Long Cane Trail

Abbeville, South Carolina

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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, passes through the ancient hills and valleys that abut the upper Savannah River. “Ancient” here is no exaggeration; some of the vegetation in the Long Cane Scenic Area, through which the trail passes, is very unusual, remnant of the longago era when these hills were a spur of the Appalachian Mountains. The Long Cane Trail passes through lands mostly forested with pine, but there are plenty of hardwoods, too. Trees include baldcypress, hickory, red maple, tulip poplar, dogwood, and several species of oaks. The huge river cane explains the names of the trail, scenic area, and creek. Hunters come here for the deer and wild turkey. While you may not encounter these elusive creatures, you will surely see their tracks. The calls of the red-shouldered hawk and pileated and downy woodpeckers fill the air.

Long Cane Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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, passes through the ancient hills and valleys that abut the upper Savannah River. “Ancient” here is no exaggeration; some of the vegetation in the Long Cane Scenic Area, through which the trail passes, is very unusual, remnant of the longago era when these hills were a spur of the Appalachian Mountains.

The Long Cane Trail passes through lands mostly forested with pine, but there are plenty of hardwoods, too. Trees include baldcypress, hickory, red maple, tulip poplar, dogwood, and several species of oaks. The huge river cane explains the names of the trail, scenic area, and creek. Hunters come here for the deer and wild turkey. While you may not encounter these elusive creatures, you will surely see their tracks. The calls of the red-shouldered hawk and pileated and downy woodpeckers fill the air."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Abbeville
Distance: 22
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 to 3 days
Season: Year-round.
Local Contacts: Land Resources Division, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, 2221 Devine Street, Columbia, SC 29205; (803) 734-9108
Local Maps: Forest Service Trail map; Verdery and Abbeville East USGS quads.
Driving Directions: Directions to Long Cane Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

4/14/2007
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Excellent break in hike. Ended up doing a 16 mile loop. The campground was excellent and the staff is fantastic. Granted there wre some areas that had been burned for control purposes. But overall this is not a difficult hike.


2/17/2007
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My scout troop camped at Parson''s Mtn Campground on Friday night. Since it was off-season and closed, you must hike in. Be sure you have a permit from the Forest Service (call the the Ranger station) and get one to both get permission to camp off season AND to hike the trail (in any season if camping overnight). To hike into Parson''s Mtn, park where the trail crosses Rd 251 and hike in about 1/2 mile. NO water or facilities in winter so we brought water with us. We hiked out the next AM to the cars and drove to bridge on Big Curtail Creek (spotted car at point G)on Road 505. Note you need to get the map on-line with the Forest Service (Long Cane Horse Trail)since the map at this website (Trails.com) is out of date. They have completely redone the trail for G to C and it is now almost twice as long as the original trail which used to start on the north side at point G but now starts on the south side. Hiked about 8-9 miles back to Parson''s Mtn Campground (met up with our younger group who started that AM at Fell Camp). Trail has been improved greatly due to hardening with gravel and/or the new trail form G to C is well-laid out. Just typical piedmont scenery here. Note you have to hike along highway for about half mile between J and I. ALso note you walk by former state champion white oak (fell about 10 years ago but good photo op) as you cross last gravel road before last quarter mile to Parson''s Mtn. Camped at Parson''s Mtn (fire pits and picnic tables) again and brought in water stashed in trailer at road. Next AM hiked from Parson''s Mtn (point I) to H and thence G (a total of 6.26 miles by the Forest Service gps map. A lot of bottomland hardwood and you cross Long Cane creek on single track iron bridge built in 1939. Prettiest part of the hike due to large loblolly pine and open forest. Don''t miss National Co-champion shagbark hickory 200 feet down from Pioneers of the Piedmont sign (in bad shape).



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May 2018