Walking Trails in South Carolina

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  • Awendaw Passage (Palmetto Trail)

    State: SC
    Length: 7 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel, Sand

    The Awendaw Passage is a 7-mile single-track segment of the Palmetto Trail, which will extend more than 425 miles across South Carolina when completed. Named for the creek it follows, this scenic trail winds along the edge of a salt marsh and ...
  • Blue Ridge Railroad Historical Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: SC
    Length: 2.5 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Woodchips

    This moderately difficult walk follows the bed of railroad that was never completed—the America Civil War got in the way of SC Statesman John C. Calhoun's rail dream. They did get as far as starting to build three tunnels into the mountain, ...
  • Cathedral Aisle Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: SC
    Length: 1 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Sand

    The Cathedral Aisle Trail is part of a 65-mile network within Aiken's protected Hitchcock Woods. Open since September 1939, this lush forest path is among the nation's oldest rail-trails. Though it runs just 0.8 mile, the route is a must-see ...
  • Duncan Park Trail

    State: SC
    Length: 1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The trail extends from the dam at Duncan Park Lake and courses through the park to near Union Street by the baseball stadium. The path is a gradual hill (up or down, depending on your direction of travel) as it passes through the woods and at ...
  • Edisto Nature Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: SC
    Length: 1.5 miles
    Surface: Boardwalk, Dirt, Grass

    The Edisto Nature Trail loops through a forest maintained by the Westvaco Corporation, a paper and packaging manufacturer. The main loop is 1 mile, and an inner loop adds 0.5 mile. Both sections of the trail wind through a typical lowcountry ...
  • Florence Rail Trail (SC)

    Rail-Trail

    State: SC
    Length: 2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    In 2003 the South Carolina Governor's Council on Physical Fitness recognized the Florence Rail-Trail Committee with a community award for its work on this tree-lined trail, which spans 2 miles between the Ebenezer Park neighborhood and nearby ...
  • Heritage Trail (SC)

    Rail-Trail

    State: SC
    Length: 2.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    There's no better place to take in Greenwood's industrial and railroading past than along the aptly named Heritage Trail, which extends more than 2 miles from the town center south to outlying countryside. Throughout the mid-20th century five ...
  • Liberty Trail (Palmetto Trail)

    State: SC
    Length: 0.6 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    In the heart of busy Spartanburg, the Liberty Trail provides a beautiful oasis through a garden, along a tree-lined brook that cascades over a series of granite steps into a pool. Although only 0.5 mile, the concrete pathway provides an important ...
  • Marion Hike and Bike Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: SC
    Length: 1.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Dirt

    The Marion Hike and Bike Trail runs 1.1 miles from Henry Street to Marion Road in downtown Marion, South Carolina. The trail parallels Bobby Gerald Parkway (also known as Railroad Avenue) and traces a portion of an abandoned railroad line that ...
  • Mary Black Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: SC
    Length: 1.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Mary Black Rail Trail is just a short segment of what will eventually become the 12-mile Hub City Connector, which itself will be part of the larger Palmetto Trail, a proposed 425-mile trail across South Carolina. As of early 2011, 290 miles ...
  • New River Linear Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: SC
    Length: 3.4 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Grass

    The New River Linear Trail runs for 3.4 miles within the City of Bluffton in South Carolina. The route, which is shared with power lines along an abandoned Seaboard Air Line Railway corridor, begins in the north at the edge of the Sun City development ...
  • North Augusta Greeneway Park

    Rail-Trail

    State: SC
    Length: 12.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The North Augusta Greeneway follows an abandoned right-of-way of the former Central of Georgia Railway (later the Central Rail Road and Banking Company of Georgia). With its recent extension the trail now meanders 12.5 miles through the riverfront ...
  • Old Santee Canal State Park

    State: SC
    Length: 4 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    Construction of the Santee Canal began in 1793 after the American Revolution, and by 1800 the canal began its life as a shipping corridor for the region's crops to points beyond. Though much of the Santee Canal is beneath Lake Moultrie, some ...
  • Piedmont Medical Center Trail

    State: SC
    Length: 2.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Piedmont Medical Center Trail (formerly the Riverwalk Trail) stretches just over 2 miles through Rock Hill near the border between North and South Carolina. The paved, wooded trail closely hugs the western shoreline of Catawba River and ...
  • SC School for the Deaf and Blind Braille Trail (Palmetto Trail)

    State: SC
    Length: 0.75 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    This unique trail runs through the campus of the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind and features interpretive signs in Braille that teach trail-goers about the types of trees along the route. The short, crushed-stone path closely follows Cedar ...
  • Savannah Valley Railroad Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: SC
    Length: 9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Grass

