Best Backpacking in South Carolina

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

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#1. 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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#2. 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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#3. 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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#4. 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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#5. Foothills Trail, Jocassee Gorges Segment


A challenging three-day journey around the north end of Lake Jocassee. Scenic waterfalls, steep-sided river gorges, lush vegetation, and solitude are among the attractions of the Jocassee Gorges. The…
From the guidebook "Hiking South Carolina"
Walhalla, SC - Backpacking, Hiking - 31 miles
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#6. Lake Moultrie Passage


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 Lake M…
From the guidebook "Hiking South Carolina"
Charleston, SC - Backpacking, Hiking - 28.4 miles
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#7. Foothills Trail, Chattanooga Valley Segment


A long 3-day backpacking trip, offering waterfalls and the majestic beauty of the Whitewater and Chattooga rivers. This segment of the Foothills Trail is described east to west, beginning at the north…
From the guidebook "Hiking South Carolina"
Walhalla, SC - Backpacking, Hiking - 33 miles
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#8. Swamp Fox Trail


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 Swamp Fo…
From the guidebook "Hiking South Carolina"
Charleston, SC - Backpacking, Hiking - 42 miles
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#9. Long Cane Trail


Two to three days of hiking on a long loop trail through well-watered and rolling terrain, featuring the tall trees of Long Cane Scenic Area. The Long Cane Trail, an equestrian and hiking trail, passe…
From the guidebook "Hiking South Carolina"
Abbeville, SC - Backpacking, Hiking - 22 miles
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#10. Bear Island Wildlife Management Area


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 of public…
From the guidebook "Hiking South Carolina"
Charleston, SC - Backpacking, Hiking - 4.75 miles
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#11. Buncombe Trail


A two-to-three day hike along a loop trail through mixed forest and hilly terrain. The Buncombe Trail is a long loop through Sumter National Forest lands. The terrain is pleasantly hilly, with a myria…
From the guidebook "Hiking South Carolina"
Columbia, SC - Backpacking, Hiking - 27.5 miles
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#12. Turkey Creek Trail


A one-to-two day hike on a linear trail following the banks of Wine, Turkey and Stevens Creeks in the Savannah River Valley, featuring great cypress trees, slippery beaver runs, and scenic river views…
From the guidebook "Hiking South Carolina"
Augusta, SC - Backpacking, Hiking - 12.5 miles
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#13. Congaree National Park: Kingsnake Trail


Explore the country’s last old-growth, lowland forest on an easy weekend in Congaree’s flat, wildlife-packed terrain.…
From the guidebook "Backpacker The National Parks Coast to Coast"
Columbia, SC - Backpacking, Hiking - 10.1 miles
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