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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

the 10 Best Hiking Trails in South Carolina

t's time to get out and see the low country, because Tripleblaze.com has officially released a list of top 10 hiking trails in the state of South Carolina. Not only are these trails the best in South Carolina, but four of them also rank in the top 100 in the nation. Tripleblaze compiles the best hiking trails list based on visitors' ratings and reviews that have been collected continuously since 2005.

South Carolina has plenty to offer from the coastal east to the far west, but the middle of the state dominated with five trails right outside of Colombia. Congaree National Park made plenty of appearances on this list with four trails within the park ranking in the top 10. The Bluff trail offers a beautiful, but short, hike through the Congaree's youngest eco-system, while The Boardwalk Loop takes hikers along a self-guided trail raised up on a boardwalk. Sesquicentennial State Park, also in the Colombia area, offers 4 great hiking trails that also double as biking trails.

The greater Charleston area was also a hotspot on our list, with 3 of the top 10 in that area. Hikers can enjoy a 50-mile hike along Swamp Fox Passage, or simply take a 4-mile out-and-back trail that skirts Lake Marion in Santee State Park. 

"The low country's trails offer so much diversity and wildlife, and this list highlights that," comments Tripleblaze Writer, Kelley Spurlock. "Each of these hikes showcase the best of the best in South Carolina, and will likely leave hikers happy that they went." 

All of these trails run through either state parks or national parks, and hold a variety of plant life and wildlife. Pine forests and hardwood forests abound in South Carolina and make for great hiking. 

Cheraw State Park – Cheraw, SC
Sesquicentennial State Park – Colombia, SC
Bluff Trail, Congaree National Park – Hopkins, SC
Santee State Park – Santee, SC
Ellicot Rock Wilderness/Spoonauger Falls Side Trail – Mountain Rest, SC
Swamp Fox Passage – Charleston, SC
River Trail, Congaree National Park – Hopkins, SC
Oakridge Trail, Congaree National Park – Hopkins, SC
The Boardwalks Loop, Congaree National Park – Hopkins, SC
Mountain Bike Trail, Santee State Park – Santee, SC