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Best Hiking Trails in South Carolina – USA

Overview

There’s a teeny tiny part in the far northwest corner of the southern US state of South Carolina bordering on North Carolina that is mountainous. The main areas to hike are in Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area which includes Caesar’s Head State Park and Table Rock State Park, Pickens County which includes Sassafras Mountain and Paris Mountain State Park. The best months to hike in South Carolina are April to October. Read on for more information on where and when to hike in South Carolina. 

Capital: Columbia

When To Hike in South Carolina – USA?

April – October: Driest period
March; November
December – March: Cold, rain/snow

Climate: Humid subtropical – hot, humid summers, and cool winters

 

NWS Forecast Office Charleston, SC

Accessibility of Hiking

Easy: Well-marked trails with good maps and guidebooks and other resources for hiking trip planning.

Transportation required: Car

Where to stay in South Carolina for hiking:

  • Pumpkintown
  • Cleveland

Most popular hikes in South Carolina – USA

A very small part of the northwest part of the state, bordering NC, are the Blue Ridge Mountains. Highest Mountain: Sassafras Mountain (1083 m) in Appalachian Mountains.

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Pickens County

  • In addition to having Sassafras Mountain, this area has other mountains to hike
  • Nine Times Preserve
  • Jocassee Gorges Wilderness Area

Blue Wall Preserve

Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve

Long Distance Trails of South Carolina – USA

South Carolina – USA's Walking & Hiking Resources

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South Carolina Hiking Books: 

  • Five-Star Trails: South Carolina Upstate: Spectacular Hikes Near Greenville, Spartanburg, Oconee, and Pickens Counties, by Sherry Jackson, 2023, Menasha Ridge Press – https://amzn.to/3JslaCU
  • Hiking South Carolina: A Guide to the State’s Greatest Hikes, by Josh Kisner, 2013, Falcon Guide – https://amzn.to/49HOccL
  • Hiking Waterfalls Georgia and South Carolina: A Guide to the States’ Best Waterfall Hikes, by Melissa Watson, 2022, Falcon Guides – https://amzn.to/3Q38lTq
  • 50 Hikes in South Carolina (Explorer’s 50 Hikes), by Johnny Molloy, 2016, Countryman Press – https://amzn.to/3w371sQ
  • Family Hikes in Upstate South Carolina, by Scott Lynch, 2012, University of Georgia Press – https://amzn.to/3Q67u4h 

 

South Carolina Hiking Associations/Clubs: – there are many clubs

 

Best Hiking Trails in South Carolina:

You can find more details on hiking these trails from hiking guidebooks, official park websites, trail maps/apps, other websites, and tourist offices:

  • Pinnacle Mountain – Table Rock State Park
  • Jumping Off Rock – Jocasee Gorges
  • Fall Creek Falls – Jones Gap State Park
  • Table Rock Trail – Table Rock State Park
  • Sassafras Mountain
  • Whitewater Falls – Nantahala National Forest
  • Foothills National Recreation Trail
  • Raven Cliff Falls and Dismal Trail Loop – Caesars Head State Park

Easy Hiking Trails in South Carolina:

  • North Lake Loop Trail – Paris Mountain State Park
  • Rocky Bald and Cedar Rock Trail – Nine Times Preserve

 

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