Best Hiking in South Carolina

This list represents the most popular hiking in South Carolina. Use this list to plan your next South Carolina hiking 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. 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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#3. 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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#4. 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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#5. 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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#6. 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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#7. 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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#8. 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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#9. 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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#10. 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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#11. 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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#12. 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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#13. 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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#14. 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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#15. Foothills Trail: Bad Creek Access to Rocky Bottom


This is one long and spectacular section of trail. It is hard to find 30 miles of trail in the East without crossing a major road, but the Foothills Trail delivers. It occasionally passes by normally…
From the guidebook "Long Trails of the Southeast"
Salem, SC - Hiking - 30.3 miles
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#16. Rainbow Falls


A short, steep hike down a sheer cliff for spectacular bottom-up views of a 100-foot waterfall. The footing on the extremely steep, 400-foot descent is treacherous in rainy or icy conditions. Whatever…
From the guidebook "Hiking South Carolina"
Greenville, SC - Hiking - 1.8 miles
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#17. Lee Falls


Half a day's hike to one of south Carolina's more beautiful and seldom-visited waterfalls. Tamassee Creek drops 100 feet in four tiers to form Lee Falls. A modest set of lower falls serves as a prel…
From the guidebook "Hiking South Carolina"
Walhalla, SC - Hiking - 3 miles
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#18. East Fork Trail


Half a day's hike along the East Fork of the Chattooga River and the Chattooga river itself. Walhalla Fish Hatchery, the enchanting East Fork gorge, and beautiful Spoonauger Falls make this hike a de…
From the guidebook "Hiking South Carolina"
Walhalla, SC - Hiking - 8 miles
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#19. Blue Ridge Railroad Historical Trail


A shady day hike from Stumphouse Mountain to the outskirts of Walhalla along an uncompleted nineteenth-century railbed. The hike features the remains of tunnels, a dramatic gorge, beautiful mountain l…
From the guidebook "Hiking South Carolina"
Walhalla, SC - Hiking - 6.5 miles
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#20. Eastatoe Creek Trail


Half a day's hike through a mountain cove to a beautiful, secluded stream. This trail is essentially a big climb down, and then a big climb back up. However, the destination makes it worthwhile. Easta…
From the guidebook "Hiking South Carolina"
Pickens, SC - Hiking - 3.5 miles
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