South Carolina is a hiker’s delight. From the mountains of the upstate to the lowlands of the coast and coastal islands, The Palmetto State is rife with hiking trails for every experience level — even beginners. Today we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite South Carolina hikes under 5 miles that everyone can enjoy! Happy hiking!

How many of these South Carolina hikes under five miles have you already traveled? Do you have other favorite short hikes in South Carolina that you’d like to share? Leave a comment in the section below!

And for more staggeringly beautiful hikes in The Palmetto State, be sure to check out these 15 gorgeous treks.

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South Carolina Hikes Under 5 Miles

What are some of the most scenic South Carolina hikes?

Yellow Branch Falls Trail is a great trail and what a beautiful sight for everyone to see at the end too. It's just 3 miles round trip, so it's very easy for for the whole family. Caesar's Head Hike is another stunner; it's a 4-5 hour hike in which you will get to see two of our wonderful waterfalls, a cave, and amazing wildflowers. Another hike in Cleveland, Carrick Creek Loop, is an accessible 1.8 trail that's dog friendly, too, and leads to a particularly stunning waterfall.

What are the best family-friendly hikes in South Carolina?

You don't have to be an experienced outdoor enthusiast to enjoy the beauty of The Palmetto States. In fact, there are many South Carolina hikes that are short on miles, bur still big on beauty. Sullivans Island Nature Trail is a quick 0.6-mile long but the tranquil nature it takes you through will make it feel relaxed. The end destination of the trail is the beach -- the perfect incentive for kids! The Wildcat Wayside trail near Cleveland, South Carolina is just one mile long, and you’ll be treated with views of three waterfalls along the way.  Another mile-long hike, the British Camp Loop at Musgrove Mill State Historic Site leads past historic ruins and an old homestead along the way. If you're looking for more beginner-level trails in South Carolina, be sure to check out these seven treks.

What are the best state parks to visit in South Carolina?

Some of the best hikes in The Palmetto State can actually be found at our state parks. Besides the South Carolina hikes under five miles featured above, you can also check out spots like Hunting Island State Park. It’s the most visited state park in SC and for good reason. People love to explore the lighthouse and see the wildlife there. Experience state history at Kings Mountain State Park near Blacksburg, South Carolina. The park includes an old barn, carpenter, blacksmith, and cotton gin, allowing you to experience the “living history” of the place. For more breathtaking state parks in South Carolina, be sure to check out these gems.

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