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1,421 mi 2,288 km of trail 30 Recommended Routes

Gems 6 Gems Easy Trails 235 Trails Intermediate Trails 217 Trails Hard Trails 28 Trails
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gem Favorite Reward after a climb up Rainbow Falls Trail to find Rainbow Falls, view from the lower level.

Rainbow Falls

(15) Slater-…, SC
gem Favorite The view from the top of Table Rock makes climbing it worth the effort!

Table Rock Viewpoint

(6) Pickens, SC
gem Favorite Check out this cool rock-and-tree-root formation right beside Matthew's Creek.

Raven Cliff Falls

(10) Slater-…, SC
gem Favorite Jones Gap Falls next to the Middle Saluda River off a little side trail from Jones Gap Trail

Jones Gap Falls

(12) Slater-…, SC
gem Favorite Sassafrass Mountain  SC/NC Border  Foothills Trail

Sassafras Mountain

(5) Brevard, NC
gem Favorite Yellow Branch falls

Yellow Branch Falls

(4) Walhalla, SC

Recommended Routes in South Carolina - 28

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Favorite The Cathedral's colossal cliffs are truly a sight to see.
Difficult

Raven Cliff Falls Loop

7.8 mi 12.5 km 1,681' Up 512.27 m Up 1,683' Down 512.95 m Down

Slater-…, SC
Favorite The view from the top of Table Rock makes climbing it worth the effort!
Difficult

Pinnacle Trail to Table Rock Loop

10.9 mi 17.6 km 3,031' Up 923.7 m Up 3,026' Down 922.19 m Down

Pickens, SC
Favorite Lower boardwalk can be flooded. Check with the ranger or the website before you head out.
Easy

Boardwalk Loop Trail

2.3 mi 3.8 km 76' Up 23.08 m Up 76' Down 23.23 m Down

Gadsden, SC
Favorite The Middle Saluda River near and across on Jones Gap Trail (to the left TH in pic and across bridge standing on, Jones Gap Ranger Station and emergency 911 phone since no cell signal).
Intermediate

The Palmetto Trail: North to South

371.3 mi 597.5 km 19,516' Up 5948.47 m Up 18,857' Down 5747.72 m Down

Walhalla, SC
Favorite Falls Creek Falls is a towering, yet beautiful must-see.
Difficult

Falls Creek Falls

2.0 mi 3.2 km 624' Up 190.19 m Up 625' Down 190.37 m Down

Slater-…, SC
Favorite You can scramble right up to the base of the small waterfall in the spillway off the Wild Azalea Trail.
Intermediate

Lake Haigler Loop

1.5 mi 2.4 km 92' Up 28.17 m Up 93' Down 28.28 m Down

Fort Mill, SC
Favorite The Middle Saluda River near and across on Jones Gap Trail (to the left TH in pic and across bridge standing on, Jones Gap Ranger Station and emergency 911 phone since no cell signal).
Very Difficult

Jones Gap - Caesars Head Loop

28.5 mi 45.9 km 6,337' Up 1931.51 m Up 6,336' Down 1931.18 m Down

Slater-…, SC
Favorite October trail run Paris Mountain Greenville, SC.
Intermediate

Sulfur Springs Loop

4.1 mi 6.6 km 786' Up 239.53 m Up 785' Down 239.29 m Down

Wade Ha…, SC

Trails in South Carolina - 450

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3.3 mi 5.3 km #1Table Rock Trail
Difficult
Pickens, SC
Difficult
Pickens, SC 25 
78.5 mi 126.4 km #2Foothills Trail
Difficult
Walhalla, SC
Difficult
Walhalla, SC 16 
1.5 mi 2.4 km #3Rainbow Falls Trail
Difficult
Slater-Marietta, SC
Difficult
Slater-Marietta, SC
6.9 mi 11.1 km #4Great Wall
Intermediate/Difficult
Martinez, GA
Intermediate/Difficult
Martinez, GA
1.4 mi 2.3 km #5Daniel Island Waterfront Trail
Easy
North Charleston, SC
Easy
North Charleston, SC
1.8 mi 2.9 km #6Issaqueena Lake Trail
Intermediate
Clemson, SC
Intermediate
Clemson, SC
52.8 mi 84.9 km #7Bartram Trail #164 - South
Intermediate/Difficult
Mountain City, GA
Intermediate/Difficult
Mountain City, GA
3.0 mi 4.8 km #8Paradise Loop
Intermediate
Fort Mill, SC
Intermediate
Fort Mill, SC
9.7 mi 15.7 km #9Foothills Trail: Sassafras Mountain, SC to Gum Gap, NC
Difficult
Brevard, NC
Difficult
Brevard, NC
2.0 mi 3.2 km #10Masons Bend Trail
Intermediate
India Hook, SC
Intermediate
India Hook, SC
2.5 mi 4.0 km #11Double Tree Fork
Intermediate
Clemson, SC
Intermediate
Clemson, SC
9.9 mi 15.9 km #12Chattooga River Trail #54
Intermediate/Difficult
Clayton, GA
Intermediate/Difficult
Clayton, GA
1.5 mi 2.4 km #13Waterford Trail - River Park
Easy
Fort Mill, SC
Easy
Fort Mill, SC
2.7 mi 4.3 km #14Triple Creek Trail
Intermediate
Clemson, SC
Intermediate
Clemson, SC
5.3 mi 8.5 km #15Whippoorwill Trail
Intermediate
Wedgefield, SC
Intermediate
Wedgefield, SC
0.6 mi 1.0 km #16General Greene Tree
Intermediate
Gadsden, SC
Intermediate
Gadsden, SC
1.6 mi 2.6 km #17Southern Trail
Intermediate
Spartanburg, SC
Intermediate
Spartanburg, SC
0.9 mi 1.5 km #18Tunnel Trail
Intermediate
Fort Mill, SC
Intermediate
Fort Mill, SC
2.1 mi 3.3 km #19Founders Trail
Intermediate
India Hook, SC
Intermediate
India Hook, SC
4.8 mi 7.7 km #20Brown Wave
Intermediate
Murphys Estates, SC
Intermediate
Murphys Estates, SC

Photos of South Carolina - 317

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The forested section of the trail.
Mar 3, 2016 near Hardeev…, SC
Lakeside trail
Jun 13, 2020 near Pickens, SC
Lower boardwalk can be flooded. Check with the ranger or the website before you head out.
Jan 9, 2016 near Gadsden, SC
Charleston, SC, USA
Apr 9, 2020 near Charleston, SC
Sunset over marsh - Folly Beach, SC
Apr 9, 2020 near Folly B…, SC
A picture of trees at Campbell's lake in Patrick, South Carolina. The reflection on the water in this one is nice.
Apr 9, 2020 near Cheraw, SC
Palmettos in bloom in Congaree National Park
Mar 31, 2020 near Gadsden, SC
Congaree National Park, South Carolina, USA
Mar 31, 2020 near Gadsden, SC