Top Adventures in Hopkins

  • Hike the Weston Lake Trail, Congaree NP

    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.   From the visitor's center, take the Boardwalk Trail and stay straight...

    4.5 miles 0 ft gain

  • Stroll the Boardwalk Loop at Congaree National Park

    The Boardwalk Loop begins at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center where you can get a Self-guided Boardwalk Tour brochure. There aren't any water refilling stations along this trail, so be sure to fill up your water bottles before you descend down an ...

    2.4 miles

  • Walk the Boardwalk Loop in Congaree National Park

    The boardwalk trail is an easy 2.4 mile walk through a small portion of Congaree National Park. However, it is an excellent introduction to the park as it takes you deep into the swampy and cypress forest. The flat surface is accessible and provid...

    2.5 miles

  • Hike the River Trail at Congaree National Park

    Start your adventure at the parking lot for Congaree National Park and make your way to the Harry Hampton Visitor Center. There you can find clean bathrooms, drinking fountains, a gift shop, and trail guides. When you're ready to begin your hike, ...

    10 miles

  • Kayak Cedar Creek at Congaree NP

    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. This river is actually so slow moving that you can k...

  • Hike the Guinard Clay Quarry Loop

    This trail is a short 2.5 mile loop through what used to be the Guinard Clay Quarry in West Columbia, SC. The old pits from which clay used to be harvested have formed a bunch of ponds which attract wildlife. There are alligators in this area as w...

    2.5 miles 19 ft gain

  • Walk the 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. While walking along the horseshoe, you can stumble across college students hurrying to class, people h...

  • Photograph the 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. The state house is in the middle of 11 acres of gorgeous scenery. Benches, s...

  • Explore 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. Or, you can hike along one of the nature trails placed throughout the park that run right al...

    5 miles

  • Bike the Outer Loop at Harbison State Forest

    This loop starts at the parking lot on the Firebreak Trail. About 1 mile in the trial hits a fire road and turns right but you will cross the road and continue on the Firebreak connector to Stewardship Trail. Take a left and continue onto the Stew...

    8.7 miles 821 ft gain

  • Hike the 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. As I was circling the parking lot to see if they had an air pump, I saw there was a sign that read "14 Creek Mile Trail". As I'm an adven...

    1.5 miles

  • Explore 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. However, I did not realize that there was a path until I was roughly 20 years old. That path is beautiful. It is a paved loop...

    0.4 miles

  • Nearby camping, hotels, and more

    • 100 National Park Road

      Congaree National Park Camping

      Overview Longleaf and Bluff campgrounds are located above the floodplain in the upland region of Congaree National Park. Many of the park trails can be accessed from the campgrounds.Recreation Con...

    • Summerton, South Carolina

      Santee / Santee Lakes KOA

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