Best Trails Near Charleston SC

Charleston has 29 trails in the vicinity, including 22 hiking trails and 4 for mountain biking. These trails range from 0 to 61.8 miles in length. The longest trail in Charleston is Carolina Low County Challenge a well-known trail measuring 61.8 miles in total length.

The most popular trails are West Ashley Greenway, Swamp Fox Trail and Carolina Low County Challenge. Trails.com member Jean-Claude L. recently completed Edisto Nature Trail.

More information on the best trails in Charleston can be found below.
  • I'on Swamp

    2 Reviews

    Charleston, SC

    A walk along dikes through a swamp full of bird life, alligators, and beautiful bald cypresses. I’on Swamp Trail loops along a gridwork of dikes on what was once part of Witheywood Plantation, ...
    •  Day hike
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    A walk along dikes through a swamp full of bird life, alligators, and beautiful bald cypresses. I’on Swamp Trail loops along ...

  • Swamp Fox Trail

    2 Reviews

    Charleston, SC

    A long level, three-or-four day backpack through typical coastal pine forest and swampy wetlands. With a variety of hardwoods scattered through a forest largely made up of longleaf pines, the ...
    •  3 to 4 days
    •  42 miles
    •  Guide

    A long level, three-or-four day backpack through typical coastal pine forest and swampy wetlands. With a variety of hardwoods ...

  • Old Santee Canal State Historic Site

    2 Reviews

    Charleston, SC

    A pleasant walk along the shores of Biggin Creek and the Old Santee Canal where you can enjoy steep limestone bluffs overlooking swamps and a blackwater stream. The trees in the park typify the ...
    •  Day hike
    •  2.4 miles
    •  Guide

    A pleasant walk along the shores of Biggin Creek and the Old Santee Canal where you can enjoy steep limestone bluffs overlooking ...

  • Lake Moultrie Passage

    2 Reviews

    Charleston, SC

    A two to three day backpack around the eastern side of Lake Moultrie that offers panoramic views of Lake Moultrie, cypress-filled wetlands, and plentiful waterfowl habitat. Although much of the ...
    •  2 to 3 days
    •  28.4 miles
    •  Guide

    A two to three day backpack around the eastern side of Lake Moultrie that offers panoramic views of Lake Moultrie, cypress-filled ...

  • West Ashley Greenway

    1 Reviews

    Charleston, SC

    West Ashley Greenway parallels U.S. Highway 17 from South Windermere Shopping Center to Main Road, a few hundred yards short of the drawbridge over to Johns Island. This linear, grassy trail, ...
    •  21 miles
    •  Guide

    West Ashley Greenway parallels U.S. Highway 17 from South Windermere Shopping Center to Main Road, a few hundred yards short ...

  • Bull Island

    1 Reviews

    Charleston, SC

    A day's hike through forest and wetlands and along beaches on a barrier island. Expect alligators and an infinite variety of birds. Bull Island is a major component of the Cape Romain National ...
    •  Day hike
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    A day's hike through forest and wetlands and along beaches on a barrier island. Expect alligators and an infinite variety ...

  • Francis Beidler Forest

    1 Reviews

    Charleston, SC

    A boardwalk loop through a wetland wonderland containing the largest remaining bald cypress-tupelo swamp in the world. The 15,000+-acre sanctuary here, now managed by the National Audubon Society, ...
    •  Half a day
    •  1.5 miles
    •  Guide

    A boardwalk loop through a wetland wonderland containing the largest remaining bald cypress-tupelo swamp in the world. The ...

  • Sewee Shell Mound

    1 Reviews

    Charleston, SC

    A short walk through coastal woodland to ancient Native American shell mounds. The Sewee Shell Ring, about 4,000 years old and on the National Register of Historic Places, is a type of archeological ...
    •  Half a day
    •  1 miles
    •  Guide

    A short walk through coastal woodland to ancient Native American shell mounds. The Sewee Shell Ring, about 4,000 years old ...

  • Edisto Beach State park

    1 Reviews

    Charleston, SC

    Half a day's walk through a maritime forest to an ancient mound of seashells. Edisto Island, named after a local tribe, was inhabited by Native Americans for at least 4,000 years and was developed ...
    •  Half a day
    •  3.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Half a day's walk through a maritime forest to an ancient mound of seashells. Edisto Island, named after a local tribe, was ...

  • Charles Towne Landing

    0 Reviews

    Charleston, SC

    Come see where South Carolina was born and where the first Charleston colonists set up in 1670, at a preserved state historic site. The hike leads you first to the Animal Forest, where a variety ...
    •  1.5-2 hours
    •  2.6 miles
    •  Guide

    Come see where South Carolina was born and where the first Charleston colonists set up in 1670, at a preserved state historic ...

  • James Island County Park

    0 Reviews

    Charleston, SC

    This attractive park for active people sits on James Island, near the Stono River. Hikers enjoy a set of three interconnected paved pathways wandering the woods, fields, lakes, and marshes of ...
    •  2-2.5 hours
    •  3.4 miles
    •  Guide

    This attractive park for active people sits on James Island, near the Stono River. Hikers enjoy a set of three interconnected ...

  • Donnelly Wildlife Management Area

    0 Reviews

    Charleston, SC

    A walk along Boynton Nature Trail through forest and along dikes in the old ricefields of the former Mary's Island Plantation. Donnelly teems with natural attractions, including waterfowl, wildflowers, ...
    •  Half a day
    •  2.2 miles
    •  Guide

    A walk along Boynton Nature Trail through forest and along dikes in the old ricefields of the former Mary's Island Plantation. ...