    The Savannah Valley Railroad Trail will one day follow the Savannah River on a northwest course from McCormick to Calhoun Falls. It will cross two counties (McCormick and Abbeville) and link three state parks: Baker Creek, Calhoun Falls, and ...
  • Sawmill Branch Multi-Use Trail

    State: SC
    Length: 6.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Starting at Gahagan Road or the parking area on Ashley Drive in Summerville, you can walk or ride this flat, 10-foot wide, paved trail, which follows the Sawmill Branch Canal and through a wooded area in the southern part of the city. Most ...
  • Southport Road Path

    State: SC
    Length: 3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    This multi-use path follows the south side of Southport Road, from Cedar Springs Road heading west to South Avenue. It passes the 295 Sports Complex, a DMV office and a water treatment plant before ending near a fire station at South Avenue. ...
  • Spanish Moss Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: SC
    Length: 3.3 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Spanish Moss Trail (sometimes referred to as the Beaufort Rail Trail or the Magnolia Line Trail) follows the former Port Royal Railroad that was constructed in 1870. The planned 13.6-mile scenic pathway will run through Beaufort County between ...
  • Sumter Cypress Trail

    State: SC
    Length: 5 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Grass

    The Sumter Cypress Trail begins near the golf course in Sumter's Dillon Park. The trail is unmarked but is mostly level and follows a dirt road and grassy path through the woods and open fields. You will also wind along a creek and the ponds ...
  • Swamp Fox Passage (Palmetto Trail)

    Rail-Trail

    State: SC
    Length: 42 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Grass

    The Swamp Fox Trail is one of South Carolina Lowcountry's oldest trails and offers a long, flat, one-way journey through the swampy wetlands and coastal pine forests of Francis Marion National Forest. The total length of the trail is 42 miles, ...
  • Swamp Rabbit Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: SC
    Length: 18.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The northern end of the Swamp Rabbit Trail begins across from North Greenville Medical campus of the Greenville Hospital System, 807 N. Main Street, and continues south along the Cleveland Street side of Greenville Tech in the city of Greenville. ...
  • Ten Governors Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: SC
    Length: 1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The town of Edgefield has taken pride in the political initiative of its native sons for nearly 200 years and today dubs itself the "Home of Ten Governors." This legacy began in 1816 with Gov. Andrew Pickens II, who was instrumental in the construction ...
  • Three Rivers Greenway

    State: SC
    Length: 8.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Three Rivers Greenway is actually composed of the West Columbia Riverwalk and the Cayce Riverwalk. This beautiful series of riverfront pathways, at the confluence of the Broad, Saluda and Congaree rivers, includes lighted trails and boardwalks, ...
  • Timmonsville Rail-Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: SC
    Length: 0.4 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    Although the Timmonsville Rail-Trail is just a few blocks long, it runs along Main Street through the heart of this small community. The paved pathway offers a pleasant, tree-dotted route to homes and businesses.
  • Vista Greenway

    Rail-Trail

    State: SC
    Length: 0.8 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    Traveling for nearly a mile in downtown Columbia, this first segment of the Vista Greenway features a 100-year-old railroad tunnel stretching 400 feet under Lincoln Street. Although short, the new rail-trail has helped transform what was ...
  • Wadsworth Trail

    State: SC
    Length: 2.8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Wadsworth Trail parallels Willis Road from Harmon Drive to Hawk Creek Drive, with a spur heading south along SR 42-4382/Caldwell Drive. The Willis Road portion is 1.85 miles (one way), while the Caldwell Drive portion to just north of Dartmoor ...
  • West Ashley Bikeway

    Rail-Trail

    State: SC
    Length: 2.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Running arrow-straight from the Ashley River west to a wholesale produce stand on Wappoo Road, the West Ashley Bikeway links several suburban Charleston neighborhoods, providing a 2.5-mile cycling and walking path. Initial plans called for ...
  • West Ashley Greenway

    Rail-Trail

    State: SC
    Length: 10.5 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    A favorite of local mountain bikers, the West Ashley Greenway takes you on a 10.5-mile (one way) ride from suburban Charleston west to the scenic Lowcountry wetlands that surround this charming city. From its trailhead behind the South Windermere ...
  • York Bicycle Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: SC
    Length: 1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    In northern South Carolina, only about 30 miles southwest of Charlotte, lies the quaint city of York. A paved bicycle trail runs through the heart of the community from its city park to its recreation complex. Much of the trail is wooded and ...