Now that it’s spring it’s time to get that body moving again. How about getting outdoors and taking in some fresh South Carolina air on a friendly little hike?
The hardcore hiking community aside, hiking can be an uncertain prospect for some people who don’t do it very often or are less experienced. Still others may simply prefer a flatter terrain.
We’ve put together a hodgepodge list of beautiful hikes that anyone can manage. They range from a half mile to five miles in length and some are even ADA accessible. Unless you’re a hardcore hiker, you’re sure to find a trail or two on this list that meet your hiking needs. Here are 12 easy hikes anyone can take.
1. Hike the trail to Spoonauger Falls.
This short and easy trail offers great rewards for the little effort and time it takes. In about 30 minutes you can get from your car to the falls. Bring a lunch and enjoy the serenity.
GETTING THERE: The falls and the trail are in Oconee County. Directions can be found
2. Make a day of it at Francis Beidler Forest in Four Holes Swamp.
A name like "Four Holes Swamp" can sound mistakenly menacing to some people. But for boardwalk lovers this trail winds nearly 2 miles through an Audubon wildlife sanctuary that delivers many sensory rewards.
DIFFICULTY: Easy GETTING THERE: 336 Sanctuary Rd, Harleyville, SC 29448
3. Hike out to Twin Falls.
The hike out to Twin Falls is a gorgeous relatively easy effort with much to see along the way.
DIFFICULTY: Relatively Easy GETTING THERE: US 178N, Past Hwy 11, Left on Cleo Chapman Rd
Sunset, SC 29685
4. Take a walk through the South Carolina Botanical Garden in Clemson.
This wonderful resource in Clemson offers 295 acres of eye candy that, in the springtime, is an incredible explosion of colors.
DIFFICULTY: Easy GETTING THERE: 150 Discovery Ln, Clemson, SC 29631
5. Head down to the River on Rock Hill's Riverwalk trail.
The Riverwalk Greenway Trail in Rock Hill is 3.4 miles of well marked, mostly paved trail winding along the beautiful Catawba River. Bring the whole family, even the dog. This is a very popular spot so be prepared to share the road, er...trail.
DIFFICULTY: Easy GETTING THERE: 2850 Cherry Rd, Rock Hill, SC 29730
6. Make your way to the Big O and meander through Edisto Memorial Gardens.
This 1.5 mile loop is wheelchair-accessible and a perfect place to experience Spring this year. The plants are at their optimal spring beauty right now through April.
DIFFICULT: Easy GETTING THERE: 200 Riverside Dr SW, Orangeburg, SC 29115
7. Head over to Hartsville and explore the trails and beauty in Kalmia Gardens at Coker College.
The Kalmia Gardens/Segars-McKinnon Heritage Preserve offers 30 acres of garden and wooded trails with a combination of surfaces, including boardwalk.
DIFFICULTY: Easy GETTING THERE: 1624 W Carolina Ave, Hartsville, SC 29550
8. Take a hike in Aiken at Hitchcock Woods.
Aiken's Hitchcock Woods offers urban hiking at its best. With 20 miles of easy foot trails it might be the best exercise available in the town.
GETTING THERE: Hitchcock Woods has seven formal entrances. You can access a map
9. Get back to nature at Caw Caw Interpretive Center in Ravenel.
The Caw Caw dishes up 5 miles of interconnecting trails (some ADA approved) through some gorgeous Lowcountry terrain. You never know what you'll find along this trail...
DIFFICUTLY: Easy GETTING THERE: 5200 Savannah Hwy, Ravenel, SC 29470
10. Spend the day on an adventure at Lake Conestee Nature Park in Greenville.
Located only a short six-mile drive from downtown Greenville, the trails at Lake Conestee wind along the famous Reedy River and are perfect for a family outing.
GETTING THERE: There are several trailheads (points of entry). Download a trailmap
and start planning your adventure!
11. Put on your walking shoes and check out Woods Bay State Park.
At Woods Bay State Park in Olanta you'll trek around a real Carolina Bay on a .75 mile loop or you can take an easy hike into the swamp and back on their 500-foot boardwalk.
DIFFICULTY: Easy GETTING THERE: 11020 Woods Bay Rd, Olanta, SC 29080
12. Take a break from water activities on Lake Murray at Dreher Island State Park and go take a hike.
Little Gap Trail is an easy 2 mile trek through a tall forest. Look! You might even spot this huge nest way up in the tree!
DIFFICULTY: Easy GETTING THERE: 3677 State Park Road, Prosperity, SC
Hiking – and just plain walking – is great exercise and it’s good for the soul too.