Explore the most popular trail running 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.

Climbed Table Rock on 1/9/19 with future son in law Jim. Try to climb early January each year to get the year off right. Cold but sunny day. Temp in mid 40s.
Love the climb. Strenuous is correct Well worth the view.

incomplete. damage to northern portion. southern portions good for walking, running, and walking dogs. northern portion still a bit sketch.

Good for birding and biking.

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.

mountain biking
2 days ago

1. Bring water
2. You're going to get muddy or wet
3. Bug spray if you plan on not standing still for more than a few seconds

I have hiked this trail several times over the years. It’s a fairly easy trail with some interesting landmarks. I have never been there when the trail was entirely, but I’ve never seen a huge crowd either. This trail is good for any season

hiking
3 days ago

The ranger was not exaggerating the amount of steps and elevation gain that are involved in this hike but as promised it has some great views. If you have knee hip or ankle issues be prepared for lots of uneven steps maybe consider using poles. We hiked this after a lot of rain so the trail was fairly muddy. No shortage of waterfalls to see on the way up. Lots of large boulders to stop and take a break. For SC this is a great option if you are looking for a challenge. Overall great hike.

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.

Great trail with kids or dogs!!

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!

Maritime forest with minimal upkeep, but highly disturbed trails. Expect minimal signage, wet feet (or legs if you're short), and hunters yo chase off all the wildlife. Suggest wearing bright colors for safety and don't bring any non-adventurous types. Expect that you will have to groom your pets after dull this hike. Probably really exciting during warmer months when gators and mosquitoes are more active. Save yourself the gas and find a better trail.

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.

Paved trail and great views. Worth doing this walk if you’re wanting inclines and declines

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

Loved this place. So beautiful and quiet. Also easy to hike for beginners and dogs that might not be used to much exercise.

The park itself was very clean with restrooms, water fountain, doggie waste bag stations, benches, porch swings and a large playground. The forest trail and river walk are paved while the nature trail is natural terrain. The only cons are horse poo and dog poo on trail, muddy and some of the hike was poorly marked although it was so short you couldn’t get lost. Spray paint trail markers would be helpful because there are a lot of short cuts on the trail that can get you off track. The falls themselves are very beautiful and I enjoyed the history lesson.

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.

01/07/19. The trail itself was easy to walk on; however there were quite a few areas that trees had fallen over the trail. Most were small pines that were easy to walk over; however, there some big trees that we had to climb over or crawl under in order to proceed on the trail. One switchback was completely blocked but we were able to cut through the forest to avoid the blockage and resume the trail.

Accessing Secret Falls (located on Crane Creek) is not easy. had it been a separate trail, I would rate it as HARD. The 50-60° incline was very difficult to transverse more so due to the mud and wet leaves. If you are prepared for a strenuous climb back to the trail, getting down and into the water is well worth the side trip.

We walked trail as an in-and-out so total hike was 7.1 miles and took about 5 hours, including breaks. Signage at the trailheads clearly state the trail is 3.5 miles one way.

Note: The campgrounds at the Cherry Hill Recreation Area are closed until 04/01/2019 and the gates closed/locked. Parking and the trailhead is accessible.

https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/scnfs/recreation/hiking/recarea/?recid=47163&actid=50

on Carrick Creek Loop

7 days ago

Nice little nature walk.

7 days ago

Great for the whole family! A hidden gem.

Great place to visit very flowey trails Pretty will maintain It is January 2019 right now and think its closed due to weather or the government shutdown not sure exactly We have had a lot of rain in the last month.

Very convenient view of the waterfall. The trail has some interesting things to see and has numerous placards telling history of the site.

Great easy going trail. Lots to see and a very good workout!

This might be one of my favorite hikes. The water is so pretty and the trail is well maintained and marked

This is actually a pretty under-rated trail. Its easy to get to, has a wide and gradual path, the Miuka Falls are very easy to access and admire, the switch backs are very forgiving offer great views and the Secret Falls are off the path if you want to explore. I hike this using the Secret Falls guide, but honestly whoever recorded that trail looks lost. The record line goes all over the place. These were some spectacular falls and I plan on returning in the spring! However, I believe this title is currently mislabeled and its an understandable mistake. The falls are "Miuka Falls" (but also called Cheohee Falls, not Cherry Falls) & Secret Falls. I believe that its a simple mispronunciation that has this titled as Cherry not Cheohee, because the falls feed Lake Cheohee. I put in for a edit request.

Quick Video of the Falls: https://youtu.be/9xiyI2N1fcA

Short but steep hike. If you’re not in great shape plan on frequent breaks on the way back up. Take your time and watch your step. It is worth the work!

Wow! We parked at the lot for Raven Cliff Falls as we intended on doing that hike. It was a busy day so we took a less populated trail instead. We consulted the park map and decided on Cold Spring Branch trail (orange blazes) to Bill Kimball trail (pink blazes). Cold Spring was beautiful - hilly in spots but filled with a gorgeous stream and mini waterfalls, along with huge Rhodedendrums (I think?). We had a tough time crossing the creek a few times as the trail crossed it but it was very fast and full. The Bill Kimball trail is ROUGH if you come at it uphill. We had our Golen Retriever with us and at a few spots my husband had to use his harness to lift him onto the rocks we were climbing on and traversing. Very cool rock face and an amazing trail overall. But lets just say you will definitely have earned your pizza and beer at the end of the day :)!

hiking
9 days ago

As the previous review mentioned there were several trees down and blocking the trail. It was troublesome at times, but the trail was clearly marked the waterfall was plentiful from the rain and it was a beautiful walk through nature.

After 2 days of rain the trail was a mess. We had to put logs in water @ mud to cross certain sections. Would only do it in dryer conditions

Nice easy scenic trail with views of the lake all around. Lots of rocks, roots, a few up and downs, but overall a good way to spend a couple of hours.

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