Salem, South Carolina? AllTrails has 11 great hiking trails, forest trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Gorges State Park or Table Rock State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Stumphouse Mountain Bike Park or Blue Valley Experimental Forest. Ready for some activity? There are 6 moderate trails in Salem ranging from 4.2 to 13.2 miles and from 1,925 to 2,657 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Top trails (11)
#1 - Lower Whitewater Falls
Sumter National Forest
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 17 m
Lower Whitewater Falls trail is located off of Bad Creek Rd. The parking lot, and part of the trails in this area, are maintained by Duke Energy Co. From this trailhead, you can hike to both Upper andShow more
#2 - Bad Creek Trailhead to Upper Whitewater Falls
Nantahala National Forest
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Length: 6.2 mi • Est. 3 h 17 m
The hike from the parking area at the Bad Creek Trailhead and follows the Whitewater River upsteam ending at Upper Whitewater Falls. The falls have a 400 feet drop and are easily accessible by most foShow more
#3 - Oconee Bells Nature Trail
Devils Fork State Park
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Length: 1 mi • Est. 30 m
Relaxing, peaceful hike thru a beautiful forest; Oconee Bell viewing in spring This is a great trail for families and those who wish to see the 'rare' Oconee Bell. They have guided hikes around ApriShow more
#4 - Foothills Trail: Bad Creek to Bearcamp Falls & Lower Whitewater Falls
Pisgah National Forest
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Length: 13.2 mi • Est. 7 h 15 m
Foothills Trail: Bad Creek to Bearcamp Falls & Lower Whitewater Falls is a 13.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Salem, South Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated Show more
#5 - Thompson River via Foothills Trail
Nantahala National Forest
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Length: 6.8 mi • Est. 3 h 38 m
Thompson River via Foothills Trail is a 6.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Salem, South Carolina that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number oShow more
#6 - Foothills Trail: Bad Creek A7 to Bear Gap
Nantahala National Forest
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Length: 11.8 mi • Est. 6 h 17 m
Foothills Trail: Bad Creek A7 to Bear Gap is a 11.8 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Salem, South Carolina that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. ThShow more
#7 - Hilliard Falls
Nantahala National Forest
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 51 m
Hilliard Falls is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Salem, South Carolina that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hikShow more
#8 - Coon Branch via Bad Creek to Foothills Trail
Sumter National Forest
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 28 m
Coon Branch via Bad Creek to Foothills Trail is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Salem, South Carolina that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill leShow more
#9 - Keowee Key Marina Walking Trail
Salem, South Carolina
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 1 m
Keowee Key Marina Walking Trail is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Salem, South Carolina that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily Show more
#10 - Musterground Road Trail [CLOSED]
Sumter National Forest
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Length: 12.8 mi • Est. 6 h 54 m
It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information.Show more
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