Not everyone is cut out for the challenging hikes of the backcountry, but that doesn’t mean they should have to miss out on the natural beauty state parks have to offer. Nearly every state park offers some sort of short and simple walking trail for guests who want to explore the park’s natural environment without the strain of a tough hike. A few of those walks are mentioned below and you can also search for a park near you!
At Woods Bay, an easy three quarter-mile loop takes guests through a Carolina Bay area filled with lush vegetation and a variety of birds, animals and reptiles. For a closer look at these remaining bays, a 500-foot boardwalk extends into the swampy land, where guests may even spot several alligators. Check out Woods Bay's trails, here.
If you’re looking to get outdoors, but don’t want to head far from town, Sesqui offers a number of short nature walks through the quiet sandhills region, just far enough away from the busy roads to enjoy a quiet walk in the woods. Two loop trails are available to choose from and take hikers to a quiet setting away from Sesqui’s central activities. Check out Sesqui's trails, here.
Known to many as a great fishing spot along Lake Murray, Dreher Island also provides a short system of trails that run through the woodsy peninsula. The longest trail, Little Gap, winds for two miles through pine and hardwood forests and lucky trail walkers may even spot a bald eagle that nests in the area. Check out Dreher Island's trails, here.
Each spring brings the bloom of the Oconee Bell to Devils Fork, a rare flower found in the southern Appalachian region. Despite its sparse locations, the Devils Fork Oconee Bell nature loop trail lets guests get an up close look at the flower without having to trek too far into the mountains.
For more information on walking and other types of trails across the state, visit the South Carolina Trails website.