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South Carolina Backpacking Trails

Charleston: Palmetto Trail (Awendaw Connector)

This 9.8-mile out-and-back strolls through sandy pine and oak forest, and across tidal creeks to stunning coastal views in Francis Marion National Forest.

Charleston: High Ground Loop

This is literally one for the birds. Take a hike along a waterfowl-rich marsh on this 8-miler through Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge.

Charleston: Palmetto Trail (Swamp Fox Passage)

This leisurely 8.2-mile out-and-back meanders through the low-country forests and cypress swamps of Francis Marion National Forest.

Greenville, SC: Raven Cliff Falls Loop

This 7.7-mile lollipop loop through the Mountain Bridge Wilderness leads to Raven Cliff Falls, arguably South Carolina’s most famous waterfall.

Greenville, SC: Sassafras Mountain

Tag the two highest peaks in South Carolina on this 17.2-mile out-and-back with overlooks, waterfalls, and a homestead crumbled by weather and time.

Greenville, SC: Long Cane Loop

Wander among the big trees and rocky ridges of the Old South’s Sumter National Forest.

Greenville, SC: Foothills Trail

Walk the wilderness that bridges North and South Carolina on a 33-mile shuttle hike that samples lush riverside trail and ridgetop views.

Greenville, SC: Table Rock Mountain

Notch unrivaled vistas of South Carolina’s Piedmont region from one of the state’s most revealing vantage points on this 7-mile out-and-back to the iconic Table Rock Mountain.

Jocassee Gorges, SC: Laurel Fork Falls via Foothills Trail

Link waterfalls, rushing creeks, and a refreshing swimming hole on this 14.6-miler in Jocassee Gorges.

Wildlife on Mackay Creek
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Charleston: High Ground Loop

This is literally one for the birds. Take a hike along a waterfowl-rich marsh on this 8-miler through Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge.

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Greenville, SC: Table Rock Mountain

Notch unrivaled vistas of South Carolina’s Piedmont region from one of the state’s most revealing vantage points on this 7-mile out-and-back to the iconic Table Rock Mountain.

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Destinations Stories Maine South Carolina

Trail Mix — East — March 2013

By: Graham Averill (See This Now), Ryan Pinkard, Nathan Pipenberg (This Just In), and Rachel Zurer

Your region's go-now guide: Visit a new hikers' hostel connected to 50 miles of trail in Maine's Bigelow Mountains, see the rare Oconee bell in South Carolina's Jocassee Gorges area, explore the world's longest mapped cave system near Louisville, and more.

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