The Best Outdoor Activities in South Carolina
Discover the best hiking, camping, backpacking, fitness, and more.
Hike to Table Rock Mountain
South Carolina / Table Rock Mountain Trail
While the Piedmont Foothills may sound deceptive, this is no easy trail. The first two miles of the Table Rock Trail take you soaring through the trees at a rapid pace.
Hike to Rainbow Falls and Pretty Place
South Carolina / Jones Gap Parking Area
Jones Gap State Park in the Upstate of South Carolina is one of the most beautiful parks in the state offering a good range of moderate and challenging hiking and backpacking trails through the Mount.
Hike to the Brasstown Falls
South Carolina / Brasstown Falls Parking Area
These waterfalls are absolutely beautiful during the summer greenery and fall foliage, but open to access year around. Driving Directions: From Westminister, follow US 76 West for 11.
Summit Sassafras Mountain
South Carolina / Table Rock State Park Nature Center
Pinnacle Trail begins by the Nature Center in Table Rock State Park. Keep left at the first three splits in the trail.
Hike to Lower and Upper Whitewater Falls via Foothills Trail
South Carolina / Foothills Trailhead, Bad Creek
The Foothills Trail runs a total of 76 miles across the Blue Ridge Escarpment.
Kayak to Laurel Fork Falls
South Carolina / Foothill Trails Access Point
This stunning waterfall tumbles down 80 feet before spilling into Lake Jocassee between a slot of shear rock cliffs.
Explore Botany Bay
South Carolina / Botany Bay
Located approximately 45 miles south of historic Charleston, SC, this 4,600-acre Plantation Heritage Preserve is on Edisto Island.
Hike to Lee Falls
South Carolina / Lee Falls Trailhead
The Hike: Head out through the middle of the first of three fields, crossing creeks two times as you come to them. At the end of the last field, the trail enters the woods.
Hike the Sulphur Springs Trail, Paris Mountain
South Carolina / Sulphur Springs Trailhead
From Picnic Area 6, follow the white-blazed trail in either direction. Take in the scenic forest, wildflowers, and streams. The trail will also take you along the shore of Mountain Lake.
Paddle on Lake Oolenoy
South Carolina / Lake Oolenoy Boat Ramp
Part of Table Rock State Park, Lake Oolenoy is a 67-acre lake providing private boat access for kayaks, canoes, or small boats with electric trolling motors.
Take a Stroll on the Palmetto Trail across the Broad River Trestle
South Carolina / Palmetto Trail
The Palmetto Trail is a mountains-to-sea trail in South Carolina that will stretch 425 miles across the state when completed.
Explore Bulls Island
South Carolina / Bull Island Ferry
Bulls Island is located just 20 miles away from America's #1 small city - Charleston, South Carolina.
Hike the Jones Gap Loop
South Carolina / Jones Gap Trailhead
Start on the Jones Gap Trail (blue), which will lead you alongside the Saluda River. After 2.5 miles, take the Old Springs Branch Trail (orange) to loop back to the lot.
Camp at the Boneyard Beaches of Hunting Island State Park
South Carolina / Hunting Island Primitive Campground
There are a few different access trails throughout the park and all are equally impressive with scenery and ease of hike but starting from the Hunting Island Campground take the beach access near the.
Kayak Camp on Capers Island
South Carolina / Gadsdenville Public Boat Landing
Enjoy a relaxing adventure by paddling to Capers Island for a day trip or overnight.
Hike Swamp Rabbit Trail to Reedy River Falls
South Carolina / Mayberry Park Parking
Swamp Rabbit Trail is a 21 mile-long paved walkway that closely follows the Reedy River in Downtown Greenville.
Hike to Kings Creek Falls
South Carolina / Kings Creek Falls Trailhead
The trail to Kings Creek begins behind the bulletin board in the Burrells Ford primitive campground parking lot. It is an easy .5 mile trail to the falls.
