Itineraries Walks in the Parks

Walks in the Parks

Take a trail walk in the world’s largest trees in our National Park.

Explore an island park, river walkways and water parks, holiday light drive through parks, history reenactments and more as you explore the parks in this region. Fourteen miles of the state’s Palmetto Trails are a must do on your visit here. We boast over 28 parks and trails across the four counties. The hard part is visiting all of them, so you will have to plan a return visit.

Day 1

Walks in the Parks - Day #1

Our region is packed with outdoor opportunities including hiking, biking, camping, kayaking, canoeing and fishing.

Congaree National Park, located in Hopkins, SC, is a great spot to start exploring. Waters from the Congaree and Wateree rivers provide nourishment and rejuvenation to growth of national and state champion trees. Hiking trails, guided walks, kayaking and camping can be enjoyed among the diverse forestry that covers the 26,276-acre park.

Saluda Shoals sits along the Saluda River and is just below the Lake Murray Dam. Covering 400-acres, the park allows visitors many opportunities for exploration and fun. Enjoy the river observation deck, boat launches, picnic shelters, multi-use trails along with tennis courts, a dog park, an inclusive playground, splash pad, environmental center and more.

Day 2

Walks in the Parks - Day #2

Dreher Island State Park spans three islands, covers 348 acres and provides access to 12 miles of pristine Lake Murray shoreline. Along with water access for boating, fishing and personal water sport, the park offers nature trails, bike paths, tent camping, RV parking and cabins. The Lake is well known as one of the best fishing spots.

Within our region lies a great stretch of the Palmetto Trail. With picturesque views, this gentle hiking trail provides all ages with a great outdoor exploration. Climb the stairs to the elevated train trestle in the Peak to Pomaria passage, follow the old rail beds and take in the view from the old bridge that crosses the Broad River.