Charleston, SC Running Trails and Maps

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Awendaw Passage (Palmetto Trail)

7 mi
State: SC
Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel, Sand

Edisto Nature Trail

1.5 mi
State: SC
Boardwalk, Dirt, Grass

Old Santee Canal State Park

1.7 mi
State: SC
Crushed Stone

Sawmill Branch Multi-Use Trail

6.5 mi
State: SC
Asphalt

Swamp Fox Passage (Palmetto Trail)

42 mi
State: SC
Dirt, Grass

West Ashley Bikeway

2.5 mi
State: SC
Asphalt

West Ashley Greenway

7.8 mi
State: SC
Asphalt, Dirt

Wonders' Way

2.7 mi
State: SC
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
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...
SC 7 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel, Sand
The Edisto Nature Trail loops through a forest maintained by WestRock (formerly Westvaco Corporation), a paper and packaging manufacturer. The main loop is 1 mile, and an inner loop adds 0.5 mile....
SC 1.5 mi Boardwalk, Dirt, Grass
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...
SC 1.7 mi Crushed Stone
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...
SC 6.5 mi Asphalt
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....
SC 42 mi Dirt, Grass
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...
SC 2.5 mi Asphalt
A favorite of local mountain bikers, the West Ashley Greenway takes you on a 7.8-mile (one way) ride from suburban Charleston west to the scenic Lowcountry wetlands that surround this charming city....
SC 7.8 mi Asphalt, Dirt
There are 8 lanes of vehicular traffic on the Arthur Ravenel Bridge over the Cooper River. Thanks to a persistent citizen-led advocacy effort, walkers, joggers and cyclists can travel safely along the...
SC 2.7 mi Asphalt

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Wonders' Way

Best Ride in Charleston

May, 2021 by normanbowers

Trail is on the south side of the bridge well separated from traffic with a low concrete wall. The views of Charleston and the harbor are well worth the gradual climb to the center of the bridge. Safe parking and modern restrooms are available at the Mount Pleasant Visitors Center in the park at the east end of the bridge. You can extend the ride by riding the sidewalk and streets south to the South Carolina Aquarium and Ft. Sumter visitors center, just stay with the streets closest to the harbor to minimize traffic.

Swamp Fox Passage (Palmetto Trail)

Hiking & Mountain Bike Trail Only

May, 2021 by normanbowers

This is a hiking and mountain bike trail. Not suitable for kids and novice bike riders.
Obstacles are tree roots and mudholes. In wet weather the mudholes are world class.

West Ashley Bikeway

We loved the natural part of this trail. Saw great wildlife and had a wonderful time. Need the trail start more easy to find...may be a google issue, but it's hard find where to start.

February, 2021 by kathleenpress

We loved the natural part of this trail. Saw great wildlife and had a wonderful time. Need the trail start more easy to find...may be a google issue, but it's hard find where to start.

Accordion

Sawmill Branch Multi-Use Trail

FLAT ENOUGH FOR A TANDEM BIKE

January, 2021 by utpaduke

My wife and I rode our tandem bike on this trail Mon-Thurs beginning on 4Jan21. We parked off of Richardson Rd and went about 6 miles out and back each day. There are no bathrooms. There were very few riders/walkers. When Mel says she liked the trail, she means it was not hard pedaling! This one met her requirements and she was willing to go back daily for an hour of easy exercise! Watch out for two road crossings where the trail changes to the flip side of the canal! I enjoy a bike trail that is clean of trash, and this one was very clean! We had a great time!

Sawmill Branch Multi-Use Trail

Nice but a bit too rough for inline skating.

October, 2020 by jreungoat

Nice but a bit too rough for inline skating.

Swamp Fox Passage (Palmetto Trail)

Trail Blazers

October, 2020 by denman.jadon

My son’s and I walked this trail Oct 1-3 it was wet and muddy. Great time for bonding. Prepare for wet shoes. Looks like they are preparing to do several upgrades.

Sawmill Branch Multi-Use Trail

Corona trail walk

April, 2020 by sydneysbrylane

It’s a nice trail and I enjoyed it, but I wouldn’t recommend it during the summertime. It’s open and there’s no shade. It’s amazing during the wintertime though.

Edisto Nature Trail

Closed for Maintenance

March, 2020 by gaineyap

Made the drive out hoping to get out for a walk with the kids but the gate is locked and a sign says it is closed.

Edisto Nature Trail

Relaxing

April, 2019 by wellssoph

A great short trail after riding for awhile. Peaceful, relaxing, and perfect for a short burst of nature.

West Ashley Greenway

Not Safe

March, 2019 by stomperjohn

Correction: The previous review should read:
There have been several violent assaults on women on this trail. People keep saying its safe! However, I will bet the women who have been violently assaulted DON'T feel this way! THINK ABOUT IT! Read for yourself: http://www.live5news.com/2019/03/12/police-looking-man-who-assaulted-woman-west-ashley-greenway-monday-night-2/
How safe is the trail if people keep getting assaulted?

West Ashley Greenway

Very Very Nice Ride.

September, 2018 by dmckee622

A very nice trail. Pavement conditions were great with some places looking like it was newly paved. There was a few sections that were not paved, but they did not cause any problems (of course you wouldn't want to try them on a road bike). If you are ever in the area of Charleston, this is a must do trail. It doesn't disappoint!

West Ashley Bikeway

Decent Trail

September, 2018 by dmckee622

We rode this trail at the same time as we rode the West Ashley Greenway. I rated it 4 stars because about the western half would rate about 3 stars because of very rough unsafe pavement. The eastern half was very nice and would rate 5 stars easy. Even with the bad conditions on the western end, it was a nice ride. Just had to be very careful of the bad pavement conditions.

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