Hiking Trail

Guignard Clay Quarry Loop

Department of Natural Resources Congaree Creek Heritage Preserve
(Lexington County)


From the parking area, follow red and green trail markers on this winding, occasionally steep, and challenging loop trail through a dense wetland area. You will pass through mixed woods beneath dangling Spanish moss, make your way through tall, swampy grass, and balance atop dikes between murky backwaters. Benches at several points along the trail provide an opportunity to stop for a minute, and possibly observe wildlife including a variety of birds, alligators, large turtles, iridescent-indigo dragonflies, great blue heron, and snakes.

During wet weather the trail may be impassible in places. Insect repellent is recommended, especially in warm weather, as well as water and first-aid supplies. Although the trail is located near some of Columbia’s larger industries, the area is quite isolated.

No motorized vehicles or bicycles are allowed.

Length: 2.7 mile loop.

Fees: No fee.

Directions: From I-77 Exit 2 (Saxe Gotha Dr.) south of Columbia, drive north on 12th Street Extension and turn right onto Godley Street. At the stop sign, turn right onto New State Road. At the fork, turn right onto Old State Road (S-32-66) and the parking area is 1.4 miles on the right.

Hours: Daylight to dusk.

Camping: No camping.

Information: DNR Heritage Trust Program P.O. Box 167, Columbia, SC, 29202, Telephone: 803-734-3886.

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Updated: November 16, 2005
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