South Carolina, located in the southeastern U.S., is dominated by hundreds of sea islands off the coast, the Atlantic Coastal Plain that stretches island, hilly forested terrain in the center of the state, and the Blue Ridge Mountains that stretch across northwestern South Carolina.
South Carolina is home to Congaree National Park, where hikers and backpackers can disappear among the bald cypress and tupelo trees of this jungly park.
The editors at Backpacker have created an extensive collection of popular trails and trips for hiking and backpacking South Carolina.
It's hard to find an ugly spot in the national parks. But these eight hikes take it to the next level, with gorgeous scenery and wildlife. Go for a walk.
Kayak where land, sea, and river converge, then camp on a beach and take to a wildlife refuge on foot on this multiway paddling trip to Capers and Bulls Islands. BY DAVID KUCZKIR
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Link waterfalls, rushing creeks, and a refreshing swimming hole on this 14.6-miler in Jocassee Gorges.
Spy diverse swamp wildlife in one of the newest national parks.
See Shenandoah's tallest waterfall, traverse secluded ridgelines, score cliff-top panoramas, swim beneath falls, and walk through wildflowers and oak stands on the Florida Trail.