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.

395 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.

346 Saves

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.

252 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.

230 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.

178 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.

171 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.

160 Saves

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.

156 Saves

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.

150 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.

138 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.

136 Saves

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.

135 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.

128 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.

127 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.

123 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.

117 Saves

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.

107 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.

106 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.

106 Saves

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.

105 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.

95 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.

93 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.

93 Saves

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.

87 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.

81 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.

77 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.

71 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.

68 Saves

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.

61 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.

59 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.

58 Saves

Take in the View from Caesars Head Overlook

South Carolina / Caesars Head Visitor's Center and Overlook

The Drive: Head North on SC Highway 11 "Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway" towards Table Rock State Park.

56 Saves

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.

52 Saves

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.

50 Saves

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.

41 Saves

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.

41 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.

40 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.

40 Saves

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.

35 Saves

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.

34 Saves

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.

32 Saves

Hike to Jones Gap Falls

South Carolina / Tom Miller Trail

For Caesar's Head State Park access, head North from Pickens on HWY 178 until it intersects with HWY 11.

31 Saves

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.

31 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.

27 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.

26 Saves

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.

24 Saves

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.

23 Saves

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.

21 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.

20 Saves

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.

18 Saves

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.

18 Saves

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.

17 Saves

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.

14 Saves

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.

14 Saves

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.

14 Saves

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).

13 Saves

Paddle Poplar Creek on Lake Marion

South Carolina / Santee State Park Boat Ramp

Come to the low country of South Carolina to live slow, enjoy some rich culture and history, quench your thirst for a great paddling adventure, and view incredible wildlife in the process.

12 Saves

Hike through Santee State Park

South Carolina / Santee State Park Visitor Center

From Columbia SC, take I-26 South towards Orangeburg. Stay on this road for 31.5 miles and then take exit 136 to merge onto SC-6 E towards St. Matthews. Continue 28.

10 Saves

Paddle Lake Juniper

South Carolina / Juniper Lake Launch Site

Cheraw State Park kind of seems like an unexceptional place. It's got your typical small-park facilities: car camping, golf course, boat launch, tiny public beach.

6 Saves

Bike the Fant's Grove Trails in the Clemson Experimental Forest

South Carolina / Butch Kennedy Trailhead

Fant's Grove is part of Clemson University property and is housed inside of the southern end of the Clemson Experimental Forest.

5 Saves

Hike Santee National Wildlife Refuge

South Carolina / Santee National Wildlife Refuge (Bluff Unit)

From Columbia SC, take I-26 South towards Orangeburg. Stay on this road for 31.5 miles and then take exit 136 to merge onto SC-6 E towards St. Matthews.

5 Saves

Bike the Marsh at Santee National Wildlife Refuge - Bluff Unit

South Carolina / Santee National Wildlife Refuge (Bluff Unit)

From Columbia SC, take I-26 South towards Orangeburg. Stay on this road for 31.5 miles and then take exit 136 to merge onto SC-6 E towards St. Matthews.

5 Saves