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.

Ian Shannon
293 Saves

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.

Seth Berry
203 Saves

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 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.

Seth Berry
146 Saves

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.

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.

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.

Seth Berry
94 Saves

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.

Seth Berry
92 Saves

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.

Seth Berry
88 Saves

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.

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.

Seth Berry
75 Saves

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.

Seth Berry
73 Saves

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.

Seth Berry
71 Saves

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.

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.

Jason Heritage
60 Saves

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.

Seth Berry
59 Saves

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.

Jason Erdman
57 Saves

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.

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.

Whitney Conley
53 Saves

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.

Mike Fennell
52 Saves

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.

Alyssa Eberflus
47 Saves

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.

Justin Costner
47 Saves

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.

Matt Van Swol
45 Saves

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.

Alyssa Eberflus
41 Saves

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.

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.

Whitney Conley
38 Saves

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.

Meagan Evans
35 Saves

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.

Alyssa Eberflus
29 Saves

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.

Blake Rouse
26 Saves

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.

Jason Erdman
23 Saves

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.

Seth Berry
23 Saves

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.

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.

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.

Alyssa Eberflus
18 Saves

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.

Mike Fennell
13 Saves

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.

Matt Van Swol
10 Saves

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.

Matt Van Swol
6 Saves