South Carolina’s Saluda River forms about 10 miles north of the city of Greenville and flows for 200 miles through the Palmetto State before spilling into the Congaree River around Columbia. But before it does… it channels pure magic by way of a scenic vista perfect for an urban hike in the Capital City. Today, we are venturing to the Saluda Riverwalk, one of the most interesting and picturesque of South Carolina’s trails. So lace up those hiking shoes and bring your camera; this is one adventure you won’t want to miss!

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Looking for even more river-friendly content? Check out our list of the 9 most scenic rivers in South Carolina. You won’t be disappointed!

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What are the best hikes in South Carolina?

South Carolina's diverse landscape lends itself to several different kinds of hiking trails for visitors to enjoy. Below you'll find a list of some of the best hikes in South Carolina:


All of the trails above vary in length, difficulty, and scenery. Find the perfect trail for you when you browse our ultimate guide to the best hiking in South Carolina. There's something for every kind of hiker on the list!

Does South Carolina have any national parks?

South Carolina is home to Congaree National Park, which is located in Hopkins, SC, and features the biggest expanse of old-growth bottomland hardwood forest in the southeastern U.S.

Some other national park units in South Carolina include:

  • Charles Pinckney National Historic Site
  • Cowpens National Battlefield
  • Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park
  • Kings Mountain National Military Park
  • Ninety Six National Historic Site
  • Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail
  • Reconstruction Era National Historical Park


Learn more about these wonderful national parks in South Carolina.


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