If you’re looking for an outdoor activity that will make your summer days even happier, you need to hike these trails!
There’s a trail for everyone in Charleston, from the picturesque walking paths of Green Ashley Greenway to the muddy Edisto Nature Trail. Lace-up those hiking boots (or running shoes) and head out to any of these places in and around Charleston:
1. West Ashley Greenway
Length: 15.6 miles
The trail is only paved for the first six miles and then turns to dirt and gravel. It’s mostly flat, so it’s perfect for children, rollerskating, strollers, and even wheelchairs. You’ll be able to take in beautiful marsh views!
2. Magnolia Gardens
Where: Magnolia Plantation 📍 3550 Ashley River Rd
Length: 3.5 miles
This is a loop trail that goes through the gardens of the Magnolia Plantation. It’s primarily used for hiking and nature watching. Dogs are allowed but must be kept on a leash. The surrounding vegetation, marsh, and wildlife are gorgeous, don’t forget to take pictures.
3. James Island County Park Trail
Where: 📍871 Riverland Dr
Length: 3.5 miles
Your dog will certainly love this trail. It’s suitable for any skill level, and the park has many other activities you can get involved in. You’ll be able to rent bikes, kayaks, and paddleboats.
4. Swamp Fox Passage
Where: 📍 Palmetto Trail, near Mc Clellanville
Length: 47 miles
One of the longest sections of the Palmetto Trail. The trail itself is pretty straightforward, but the length makes it hard to finish in one day. You’ll be able to see four different ecosystems throughout your trek, including many swamps—ideal for mountain biking.
5. Awendaw Passage
Where: 📍 Palmetto Trail
Length: 7 miles
The Awendaw Passage is named for the creek it follows. It’s a beautiful scenic trail that curves along the edge of a marsh and goes through a wonderful forested area. It’s perfect for hiking, running, and even fishing.
6. Edisto Nature Trail
Where: 📍8337 State Cabin Road
Length: 1.5 miles
Don’t forget to grab a brochure at the trailhead! You’ll be able to walk while learning about the vast flora and fauna. Your dog will love to hike this trail with you; but beware, you might end up with a muddy pup.
Featured photo by Sarah German @sarahgram76