Spanish Moss Trail

South Carolina

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Spanish Moss Trail Facts

States: South Carolina
Counties: Beaufort
Length: 10.2 miles
Trail end points: Clarendon Rd./ US 21 (Burton) and Ribaut Rd./US 21 (Port Royal)
Trail surfaces: Concrete
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 7513546

Spanish Moss Trail Description

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 Port Royal and Yemassee.

In November 2012, the first mile was completed, from Depot Road to Allison Road in Beaufort, the second-oldest city in South Carolina. It runs through a beautiful marsh and by several historical buildings, including the Beaufort Depot, built in 1901, which sits off Hermitage Road at the trail's northern end.

A year later, 2 more miles of trail were added. The extension seamlessly connects with the inaugural section at Allison Road and heads south through tree-lined neighborhoods to end at US 21/Ribaut Road in Port Royal. Subsequent phases have extended the trail north from Depot Road, through Burton, to Roseida Road.

Construction continues, and the trail has been extended 4 miles from Roseida Road to Clarendon Road in the near future.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking can be found along the trail's eastern side at Technical College of the Lowcountry (921 Ribaut Road). Along the southern half of the trail, three parking areas are available: at Broome Lane, Westvine Drive and Ribaut Road.

Spanish Moss Trail Reviews

Great ride

This trail is a must when in Beaufort SC. It’s wide and paved and scenic.

Great rail trail in a town where I grew up. Takes you through some nice tidal grass and marsh land. Great to have this available, highly recommend ¿

Great rail trail in a town where I grew up. Takes you through some nice tidal grass and marsh land. Great to have this available, highly recommend ¿

great trail

We rode this yesterday (Wednesday) and were very surprised. Nice paved trail with hardly anyone on it. There was some construction on the southern end where the trail has been flooding. Our complaints are that there is nothing along the trail for food or drinks. Water fountains at one parking area with a spot a pot. Your not far off the beaten path but, as tourists, you have no idea what’s there. The second complaint is on the southern end. It just stops. No maps or indications of how to get to Port Royal downtown from there.

under construction

This trail is closed for construction in many places. Southern end.


A Carolina Gem

I rode this trail in early October with my wife and son (9), and was very impressed. Beautiful scenery, excellent markings, and safe crossings for the major roads make it very family friendly.

My husband and I enjoyed riding our bikes on this scenic, smooth and well maintained trail.

My husband and I enjoyed riding our bikes on this scenic, smooth and well maintained trail.

We took our road bikes and rode this trail. Had a blast. Clean and a smooth ride. We will definitely come back.

We took our road bikes and rode this trail. Had a blast. Clean and a smooth ride. We will definitely come back.

Thoroughly Enjoyable

Beautiful, well-maintained path. There are a number of road crossings at the south end, but otherwise it's a great trip with nice scenery.

mostly fantastic

This trail was wonderful. We went on a weekday and it was not crowded. I don’t recommend parking in the first lot. Store next to it has bars on the windows which never feels like a safe place to leave my vehicle. Second lot had a nice Parker’s store which welcomes bikers to use the facilities. Very nice place. There are many road crossings but are well marked with lights at the busy ones. The trail ends at rebaut road before reaching Port Royal. Crossing the road is scary but worth it. The town is very nice with a couple Of good restaurants.

Spanish Moss Trail

Great! Excellent views, well maintained!


Fantastic trail. Great scenery. Smooth concrete throughout. However, was on the trail yesterday and some person, or persons have broken bottles on the trail beginning just beyond the tunnel all the way to the Clarendon trail head. I rode my bike through a couple of the areas where there was glass and was fortunate that it didn’t pop my tire. Met several cyclists along the way who weren’t as fortunate. Seems as if this might have been done intentionally. I ride the trail approximately 5 times a week and just started noticing the glass breakage within the last week. Cyclists please be aware!