Hike to Yellow Branch Falls
South Carolina / Yellow Branch Picnic Area
Once you have turned into the picnic area off of Highway SC 28, you will see the open and easy parking area. The trail begins at 2 points on the southern end of the parking area.
Stroll the Boardwalk Loop at Congaree National Park
South Carolina / Harry Hampton Visitor Center
The Boardwalk Loop begins at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center where you can get a Self-guided Boardwalk Tour brochure.
Hiking through Forty Acre Rock Heritage Preserve
South Carolina / Forty Acre Rock Heritage Preserve
This 2,267 acre preserve is known for its hiking, birding, and a 14-acre granite flatrock with a variety of wildflowers to observe.
Kayak the Goodale State Park's Canoe Trail
South Carolina / Goodale SP Parking Area
Put in your personal canoe or kayak near the spillway and paddle across Adams Mill Pond.
Photograph Angel Oak
South Carolina / Angel Oak Park
Angel Oak Park is located just 12 miles from downtown Charleston, so it makes for a great mini trip if you're already visiting the beautiful area.
Hike Cedar Falls Park
South Carolina / Cedar Falls Park
There are three loop trail options at this 65-acre park, all beginning at the kiosk. The interpretive Jo Peeler Nature Trail is an easy 0.
Walk the Boardwalk Loop in Congaree National Park
South Carolina / Harry Hampton Visitor Center
The boardwalk trail is an easy 2.4 mile walk through a small portion of Congaree National Park.
Hike to Virginia Hawkins Falls (Double Falls)
South Carolina / Foothills Trail Laurel Valley Access
A moderate to advanced 4.7 hike has many stairs and a lot of ascents and descents along the way. The hike may not be the easiest but the pay off is worth it.
Explore Gibson Pond Park
South Carolina / Gibson Pond Park
I started exploring this park when I was about 14 years old. My mom was a huge fan of the park and took us to it as kids.
Explore Columbia Riverfront Park
South Carolina / Columbia Riverfront Park
This park is located alongside of the Columbia Water Treatment Facility. You are able to walk on the paved path that has mile markers every 1/4 of a mile.
Explore Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
South Carolina / Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
There are several different things you can do here. Tour the gardens, boat tour, tram tour, Audubon tour, plantation tour, etc.
Hike to Big Bend Falls
South Carolina / Burrell's Ford Campground
The hike to Big Bend Falls begins on the Chattooga River Trail at the Burrell's Ford Campground. To get here you take Burrell's Ford Road off of SC 107.
Kayak Cedar Creek at Congaree NP
South Carolina / Cedar Creek Canoe Launch
This river has several points throughout the park where you can launch your kayaks and canoes. The river is marked with mile markers along the way so you can count down to the next launch point.
Hike the River Trail at Congaree National Park
South Carolina / Harry Hampton Visitor Center
Start your adventure at the parking lot for Congaree National Park and make your way to the Harry Hampton Visitor Center.
Mountain Bike Croft State Park
South Carolina / Croft Parking (State Rd S-42-500)
Croft State Park, called Tour de' Dump by locals, is a 7,000 acre state park containing a lake, a river, horse back riding, recreational fields, etc.
Camp at Honey Hill
South Carolina / Honey Hill Recreation Area
If you are looking to get out in the woods for a few days without any distraction, Honey Hill is the place for you.
Backpack the Swamp Fox Passage from Witherby to Rt. 17
South Carolina / Witherby Ranger Station
The Swamp Fox Passage is a portion of the larger Palmetto Trail, which travels from the Western mountains of South Carolina, Eastward to the Atlantic Ocean.
Take a Stroll Down the Charleston Battery
South Carolina / Charleston Battery
This rustic concrete path overlooks the ocean views. As you walk on this path you will come across camera-toting tourists, horse drawn carriages and incredible Charleston architecture.
Kayak on Lake Murray
South Carolina / Lake Murray Boat Ramp
Lake Murray is a beautiful lake to dip your feet into. The boat park allows access to everyone with any boat. There is a concrete, standard boat ramp that allows larger boats to be put in the water.
