Old Loop Trail

Dorchester, South Carolina

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This circuit hike wanders a little known lesser-visited parcel of Givhans Ferry State Park. Here, a doubletrack path circles the perimeter of upland forest where nature reigns and nothing but the natural world meets the eye. After starting at the park entrance at Givhans Ferry Road, you will circle the tract and return to Givhans Ferry Road. A walk along a mown strip beside Givhans Ferry Road leads you to the trailhead. Sometimes when walking through seemingly pristine forests in local, state, or national parks, we imagine the lands being that way since time immemorial. That is certainly not the case here at Givhans Ferry State Park. While you walk the Old Loop Trail, the emphasis should be on the word old, for Givhans Ferry has been an integral part of South Carolina history. Situated along the banks of the river aboriginals called “Adusta” for its dark tint, the land along the Edisto became settled when 1700s colonists began spreading landward from Charleston. This bluff, at the river crossing of an Indian trail, was a logical homesite.
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by Johnny Molloy (Falcon Guides)

This circuit hike wanders a little known lesser-visited parcel of Givhans Ferry State Park. Here, a doubletrack path circles the perimeter of upland forest where nature reigns and nothing but the natural world meets the eye. After starting at the park entrance at Givhans Ferry Road, you will circle the tract and return to Givhans Ferry Road. A walk along a mown strip beside Givhans Ferry Road leads you to the trailhead.

Sometimes when walking through seemingly pristine forests in local, state, or national parks, we imagine the lands being that way since time immemorial. That is certainly not the case here at Givhans Ferry State Park. While you walk the Old Loop Trail, the emphasis should be on the word old, for Givhans Ferry has been an integral part of South Carolina history. Situated along the banks of the river aboriginals called “Adusta” for its dark tint, the land along the Edisto became settled when 1700s colonists began spreading landward from Charleston. This bluff, at the river crossing of an Indian trail, was a logical homesite.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Dorchester
Distance: 5.1
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 2.5- 3 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Givhans Ferry State Park, 746 Givhans Ferry Rd., Ridgeville, SC 29472, (843) 873-0692, southcarolinaparks .com
Local Maps: Givhans Ferry State Park; USGS Maple Cane Swamp, Ridgeville
Driving Directions: Directions to Old Loop Trail

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