Beautiful well maintained trail

This is a really wonderful trail to ride with your family. Pretty stops with a few nice drinking fountains. Historical markers throughout. Beautiful water views. We pull a baby trailer and it’s a smooth ride for our baby and free of debris spraying on them. I’m looking forward to the expansion!

Great Ride!!

Beautiful trail in excellent condition ... this has been one of the most enjoyable rides my wife and have made in the US. Highly recommend it and suggest you take your time....

Beautiful ride

This is a beautiful ride. Trail is very well maintained and with lovely views of the marshes and inlets. Easy to find parking lots on google Maps. There is easy access to Beaufort and Port Royal from the trail.

Great trail

This is any easy trail for families. Very flat and smooth. Rode from Beaufort to Port Royal. Sad part is the trail ends before you get to the historic main part of town. The “trail” continues with small signs marking the way through a residential area. You must cross HWY 21 (Ribaut Rd)

Great Trail to Ride Trikkes

We stopped to check out this trail while traveling, and we loved it. It is wide, clean, and well appointed with benches, tool stations, and scenic stops. We will definitely come back!

My favorite place to ride

First, the trail is actually 9.25 miles long, 18.5 round trip.
Waterways and wooded marshland for the most part, sometimes you can see dolphins. I ride here weekly and always enjoy it.

Beautiful trail

We live in charleston and decided to day trip to Beaufort for this trail. It's a beautiful trail. It's wide all cement for at least 8+ miles, one way, and well maintained. Lots of people cycling, walking, kids, rollers skating on the trail. It has an option to get off and detour to Bay Street ( main tourist road in Beaufort). We parked at the parking lot off roseida road. I thought that was the beginning of the trail but it appears a new addition has been added going north( away from downtown). I would def recommend to anyone looking to cycle the city and get some exercise doing so. Have fun!

leisurely ride

The trail currently runs about 9.5 miles, from mile marker 2 in Port Royal to the newest parking lot across from the MCAS at mile marker 11.5. I biked the full out-and-back 19 miles in about 2.5 hours; there a few one or two mile uninterrupted sections, but highway and road crossings are fairly common. The highway crossings all have crosswalks, but the crossing near Laurel Bay is oddly marked and can be confusing from the West side.

not so fast

This is a decent trail mostly flat and incomplete on both ends...yes there are some scenic views along with some "eye sores"...

Trail has extended

Each morning, my husband and I enjoy the 20+ mile (round trip) from Port Royal area to the Burton area, which extends now well beyond the MCAS. We love cheering on the F-35 fighter jets ocassionally, while they practice overhead! We call those "The Freedom Days". The small bridge has been constructed to maneuver you around to the stoplight at the MCAS, and it is beautiful, amazing craftsmanship. Can't wait to discover the next phase of our Lowcountry trail. Thank you!!

Hands down the best trail in the low country

The SMT is beautiful and a total pleasure to ride. Scenic views at every point in the trail. You couldn't ask for a nicer and safer place to ride.

Spanish Moss Trail

Beautiful paved trail over re-claimed rail bed. It is used actively by the locals for exercise and shortcuts to work and school. The main shortcoming is the lack of rest room facilities.

Great Ride

The trail still has some unfinished sections so if you're on thin tires you'll have to take the surface streets. All the breaks can be navigated with a trail bike. Lots of scenery. The finished portions are wide and well marked. It's all flat but still a fun ride.

Great walk...

We traversed approximately 3 miles today. Beautiful walk.

Beautiful trail

While vacationing in Beaufort, South Carolina, we sought out the newly constructed bike trail. It was not easy to find the trailhead, although a few local residents gave us directions.The trail runs through a beautifully restored depot and heads in a southwest direction for approximately 3 miles. The trail follows along serene marshes, historic buildings and quiet neighborhoods. Although the trail is short at this time, it is the nicest trail I have ever biked on. The signage along the trail is excellent, there are several benches overlooking scenic views and the trail is very wide. We saw several people using the trail - many people walking as well as casual cyclists. I am very excited to return to Beaufort and ride on their trail again.

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