10 hiking trails in South Carolina


(WSPA) – There are dozens of beautiful scenic trails for hiking in the state of South Carolina, from upstate to the Low Country. Here are ten options for the more experienced hiker and those just looking for a nice, easy walk.

The following trails will have their difficulty level ranging from easy to moderate to difficult according to the criteria established on alltrails.com. Distances are approximate and may vary.

Now let’s check out some of the best hiking spots in South Carolina!

Riverwalk Greenway Trail (4.6 miles)

Location: Rock Hill, South Carolina

Difficulty: Easy

Riverwalk Greenway Trail (sctrails.net)

This paved trail runs along the Catawba River and offers an easy hike for all skill levels, although some points are slightly uphill and downhill. Ideal for visitors who want to enjoy a scenic drive along the river. Part of the city’s network of greenways and trails, this trail also includes several benches serving as rest areas and local restaurants easily accessible from the trail.

Maps, reviews and other information can be found here.

Sullivan Island Nature Trail (0.6 miles)

Location: Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina

Difficulty: Easy

Sullivan Island Nature Trail (charlestoncounty.org)

Bird watchers and wildflower lovers alike! The Sullivan’s Island Nature Trail traverses protected land, teeming with wildlife and unique flowers, and ends with beach access. This short, relatively flat trail is perfect for those looking for a peaceful walk to study nature. It also includes observation decks and convenient parking at the entrance to the trail.

Maps, reviews and other information can be found here.

Palmetto Trail (500 miles)

Location: interstate

Difficulty: Easy to hard

Palmetto Trail Map (Mary Roe / Palmetto Trail)

For those looking for a challenge, the entire 500-mile project from Ross Mountain Passage to Awendaw Passage can be completed in about a month. But for those who want a day trip or a quick trip, don’t worry as there are 31 passages along the route and each can be walked independently. The project completed approximately 350 miles of connected crossings. The remaining 150 kilometers of trails can still be hiked on their own, although connecting to the rest can be a bit difficult. The Palmetto Trail traverses just about every type of terrain imaginable. From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the flatter Midlands trails and even hikes along the southeastern coast of the state, there is a path to appease all hikers / bikers etc. The project was started by Palmetto Conservation in 1994. Since then, several hikers have completed the full trek.

To learn more about the Palmetto Trail and the individual passages, click here.

Issaqueena Falls Trail (0.3 mile)

Location: Walhalla, South Carolina

Difficulty: Easy

Issaqueena Falls (sctrails.net)

The Issaqueena Falls are a must see sight in the upstate. The trail is a quick, easy hike culminating in a 100 foot waterfall along Cane Creek. The Issaqueena Falls Trail is perfect for the family and you can bring your dogs as long as they are on a leash.

Maps, reviews and other information can be found here.

Table Rock Ridge Trail (10.7 miles)

Location: Table Rock State Park (Cleveland, SC)

Difficulty: Difficult

Table Rock State Park (sudcarolinaparks.com)

The Table Rock Ridge Trail is a loop trail accessible via the Pinnacle Mountain Trail. The Pinnacle Overlook is a highly recommended scene as part of the path that also includes a waterfall and rough terrain. The hike also includes the Table Rock Trail, which leads to the top of Table Rock Mountain, which offers spectacular views. This hike is full of boulders, uneven rock stairs, and is one of the toughest in the state. Several reviewers described the trail as “exhausting”. The parking lot is located at the Nature Center right at the start of the trail.

Maps, reviews and other information can be found here.

King Creek Falls Trail (1.4 miles)

Location: Mountain Rest, South Carolina

Difficulty: Easy

King Creek Falls (sctrails.net)

This round-trip trail located in the Sumter National Forest District near the SC / Georgia border culminates with a 70-foot waterfall, where one can kick back and relax. This hike is relatively easy, although the last stretch might turn out to be closer to the moderate level of difficulty. Regardless, the hike can be completed in half an hour and is suitable for almost any skill level.

Maps, reviews and other information can be found here.

Saluda River Walk (7.5 miles)

Location: Columbia, South Carolina

Difficulty: Easy

Saluda River Walk (River Alliance)

Recently opened, the Saluda Riverwalk is a long but relatively easy trail that is suitable for all skill levels. Along the trail you will find several options for activities including paddle boarding, fishing and many more. It is also ideal for an outdoor lunch as the path includes picnic tables and seating. A hot spot in Colombia, this paved trail also includes boardwalks and is also suitable for strollers or wheelchairs. The Saluda Riverwalk is perfect for those looking for a quick hike or a long scenic trip.

Sulfur Springs Trail (4.5 miles)

Location: Paris Mountain State Park (Greenville, South Carolina)

Difficulty: Moderate

Sulfur Springs Trail (sctrails.net)

The Sulfur Springs Trail is one of the most popular in Paris Mountain State Park and is one of the busiest trails in the upstate. It is a loop trail in the mountains that features narrow, steep and rocky terrain. It is recommended to go clockwise along the trail, as counterclockwise is much more difficult. If you are looking for a decent challenge in the forest this trail is for you.

Maps, reviews and more information can be found here.

Pinckney Island Hiking Trail (4.1 miles)

Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Difficulty: Easy

Pinckney Island Hiking Trail (sctrails.net)

A popular trailhead on Hilton Head Island, the Pinckney Island Ride Trail offers plenty of gorgeous views for those looking to snap photos along their hike. The paved gravel, grass and dirt trail is a one way trail featuring a variety of wildlife and water bodies (streams / lakes). Fall is a great time to make the trip, avoiding some of the wetter months.

Maps, reviews and more information can be found here.

Rainbow Falls Trail (4.4 miles)

Location: Jones Gap State Park

Difficulty: Moderate

Rainbow Falls (sctrails.net)

The highlight of the Rainbow Falls Trail is, as you might expect, the spectacular waterfall that descends from an eye-catching granite cliff. The out and back trail features a considerable elevation of over a thousand feet. The trail features long stretches of narrow trails, bridges, and rocky stairs, making it a well-rounded hike that approaches five miles. It doesn’t require the most experienced hikers, but beginners can struggle with some of the rough terrain.

Maps, reviews and more information can be found here.