Explore the most popular wild flowers 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.

The reward at the end is definitely worth the hike! My children (ages 6-13) and I completed this in November. I would give this a "moderate" instead of difficult rating for anyone who hikes even as little as bi-monthly.

mountain biking
3 days ago

A great place to ride...when you come out of the woods, turn around and go the opposite way, its a whole different trail! Great workout on your mountain bike, and there is another trail on the bluff that runs along two knotch road. The bigger the tires the better as there is a lot of sand that is deep in some places. Add the 3 mile double track as a warm up and cool down and you can easily ride 12 plus miles. When you cant ride at Harbison due to rain...go check out Sesqui!

Very hard not an easy trek for beginners

Excellent place to see the beauty of the Lowcountry

The rock ledge overlooking the lake offers some really nice views.

Strenuous but totally worth it. The falls are beautiful

Uphill battle to reach the falls but they are amazing and well worth the trip! plus it's all downhill from there.

Hermit thrush, black & white warbler, downy woodpecker, chickadees, robins, and heard parulas ..... and gators!

8 days ago

Very nice hike. Beautiful falls.

Wonderful hike with an incredible reward at the end. Highly recommended!

Not as hard as you might think. Pick a nice clear day to enjoy the views. Great trail.

Beautiful waterfall! There are a few places that you have to cross the creek on rocks. Not a huge deal but something that would be better in warm weather. The falls were absolutely beautiful. The trail was clean and marked. We will definitely be headed to see them in the summer!

8 days ago

Nice little trail that's close to home. There is a neat swampy area with lots of diff bird species.

Great hike. Dogs and humans enjoyed it very much!

Trail is very well maintained! For being right outside of Charleston, it’s perfect to get away for the day and go hiking. The trail is fairly easy to walk - some roots and soft marsh spots. Also, love that it’s dog friendly!! We took our two dogs and had a blast. There were quite a bit of people out walking with their dogs and riding bikes, so it gets some traffic on the weekends. Definitely a hidden gem!

Evil and mean on the knees! Can’t wait to do it again

Two years ago- went in late March
Hike the the suspension bridge is moderate with some navigating over huge rocks on the trail. The bride is fun but going down the ladders that are directly beyond the bridge now that’s fun. Face to the mud, narrow trail to place my rather long feet- hey no sweat! Maybe a little. After the bridge we went down down down.. then came the Cathedral Wall. which was releasing chunks of ice upon our heads. If the ice inland melted off the cathedral wall or be prepared to deal with icy slippery conditions - had to inch our way across the wall or army crawl on a downward ice covered hill.
I’m too old for this!
Followed the pink trail to the bottom the shimmy cables were out at the bottom so we rock hopped across the river, well I hopped and slipped got a tad wet. THEN the dismal trail was exactly that DISMAL, I swear my life flashed before my eyes because when that sun dipped behind the tress it got dark fast.
Then my hip flexors stopped working. Yep sat on the dark for 3 hours until Wren and the crew showed up! The guy they call Mule, he was carrying a large plastic boat or stretcher wanted to take me back down to the river where I had recently baptized myself. I just couldn’t do it. So the whole crew just walked with me one miserable step at a time ALL THE WAY OUT, took 3 hours, I should have jumped in Mules boat!
Anyway- make sure your hips and knees are piled up- it’s not for those of us who spend too much time sitting at a desk
BY THE WAY- I thought Dismal was closed, like gone washed away. Anyone know for certain that it’s open?
UPDATE: I left my office job joined the gym and I know I won’t be needing Mules help in the future. Nice big bearded fella tho- and if your offered a ride in his boat, #justdoit.

My dad and I did this hike today. We took others’ advice and did the blue to pink to purple, but honestly next time I’d probably go the opposite! I agree with other hikers- dog friendly, but the three ladders could be an issue-only one was for us (we had to hoist up the heavy fur child for one as it was too steep for her to even go around). Otherwise, an awesome hike. Worth the time. For my dad and I (my dad is 65) we still completed in just over 5 hours and we took plenty of breaks. Do it!

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

loved it, except for the dogs behind the fence. ☺

Beautiful waterfalls

Second trip to this trail in a week. First time I didn’t make it to the falls because I had had just work d 8 hours (3rd shift) so I was too fatigued. Second time made it to the falls and it was awesome! Got some long exposures with my big camera - really beautiful 50’ falls
Trail is NOT moderate! Even the teens on the trail said it was strenuous. Trekking poles are essential if you’re older or have knee, hips or balance issues

Great hike, take snacks and plenty of water! Took us just shy of five hours but we stopped at the bottom for a lunch break. This is major workout and your muscles will feel it the next day. I stopped at the visitor center and bought an "I survived dismal loop" t-shirt!

Wonderful walk

14 days ago

My dogs loved this hike. The water at the end is really pretty - especially in the morning sun. The only bummer is that the trail is REALLY undefined. There are some blue flags along some portions of the trail to mark it but the rest is difficult to discern. (By the way - I didn't think the litter was as bad as some reviews indicated.)

The trail length is around 5 miles total. Pretty hike.

uphill almost the entire way with some rock scrambling ... great hike with amazing views!

great hike in, the trails were well keep at the traffic in and out was light. the waterfall was pretty far away, I plan on doing the dismal section of the falls for better view next time.

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