South Carolina April 25, 2017
11 Amazing South Carolina Hikes Under 3 Miles You’ll Absolutely Love
With a variety of trails ranging from mountain hikes with breathtaking waterfalls to river and seaside paths, South Carolina is a fantastic place to get outdoors for some fresh air and exercise. But not everyone has an entire day to devote to hiking, right? So we’ve compiled a list of short hikes under three miles that won’t necessarily zap your entire day or all of your energy. Take a look:
1. Station Cove Falls - Walhalla
If you love a slow meandering sort of hike that's relatively easy and short, then this trail is right up your alley. It's only 1.6 miles out and back. In the spring enjoy all the wildflowers bordering this gorgeous trail. Getting there: The trailhead is located inside Oconee Station State Historic Site, 500 Oconee Station Rd, Walhalla, SC 29691.
2. Sandhills Trail - Columbia
Runners, hikers and walkers alike enjoy the scenery on this short 1.9 mile loop around a lake in Columbia. There's a waterfall along the way, too. Getting there: Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Rd, Columbia, SC 29223.
3. Horseshoe Falls - Enoree
1.7 miles is all it takes to get you there and back on this short and relatively flat trail with a big payoff: a waterfall swimming hole! Cross some quirky, fun bridges along the way and savor a cool dip once you get there. Getting there: 361-613 Horseshoe Falls Rd, Enoree, SC 29335
4. Forty Acre Rock - Kershaw
This trail is a moderately strenuous hike IF you part at the lower parking lot. It's 2.4 miles out and back and you'll get treated to a beaver pond, a waterfall and a cave on your way to the top of this amazing spectacle known as Forty Acre Rock. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed. Getting there: Forty Acre Rock Heritage Preserve, 2207 Conservancy Rd, Kershaw, SC 29067.
5. Cedar Falls - Fountain Inn
You'll love this scenic 2.2 mile loop trail offering forever views of the bustling Reedy River. Getting there: Cedar Falls Park, 201 Cedar Falls Rd, Fountain Inn, SC 29644.
6. Peachtree Rock - Lexington
This 2.4 mile loop dishes up a waterfall and a rock that favors the shape of a Peach tree. It's rated "easy" and you can bring the pooch as long as he's on a leash. Getting there: Peachtree Rock Heritage Preserve, 883 Peachtree Rock Rd, Lexington, SC 29073.
7. Canal Trail - Catawba
Follow alongside the Catawba River on this 1.5 mile out and back mostly shady trail. Time your hike for May and June and you'll be treated to the largest stand of Rocky Shoals Spider Lilies in the U.S. right here on the Catawba River. Estimates put the massive display at 20 acres of lilies scattered over the water. Getting there: Landsford Canal State Park, 2051 Park Dr, Catawba, SC 29704.
8. Lick Log Creek Falls - Mountain Rest
Hike into the Sumter National Forest to discover this beauty. Along the way you'll find several cascades that are smile-worthy too. The hike is pretty easy up until the very end - where things can be a bit dicey making your way to the very bottom of this waterfall. Fortunately, you don't have to stand at the very bottom to see it at all. Getting there: Walhalla, SC. Turn-by-turn directions can be found
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9. Rock Hill River Park Loop - Rock Hill
Parts of this 1.7 mile paved loop trail in Rock Hill run parallel to the Catawba River, while other parts run alongside a picturesque creek. There's a slight elevation change so it's not entirely flat, but most find it relatively easy to hike or walk. Getting there: River Park, 1782 Quality Cir, Rock Hill, SC 29730.
10. Caw Caw - Ravenel
Head into a Cypress swamp on a mostly boardwalk trail that's 3 miles out and back. Don't be surprised to see a variety of wildlife like snakes and alligators. Getting there: Caw Caw Interpretive Center, 5200 Savannah Hwy, Ravenel, SC 29470.
11. Falls Creek Falls - Marietta
Coming in at just under two miles out and back, the Falls Creek Falls trail has a gigantic payout: a 100-foot waterfall in a combination of cascades and stacked ledges. But that payout comes with its own price in the form of a difficult trail. Getting there: Marietta, South Carolina. Turn-by-turn directions can be found
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Whether you’re an avid hiker or more of a “walker,” this list of short hikes is sure to have something that will suit your skill level. What’s your favorite trail in South Carolina? We’d love to know in our comments!
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