Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

First real hike in SC. We're from Colorado so we have plenty of trail time. Nice li'l hike. The gate to the summit was closed so we respected it, but I wish we hadn't. We'll go back just to say we did it. Our first 3er! The trail was more steep than I expected. It broke my niece's will to walk. Not as challenging as the high country in the Rockies but the humidity did add a layer of difficulty. I look forward to many more of these day hikes.

The swinging bridge is closed as well as the blue star trail where it intersects north sugar creek

Worth the hike to the falls. Not to steep some climbing nothing to hard, our 3 year old loved it. Our dog enjoyed it as well. wear closed toe shoes very wet trail. Take water with you as well. Well maintained tail and very well marked. if you haven't been deff worth the trip!!! lots of wildlife & birds.

This trail is extremely steep going up and coming down. Once you get to the top, it’s fairly level but it’s hard to find the trail. The trail is covered with leaves, making it slippery. Hiking poles are a must for the decent. The waterfall is beautiful.

trail running
2 days ago

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

This was my first hike on July 10th 2018 and this was great. The trail was well maintained and the scenery was beautiful.

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

Definitely a bit challenging with the roots and some steep terrain but 100% worth it for the beautiful waterfall!!

Beautiful falls. Very steep elevation over short distance. Please be in decent shape to enjoy this.

As good as it gets for a medium hike. It is very strenuous and steep, and you must traverse roots and rocks, but there are some easy inclines and declines along the way.
It was brutally hot and bug-infested the day I went. The payoff is worth it. The trail of s decently marked and maintained. Keep to the left, when in doubt, on the way up. Look up from the bottom of the falls by taking a small steep trail.
One of my favorites in SC!

Nice late morning hike. Saw turtles, millipedes, and lots of fungi. Beautiful view of the rapids.

This is no joke. The hike is beautiful and my legs felt like Jello. It was intense but I am so glad I did it! My legs hurt for three days later. haha

This is one of my all time favorite trails. It’s a moderate out and back but fairly strenuous if you take the Dismal trail to make it a loop. There are a few excellent spots for picnics and swimming above the falls and the view from the suspension bridge can’t be beat. Definitely bring plenty of water and something to eat.

My favorite for a day of ball-busting exercise. Regardless of my fitness level, I have always been drenched in sweat, and exhausted by the time I reach the parking areas. Everything up until Bill Kimball is pretty easy/flat. The first bit of Bill Kimball is pretty flat, and a little overgrown in area, though well blazed. But once you start ascending, it’s 35 minutes of exhilarating torture.

I recommend hiking from Jones Gap to Coldspring Branch to Bill Kimball and out in a clockwise fashion. Making Bill Kimball a steep ascent rather than descent. Make sure you have water.

Nice hike...did the orange trail. A lot of up hill on this trail!

walking
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.

hiking
7 days ago

Some road noise at first but well marked and maintained. Some not so easy uphill and downhill parts if you are trying it with 4 children under the age of 4! Nice little waterfalls.

Very nice park! Would be more comfortable if maps were clearer or an app was interactive. It was difficult to know where I was and how much further to complete the loop. Great place to bike or run with plenty of shade!

Walked the big loop(3.5 Miles) and enjoyed the sights. Surprisingly, for a swamp, there weren’t many mosquitoes. We used bug spray, but I only had about 4 bits at the end of 2 hours! It was dry when we were there this past weekend 6-29, but can imagine it can become impossible to finish the loop when wet.

Short but tough hike. The falls are beautiful with an option to hike higher and see more of the falls! I would not recommend taking your toddler like I did :)

Beautiful woods and flowers/mushrooms, but not a great hike with the kids. It is challenging (3 big vertical sections if you do the whole thing), but our kids were fine with that. The main issue was that the trails desperately need some clearing (especially the Cedar Rock portion). You are definitely going to walk through lots of weedy portions, including poison ivy and poison oak and there are portions of the trail you really can’t get around it, so wear pants, high socks, and your boots.

hiking
9 days ago

This is a very steep trail and at times you have to almost crawl up the rocks. It is tough going up, but totally beautiful once you get there. There were dogs that made it all the way up. Going down is a breeze compared to the trip up.

hiking
10 days ago

We had a lot of fun hiking to these beautiful falls.

Nice gradual incline coming from 13th street bridge to end on bike. Great recovery speed at turn around on back. Great trail with incorporating the Augusta White Water Canal trail making a good 28.2 mile travel.

Beautiful fall in a nice park. Nice hike--the blue loop trail was a bit grown up though. The falls felt great to get into after walking both the Orange and blue loops.

Nice calm and relaxing trail. Great natural scenery including fish, Great Blue Herons, turtles, Hawks, Deer, etc.

This trail really needs to be reviewed in sections, preferably from Scott Lynch's book. Some parts are definitely moderate with long stretches of trail that is smooth, easy, and crazy beautiful. Other parts are steep switchbacks with big trees to crabwalk under or scrabble over.
A friend and I did 35 miles, starting at Oconee and ending just before Whitewater Falls. Outrageously beautiful - all the streams and creeks were running, and the Chattooga was raging. Waterfalls everywhere! Mushrooms of all colors, waterfalls of ferns, every moss and lichen, blooming rhododendrons, We were glad we had planned low miles so we could stop to explore and take pictures.
My caution would be that it was hot with very high humidity, and we almost couldn't drink enough water to stay hydrated.
We will be back to do more.

This trail is ridiculous and amazing rolled into one! We did the loop with Dismal at the end and it was tough! I would definitely recommend getting Dismal out of the way first. Natraland was the best part and full of fun obstacles. Bring plenty of water and wear legit hiking shoes! Highly recommend.

This trail was not as easy as I thought it would be! Great workout for me.

I agree with the other reviewers on this hike. The trail is well marked and maintained. The loop is Hard and not for those expecting a brief or moderate experience. Make sure that you have plenty of water to keep hydrated (I went through 3 full liters) and food to give you energy. Great trail and sense of accomplishment. I would do it again!

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