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Hiking Your Way Through South Carolina's State Parks

· Outdoor Adventure,Hiking,South Carolina

The best vacations are the ones where you've spent time exploring a new area. What better way to see and experience all that a new place has to offer than getting up and getting out. Hiking is a fun and adventurous travel experience, and if you're in an area where stunning scenes of nature surround you then we urge you to explore them. Whether you're interested in half-day hikes or whole-day hikes that involve camping along the way, we have something for you. 

All day/half day hikes include Table Rock State Park with two different trails: the Table Rock Trail (6.2 miles) and the Pinnacle Mountain Trail (8.4 miles). The trails are tough, but the views are breathtaking and worth it. Other options are Devil's Fork State Park which has the Bear Cove Trail (5 miles) and Keowee-Toxaway State Park with the Raven Rock Trail (4.4 mile loop).

Ellicott Rock Wilderness Area/Nantahala National Forest has a list of different hiking choices which all have gorgeous views of rivers and colorful blooming flowers:

  • Medlin Mountain (8.5 miles)
  • Spoonauger Falls (8.5 miles)
  • Easr Fork Loop (8.5 miles)
  • Ellicott Rock Trail (7.0 miles)
  • Salt Trough Ford (9.5 miles)

Oconee State Park has three trails: Hidden Falls Trail (4.8 miles), Oconee Trail (4.6 miles) and Tamassee Knob Trail (4.0 miles). After a day of exploring, head into town for a bite to eat at any of the following: Aunt Sue's Country Corner, Pumpkintown Mountain Opry, The GateHouse Restaurant, Dakota Grill or The Steakhouse Cafeteria.

Maybe you're looking for easier hikes that are not all day, but have equally stunning views. Table Rock State Park has two trails: Carrick Creek (2 mile loop) and Lakeside Trail (1.9 mile loop). Oconee State Park has two trails: Lake Trail (1.2 mile loop) and the Old Waterwheel Trail (2.4 miles). Devil's Fork State Park has a trail called the Oconee Bells Nature Trail (1.6 mile loop) and Keowee-Toxaway State Park has the Natural Bridge Nature Trail (1.3 mile loop).

Take a deep breath and take in the stunning views surrounding you during your time away in nature.

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