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Oakridge Trail

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Map Key

3.9

Miles

6.2

KM

Point to Point

201' 61 m

High

137' 42 m

Low

341' 104 m

Up

367' 112 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

22%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Unknown

Features -none-

Clay-based trail can be slick the day after rain, but dries out fairly quickly.

Description

This is a flat, easy hike through Congaree swamp. The well-marked trail meanders through cypress forest and old-growth pine, crossing and recrossing creeks. The National Parks Service has been kind enough to bridge the creeks and add boardwalks over the muddiest parts of the trail, so there's no particular reason to get wet. It's also far enough off the boardwalk that on the unlikely chance that you run into other hikers, a few moments' pause will give you the trail to yourself again. The entire trail is clay-based, so it will be slick if it's rained within the past 24 hours. The entire trail is also close to stagnant water, so mosquito repellent is advised between April and November.

Keep an eye out for local wildlife: deer, wild hogs, black fox squirrels, red-tailed hawks, and owls are frequently spotted, especially in mornings before the heat of the day. Golden silk orb weavers are also common along the trail, whose fascinating yellow-colored webs are worth keeping an eye out for (and not just to avoid walking into one face-first). Dogs are welcome.

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Hiking Project Staff with improvements by Joye Harmon

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Photos

Along the backside of the trail
Jun 14, 2016 near Gadsden, SC
A tall tree along the side of the trail.
Dec 7, 2016 near Gadsden, SC
Trail marker
Jun 14, 2016 near Gadsden, SC
Cedar Creek as seen from the Oakridge Trail.
Dec 7, 2016 near Gadsden, SC
Trail Sign
Dec 7, 2016 near Gadsden, SC
Wise Lake
Dec 7, 2016 near Gadsden, SC

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Oct 5, 2019
Ed Altman
Sep 2, 2019
Joye Harmon
Rain the previous night left the trail slick, but not otherwise challenging. Very flat. Bring bug spray. 7mi — 3h 00m
Jul 28, 2019
kevin Mcginnis
3.9mi
Aug 12, 2013
Ethan Walter
3.9mi — 2h 30m
Sep 18, 2012
Brent Nelson