Best Trails of South Carolina

This list represents the most popular trails in South Carolina. Use this list to plan your next South Carolina outdoor trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Table Rock State Park


A very difficult but immensely rewarding day hike featuring spectacular views from the top of the dramatic cliffs of Table Rock Mountain, as wall as a visit to the summit of Pinnacle Mountain. Table R…
From the guidebook "Hiking South Carolina"
Greenville, SC - Hiking - 10 miles Best Trail in sc - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#2. Burrells Ford Campground


Before the Chattooga was declared a wild and scenic river, campers could drive all the way to Burrells Ford Campground. But since its inclusion as a wild and scenic river, a protective corridor has be…
From the guidebook "The Best In Tent Camping: The Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains"
Mountain Rest, SC - Campgrounds Best Trail in sc - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#3. Jones Gap Trail


A relatively easy day hike along the scenic Middle Saluda River from Jones Gap State Park to Caesar's Head State Park. The Jones Gap Trail is full of delights, chief of which is the relative ease of t…
From the guidebook "Hiking South Carolina"
Greenville, SC - Hiking - 10.6 miles Best Trail in sc - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#4. Raven Cliff Falls


A day hike to one of the highest and most scenic cascades in the eastern United States. Raven Cliff Falls was an extraordinarily popular hiking destination even before a swinging footbridge was recent…
From the guidebook "Hiking South Carolina"
Greenville, SC - Hiking - 6.6 miles Best Trail in sc - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#5. Chattooga Trail


A two day backpack on an undulating trail along the Chattooga river; a pristine National Wild and Scenic River. The Chattooga is a wild, rushing river with crashing waterfalls, coves lush with mountai…
From the guidebook "Hiking South Carolina"
Walhalla, SC - Backpacking, Hiking - 15 miles Best Trail in sc - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#6. Falls Creek Trail - Hospital Rock Trail


An extremely rugged day hike along a mountain trail with great views, particularly of splendid Falls Creek Falls. This is a tough one, one of the most difficult hikes in South Carolina. The rewards, h…
From the guidebook "Hiking South Carolina"
Greenville, SC - Hiking - 6.1 miles Best Trail in sc - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#7. Kings Mountain


A two-day hike through shaded hardwood forest over ridges, down rocky ravines and across numerous brooks and streams. This hike runs through the southern portion of the Kings Mountain Range, a small s…
From the guidebook "Hiking South Carolina"
Rock Hill, SC - Backpacking, Hiking - 14.5 miles Best Trail in sc - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#8. Huntington Beach State Park


Campers come to Huntington Beach for a variety of reasons. Many enjoy the beach and other natural aspects of this 2,500-acre preserve in a fast-developing coast. Others relax in the campground after s…
From the guidebook "The Best In Tent Camping: The Carolinas"
Myrtle Beach, SC - Campgrounds Best Trail in sc - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#9. Issaqueena Lake Trail


This trail is the most popular ride at Issaqueena Lake, and for good reason. The extremely fast singletrack combined with the scenic miles along the lake make an excellent ride. Before you begin this…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking South Carolina"
Clemson, SC - Mountain Biking - 7.8 miles Best Trail in sc - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#10. Anne Springs Close Greenway


Moderately hilly trails through diverse terrain, from open fields to hardwood forest and rocky creek bottoms. Serving as a buffer between the town of Fort Mill and the Charlotte metropolitan area just…
From the guidebook "Hiking South Carolina"
Fort Mill, SC - Hiking, Horseback Riding - 14.6 miles Best Trail in sc - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#11. Congaree Swamp


A variety of hikes through one of the last unlogged bottomland swamps in the United States, offering huge trees and plentiful wildlife viewing. Congaree Swamp National Monument, in the heart of the Co…
From the guidebook "Hiking South Carolina"
Columbia, SC - Hiking - 2.8 miles Best Trail in sc - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#12. Rim of the Gap Trail


Outstanding views of Jones Gap, including Cleveland Cliff and Rainbow Falls, combine with spring wildflowers and autumn colors to make this linear trail one of the finest day hikes in the state. The…
From the guidebook "Hiking South Carolina"
Greenville, SC - Hiking - 10.4 miles Best Trail in sc - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#13. Devils Fork State Park


Have you ever seen Lake Jocassee? Others may disagree, but I believe this impoundment to be South Carolina’s most beautiful lake. A richly forested shoreline overlooks emerald water against a backdrop…
From the guidebook "The Best In Tent Camping: The Carolinas"
Salem, SC - Campgrounds - 0 Best Trail in sc - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#14. Huntington Beach State Park


A day hike through freshwater and saltwater marshes, pristine sandy beaches, and maritime forests in one of the state's most generous bird habitats. Huntington Beach State Park is a relatively seclude…
From the guidebook "Hiking South Carolina"
Myrtle Beach, SC - Hiking - 8.7 miles Best Trail in sc - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#15. Paris Mountain State Park


A rugged half day's hike on a mountain trail at the edge of South Carolina's largest metropolitan area. Paris Mountain is a monadnock, an immense rock that endured when the mountains around it weather…
From the guidebook "Hiking South Carolina"
Greenville, SC - Hiking - 6 miles Best Trail in sc - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#16. Hunting Island State Park


Beachfront property is expensive and in high demand these days, making ocean camping a difficult proposition in some places.…
From the guidebook "The Best In Tent Camping: The Carolinas"
Lockhart, SC - Campgrounds Best Trail in sc - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#17. Kings Mountain State Park


Did you know that more Revolutionary War battles took place in South Carolina than in any other state? Take the Battle of Kings Mountain, which took place on October 7, 1780, and is considered the tur…
From the guidebook "The Best In Tent Camping: The Carolinas"
Kings Mountain National Military Park, SC - Campgrounds Best Trail in sc - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#18. Foothills Trail, Sassafras Mountain Segment


A one or two-day hike to the summit of South Carolina's highest mountain and down to Laurel Valley and the Jocassee Gorges area. Follow the trail along Carrick Creek toward Pinnacle Mountain over gent…
From the guidebook "Hiking South Carolina"
Pickens, SC - Backpacking, Hiking - 14.1 miles Best Trail in sc - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#19. West Ashley Greenway


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, once l…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking South Carolina"
Charleston, SC - Mountain Biking - 21 miles Best Trail in sc - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#20. Pinnacle Pass Trail


A rugged, one-to-two-day hike up and over a number of mountains and ridges, punctuated by a spectacular vista of Jones Gap. The best view in South Carolina, possibly in the eastern United States, is l…
From the guidebook "Hiking South Carolina"
Greenville, SC - Backpacking, Hiking - 13 miles Best Trail in sc - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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