South Carolina May 23, 2018
9 Easy And Beautiful Spring Hikes Everyone In South Carolina Will Love
Whether hiking is a favorite activity of yours, or not, you’ll likely love these easy, peasy hiking trails in South Carolina. They’re not too strenuous and each offers a little something different in the way of discovery. Check them out below and then plan out how many you can conquer before the weather gets too hot…
1. Raven Rock Loop Trail - near Sunset
This trail starts out easy and crosses a creek on a natural granite bridge, but then it climbs up (and up some more) to Raven Rock, where you'll get a look at the waters below. Eventually, it drops back down to the shores of the lake only to start another climb back up. Other than some climbing, the trail is fairly easy and moderately trafficked. The trailhead is found within Keowee Toxaway State Park at 108 Residence Dr., Sunset, SC 29685.
2. Yellow Branch Falls - Walhalla
The trail to Yellow Branch Falls is a mere 3.5 miles out and back and is considered easy. Yellow Branch Falls is a stunning 50-foot stacked-rock display. During seasons with much rain, you may find the above water crossing a bit difficult, especially if you're carrying small children. The trail begins at a a picnic area along SC-28 near Walhalla. There is a well-placed and easily visible sign along the road.
3. Lake Haigler Loop - Fort Mill
Possibly one of the funnest easy hikes in the state, the Lake Haigler Loop is a mere 3.3 miles and features several water crossings - and as many bridges, including a suspension bridge with a wooden floor! This hike is great for kids and kids at heart. The trail is located among the 40 miles of hiking trails found within the Anne Springs Close Greenway in Fort Mill. The Greenway is open from 7:00 a.m. to sunset.
4. Cedar Falls Park Trail - Fork Shoals (near Fountain Inn)
A 2.2 mile trail located within the Cedar Falls Park, this one is loaded with a variety of things to see, including the remains of an old mill and many waterfalls and cascades. The trail is a loop and has little elevation gain, making it easy, peasy. Find the trailhead within Cedar Falls Park at 201 Cedar Falls Rd., Fountain Inn, SC 29644.
5. Palmetto Trail Awendaw Passage - McClellanville
As you may imagine, any trail in the Lowcountry of South Carolina is going to have many water and swamp crossings and this 13 mile roundtrip trail through the Francis Marion Forest follows suit. The trail is very well maintained and surprisingly, has a lot of foot traffic, so expect to share the path. Wear mosquito repellent and even bring your dog, if you like. The trailhead is located in the Buck Hall Recreation Area. The physical address is 903 Shellmore Lane, McClellanville. Find a link
6. Waldrop Stone Falls - Central
This super fun and easy trail (it's only one mile) is a loop that winds into the woods to a cascade known as Waldrop Falls. Although the trail is easy, it does narrow near the end and there is an optional staircase if you want to descend to near the base of the waterfall. Locate the trail on a Google Map
along Waldrop Stone Road just off Madden Bridge Road in Central, SC.
7. Sea Pines Forest Preserve - Hilton Head
A 3.3 mile loop trail takes you through some gorgeous wetlands with a variety of wildlife. In the spring, the flowers are abundant. If you're not a guest at the resort, then you will likely be asked to pay $6 to enter the preserve. Accessible via the South end of U.S. 278 near Lawton Road on Hilton Head Island. More information at
8. Rocky Creek Trail - Great Falls
Possibly more of a walk than a hike since it's mostly flat terrain, but this one is still enjoyable — especially the unexpected waterfall! The trail is a mere 2.3 miles and features a (you guessed it) rocky creek for much of the distance. Find the trailhead
at this lcoation
near the town limits.
9. Sawmill Branch Bike and Hike Trail - Summerville
Paved for the entire 13.2 miles, this trail in Summerville follows a canal for much of the way. Locals love it because it's clean, not too terribly busy and provides a chance to get out and walk on a regular basis. There is parking available at both ends of the 6.6 mile trek. They are located at Gahagan Road & Berlin G. Myers Prkwy. and at the end of Cross Creek Drive in Summerville.
In the mood for something a little more challenging?
Here’s a trail in South Carolina that will lead you on an adventure like no other.