There is a wide variety of hiking trails in the beautiful state of South Carolina. There are many National Parks to explore which have well marked out trails, and provide you with beautiful scenery. The below hiking trails are appropriate for families who just want to venture out for a few hours and spend time in nature.
There are of course a lot more challenging trails that the more experienced hiker will enjoy, we will list some of those in a future article. Here are three of the most scenic hiking trails in the state of South Carolina.
The Swamp Fox Passage
The Swamp Fox Passage of the Palmetto Trail is located in Charleston. It is appropriate for those people who want to go hiking for a day, as well as someone who wants to go for a week or more. If you are going camping along the way there are many primitive campsites along the way. So be sure to bring a backpacking tent or a hammock with mosquito netting, they are really bad here in the summer.
This trail also has a lot of history behind it, it was the hideout of Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion, so it is an exceelent location those who are interested in history. The old railway track guides you in the right direction if you get lost. You will walk through forests and wetlands with an abundance of birds as well as deer can also be found in the area.
Lick Fork Nature Trail
The Lick Fork Nature Trail in the Edgeford County is under 2 miles long, but it can be fairly challenging in some areas that have steep inclines. I would recommend you bring a pair of hiking poles, they will assist in the steeper sections of the trail.
However, it is well worth the effort as you make your way through the forests admiring the wildflowers that grow at the base of the trees. There is much wildlife to be seen as well, you will see deer and a wide variety of birds. You will cross a couple of streams with bridges that add to the scenic beauty of the trail.
Blue Wall Passage
The Blue Wall Passage of the Palmetto Trail is in the Spartanburg County of South Carolina. You will come across views of ponds and mountains as well as some of the most beautiful farms. There are sections which can be mildly challenging, but most of the hike is not that difficult. However, it can also get very hot here during the summer months, so it is necessary to be prepared for that and carry a lot of water with you. If you are a bird watcher, you will really enjoy the Blue Wall Passage, it is home to over 100 species of birds.
There are many hiking trails in South Carolina which are spread out throughout the state, which means that they are not as overcrowded, and you can simply get away from the hustle and bustle. This is what makes this state unique to any other in terms of hiking.