  • Bear Island Wildlife Management Area

    0 Reviews

    Charleston, SC

    Up to three day's worth of hiking along old dikes in waterfowl-rich coastal marshes and through adjoining woodlands. Bear Island Wildlife Management Area features the state’s largest expanse ...
    •  1 to 3 days
    •  4.75 miles
    •  Guide

    Up to three day's worth of hiking along old dikes in waterfowl-rich coastal marshes and through adjoining woodlands. Bear ...

  • Edisto Nature Trail

    0 Reviews

    Charleston, SC

    A short nature walk through an extremely diverse forest. The trail features the historic King's Highway and an old phosphate operation. This excellently marked, well-maintained trail is provided ...
    •  Half a day
    •  1 miles
    •  Guide

    A short nature walk through an extremely diverse forest. The trail features the historic King's Highway and an old phosphate ...

  • Magnolia Gardens

    0 Reviews

    Charleston, SC

    Half a day's hike through 300-year old plantation garden, a 125-acre waterfowl refuge, and a 60-acre blackwater swamp garden. Magnolia Plantation is the centuries-old home of the Draytons, one ...
    •  Half a day
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    Half a day's hike through 300-year old plantation garden, a 125-acre waterfowl refuge, and a 60-acre blackwater swamp garden. ...

  • Marrington Plantation

    0 Reviews

    Charleston, SC

    A short nature trail through the wetlands of the Back River. The hiking experience at Marrington Plantation consists of a 1.1-mile-long interpretative trail, with associated boardwalks, piers, ...
    •  Half a day
    •  4.2 miles
    •  Guide

    A short nature trail through the wetlands of the Back River. The hiking experience at Marrington Plantation consists of a ...

  • Cypress Gardens

    0 Reviews

    Charleston, SC

    Half a day's walk through cultivated gardens and natural areas in a cypress-tupelo blackwater swamp. Cypress Gardens is a 163-acre blend of natural and exotic vegetation in the heart of Dean ...
    •  Half a day
    •  3.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Half a day's walk through cultivated gardens and natural areas in a cypress-tupelo blackwater swamp. Cypress Gardens is a ...

  • James Island County Park

    0 Reviews

    Charleston, SC

    Holy cow! The people of Charleston County are blessed to have such a magnificent park at the ready. The activities seem endless.
    •  0 miles
    •  Guide

    Holy cow! The people of Charleston County are blessed to have such a magnificent park at the ready. The activities seem ...

  • West Ashley Greenway

    0 Reviews

    Charleston, SC

    West Ashley Greenway is a hiking and biking trail in Charleston, South Carolina. It is 8.1 miles long and begins at 7 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 16.2 miles with a total elevation ...
    •  8.1 miles

    West Ashley Greenway is a hiking and biking trail in Charleston, South Carolina. It is 8.1 miles long and begins at 7 feet ...

  • High Battery

    0 Reviews

    Charleston, SC

    High Battery is a hiking trail in Charleston, South Carolina. It is 0.3 miles long and begins at 0 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.6 miles with a total elevation gain of one foot. ...
    •  0.3 miles

    High Battery is a hiking trail in Charleston, South Carolina. It is 0.3 miles long and begins at 0 feet altitude. Traveling ...

  • Low Battery

    0 Reviews

    Charleston, SC

    Low Battery is a hiking trail in Charleston, South Carolina. It is 0.9 miles long and begins at 0 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 0 feet. ...
    •  0.9 miles

    Low Battery is a hiking trail in Charleston, South Carolina. It is 0.9 miles long and begins at 0 feet altitude. Traveling ...

  • East Bay Bike Path

    0 Reviews

    Charleston, SC

    East Bay Bike Path is a hiking and biking trail in Charleston, South Carolina. It is 0.6 miles long and begins at 7 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.1 miles with a total elevation ...
    •  0.6 miles

    East Bay Bike Path is a hiking and biking trail in Charleston, South Carolina. It is 0.6 miles long and begins at 7 feet ...

  • South Tibwin Loop

    0 Reviews

    Charleston, SC

    South Tibwin is a 600-acre tract of managed wetlands used primarily for wildlife viewing. Mountain bike access is allowed only on the designated loop described here. In this part of Francis Marion ...
    •  2.7 miles
    •  Guide

    South Tibwin is a 600-acre tract of managed wetlands used primarily for wildlife viewing. Mountain bike access is allowed ...

  • Swamp Fox Trail

    0 Reviews

    Charleston, SC

    The Swamp Fox Trail, part of South Carolina’s rail-trail system, follows old railroad logging trams for much of its length. You will need some patience to deal with the jolting of one bumpy stretch ...
    •  13.3 miles
    •  Guide

    The Swamp Fox Trail, part of South Carolina’s rail-trail system, follows old railroad logging trams for much of its length. ...

  • Lake Moultrie Passage

    0 Reviews

    Charleston, SC

    This long trail incorporates Santee-Cooper’s dike system to provide a flat ride around the northern half of Lake Moultrie. You will be rewarded with views across the lake when you reach the top ...
    •  60 miles
    •  Guide

    This long trail incorporates Santee-Cooper’s dike system to provide a flat ride around the northern half of Lake Moultrie. ...