Hiking Trails in South Carolina
For adventure seekers, South Carolina offers hundreds of hiking and biking trails in its majestic mountains and state parks. The trails provide the unique history, scenic landscapes and wild splendor of the state. The trails in South Carolina state parks offer endless opportunities to meet a variety of wildlife, beautiful gardens, lakes and natural attractions. There are national forests, wildlife sanctuaries, state forests with rugged trails and stunning waterfalls around the northern part of the state. Make your South Carolina vacation a great adventure, experience the thrill of hiking and biking in South Carolina.
The Table Rock is a great hiking trail with about 200 feet in elevation. The 76 mile Foothills trail passes through this park. There are two great waterfalls, Creek Falls and Rainbow Falls in this picturesque place.
The northern Greenville County has the Jones Gap State Park ideal for peaceful hiking. This park is suitable for fishing in the Middle Saluda River that has brook, rainbow and other wild trout fishes. A valid fishing license is required for fishing in Middle Saluda. This state park is the part of the Mountain Bridge Wilderness. Camping is available for a fee in the backcountry primitive sites.
Those who want to experience beautiful outdoors can select the Caesars Head State Park. It is located at the edge of the Blue Ridge Escarpment. The park is accessed by driving the windy highway 276 from Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway in the northern Greenville. As you go up, the State Park’s office and visitor centre are seen left. From here the panoramic view of the Table Rock reservoir and the Paris Mountain is a thrilling experience to all. The Greenville County Bird Club organizes the Hawk Watch program during September through November every year. The visitors can do fishing in the Middle Saluda, Mathews Creek and Julian Creek flowing through this park. The Raven Cliff Falls Trail is the most famous hiking trail in Caesars Head State Park. This 3.2 kilometer trail is moderately difficult and therefore suitable for experienced persons only. The Frank Coggins Trail is another 1.3 kilometer trail across the street from the park office.
Located in the western edge of South Carolina is the Sumter National Forest Andrew Pickens Ranger District. The important attraction here is the Chattooga River. There are three commercial rafting companies operating here to offer training and guided trips. Camping opportunities are available in this place with a number of developed and primitive campsites. The Opossum Creek Falls in this forest is seen in the southern part 21 kilometers west of Westminster.
There are many other state parks and trails that extent from mountains to the sea providing a spectacular sightseeing experience to the visitors. Go for a South Carolina hiking tour during your next vacation.