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over grown
3 days ago

a lot of trees down and very indistinct trails. it's beautiful, but be prepared to put a lot of effort in and wear waterproof shoes with good treads

washed out
4 days ago

the low point of the trail is currently washed out

9 days ago

Good elevation trail. Steep going down. Gorgeous views!

1 month ago

It’s a nice trail along the river that’s pretty easy. Wish it looped back, but otherwise very nice!

Very enjoyable trail. A lot of interesting geological features, a waterfall, and don’t forget about the grotto! And it connects into Cougar Trail which is great.

One of my favorite trails ever - there’s no grand overlook or anything like that, but it’s just a lot of fun! I always see mushrooms, plenty of animals, and it’s just a very nice area. My caution would be that if you do the whole trail - it’s not that easy. There will be one big incline you encounter. But you’ll enjoy it!

1 month ago

This is a great trail, but it’s not easy. You’re going up 500 ft in elevation over a relatively short distance. That being said, it’s a fun trail - though I wish the ‘overlook’ was a little better than what the name might suggest. Still a very fun spot! My suggestion is to not head back down the mountain as the trail suggests but instead follow a short path that keeps you on the ridge line. You won’t be disappointed! (And it does come out somewhere)

I’ll definitely take it versus pavement all day, but it’s more of a gravel road than a trail. The views were a little obscured when I went up during the summertime but it’s still very enjoyable, especially if you have a little time to kill in town. It’s not a hard hike, I’d say 3/5 on difficulty and it’s short. Wish it looped somewhere.

Fun little walk close to downtown. The trail is clean and stroller accessible.

Great trail with amazing view of Charleston from the top. Trailhead is walking distance from downtown.

4 months ago

My wife and I took our 3 kids and our dog up this trail today and then came back down on Teaberry Rock Trail. The uphill portion of Alligator Rock got a little challenging for our littlest one (5yo) but he didn't complain. The fallen leaves add a challenge to judging your steps, so just be careful.

Nice and easy stroll.

The trail is in no way "easy". It's a straight climb to the top of the hill. The trail was hard to navigate and seems to disappear half way up the hill.

This was a nice walk, it would be good for bringing kids or dogs. It was a bit rocky and muddy in some places, so I’m glad i wore hiking boots instead of my thin-soled walking shoes. I didn’t think the trailhead was hard to find, Google Maps led me straight to the small gravel lot at the trailhead, and the beginning and the end of the loop was marked on both sides of the road. The entrance on the parking side of the road is closer to the Devil’s Tea Table. Once you’re on the loop, the trail intersects with a few others, but they’re labeled too, so it’s not hard to stay on course. After completing the loop, I also walked the Cascade Trail since its trailhead was also by the parking pad, which led me downhill to the creek. Very pretty and peaceful and would recommend as a side excursion.

This is a really cool trail. My 8-year old was a little nervous in spots, because it gets narrow and has a steep drop off. Towards the end of the trail it wasn’t clear where to go so we just turned around. I would definitely do it again though!

Nice trail, well kept.

This trail starts from the archery area with about half a mile of an uphill trek. Once at the top, I hiked a bit just to discover a tree down, making the trail impassible. I had to turn around and come back down the crazy hill.

Great trail, definitely a little more challenging than easy. Signage is lacking some or I would have given it 5 stars.

6 months ago

Love the Carriage Trail. A green urban oasis near downtown Charleston. If you are a resident, it’s terrific to incorporate into a regular routine of walking or running. If you are visiting, it is a fun thing to check out. Some local history, plus easy access to downtown for a coffee at the independent local bookstore, or an ice cream at a locally owned shop on Capitol street afterwards.

Nice and easy walk. Suitable for all levels.

Had a great time with the dogs. My older lab had a little trouble on the inclines so old bones beware!

Go to one miler for the family. My 3 year old easily keeps up and can climb up to the top of the rock formation. Not blazed but the path is really clear.

I'm sentimental about this trail - I hiked it as a kid many times. That, coupled with the natural beauty make it worth anyone's while to take a walk on it.

Not "easy" 1500 feet of elevation change. The return portion is a stream. Trail need some help some down trees.

Really enjoyed this trail with my two year old and my husband.

8 months ago

I take my dog out on this in the summer because there is a nice stream for her to cool off in. After you pass the camping area you do not have to have a lash on your dog.

8 months ago

This trail is 2 miles not 1 1/2, and is moderate not easy. I started at the archery range entrance which was an uphill climb. It does level off after about 3/4 of a mile. I will definitely do this again but will start at the other end of the trail.

8 months ago

Nice easy trail. Mostly in the shade. You do hear a lot of interstate noise though.

Nice easy trail. Mostly shaded but a lot of noise from I-79.

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