Hiking South Carolina
A pleasant, easy walk through a forest filled with rhododendron and mountain laurel. The Trail passes Miuka Falls, one of the state's most impressive cascades. This is a great mountain hike for beginners, a pleasant morning or afternoon outing, or a good warm-up for more demanding trails. Offering views of one of the state’s prettiest waterfalls, Winding Stairs Trail connects with the 2.7-mile Big Bend Trail to form an interesting 6.2-mile eastward spur of the Chattooga and Foothills trails.
The trail moves through a mostly hardwood forest of red oaks, post oaks, hickories, tulip poplars, white pines, and white cedars; the relatively open understory is decorated with a multitude of wildflowers and shrubs. The forest is alive with ravens, warblers, indigo buntings, common yellowthroats, yellow-breasted chats, vireos, and thrushes, as well as white-tailed deer, squirrels, and feral hogs.