Hike to Twin Falls, SC
South Carolina / Twin Falls TH, Sunset
Once you get to the destination there should be a small parking area. At the end of this parking area you will see the start of the Twin Falls trail that will be mostly a flat walk.
Kayak the Savannah River at Thurmond Dam and Lake
South Carolina / Thurmond Dam Parking
Starting at Thurmond Dam, drop your kayak in just below the dam and travel down the Savannah River.
Hike the South Tibwin Trail
South Carolina / South Tibwin Trailhead
The trailhead is located at the South Tibwin parking lot on the east side of Highway 17, about 12.5 miles north of McClellanville. You will see a large metal gate and hikers bulletin board.
Explore the White Point Garden
South Carolina / White Point Garden
As soon as you walk into the park you are immediately surrounded by the absolute beauty of the area.
Walk the University of South Carolina Horseshoe
South Carolina / University of South Carolina Horseshoe
Right in the center of the University of South Carolina's campus there is a gorgeous horseshoe. It is one of the most historic pieces of campus.
Explore Redcliffe Plantation
South Carolina / Redcliffe Plantation
Nestled in between Augusta GA and Aiken SC, Redcliffe Plantation is one of the many large historic plantations in South Carolina.
Hike the Fourteen Mile Creek Trail
South Carolina / Fourteen Mile Creek Trail
This tucked away trail is well-hidden. I actually needed air in my tire and this was the closest gas station.
Photograph the South Carolina State House
South Carolina / South Carolina State House
The South Carolina State House was built in 1855 and it's architecture proves that. From the gorgeous stone columns to the copper roof, this structure is picture perfect.
Backpack the Foothills Trail through the Southeastern Appalachian Mountains
South Carolina / Foothills Trailhead (Table Rock SP)
Starting at Table Rock State Park (South Carolina) and working your 76.
Photograph Wildlife Drive
South Carolina / Wildlife Drive
This drive begins at he corner of Alligator Alley and Wildlife Drive and lasts about 4.2 miles. The trail is wide enough to fit two vehicles if necessary, but it is a one-way track.
Hike along the Chattooga River to Spoonauger Falls
South Carolina / Spoonauger Falls Trailhead
Spoonauger falls housed in Sumter National Forest, received its name after the Spoonauger family which historically lived above the falls.
Visit Fort Sumter National Monument
South Carolina / Fort Sumter
Fort Sumter is a sea fort out on an island in the middle of Charleston Harbor and is a great place to visit if you like history and/or exploring ruins.
Hike the Nature Trail at Sergeant Jasper Park
South Carolina / Nature Trailhead - Sergeant Jasper Park
This park is filled with everything an outdoor adventure should have. Each of the seven lakes has gorgeous look out spots where you can fish (if you purchase a daily pass).
Hike to Issaqueena Falls and Stumphouse Tunnel
South Carolina / Issaqueena Falls Parking Lot
From Walhalla South Carolina, follow SC 28 westward 7 miles until you see Stumphouse Tunnel Park on the right-hand side of the road.
Hike to Raven Cliff Falls, Caesars Head SP
South Carolina / Raven Cliff Falls at Caesars Head State Park
Location: From the intersection of US276 & SC11, head Northwest on US276.
Walk around Audubon Swamp
South Carolina / Audubon Swamp Garden
If visiting Magnolia Plantation and Gardens for the day, consider paying the extra $8 admission to walk around the Audubon Swamp Garden.
Hike the Weston Lake Trail, Congaree NP
South Carolina / Weston Lake Trail
If you're looking for a longer hike in Congaree National Park than just the Boardwalk Loop, try adding another 2.0 miles to the Boardwalk Loop by hiking the Weston Lake Trail.
Walk the Nature Trail at the Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge
South Carolina / Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge
This trail is located on the Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge. The trail is very well marked and well maintained so it's easy to access.