South Carolina Trail Organizations and Clubs
The Audubon Society's mission is to protect birds and other wildlife and their habitats. South Carolina Audubon has over 4000 members and is organized into six local groups around the State. Each group presents monthly program meetings and weekend outings. Please contact Francis Beidler Forest for referrals to local groups.
Bike the Neck
Bike the Neck, a grassroots citizens group, began meeting in February 1994 to develop a master plan for a multipurpose path on the Waccamaw Neck in Georgetown County, South Carolina. Within a year, it was unanimously approved by the Georgetown County Planning Commission and the County Council. By the year 2002, the path will connect the fishing village of Murrells Inlet to historical Georgetown with approximately 17 miles of hard-surfaced pathways along Highway 17.
Greater Greenwood Parks and Trails Foundation
The goal of the Greater Greenwood Parks and Trails Foundation is to create bicycle, pedestrian, and other nonmotorized paths and facilities in Greenwood County that are accessible to all members of the community. Efforts include rails-to-trails, sidewalks along existing roads, public utility rights-of-way, and other paths connecting public areas such as parks, playgrounds, shopping areas, recreation centers, and schools. We welcome volunteers to take on tasks as project leaders or simply to sign up for work-days. We also welcome organizations to volunteer for regular maintenance of any portion of these trails.
Palmetto Trails, a nonprofit organization, began in 1994 in the Palmetto Conservation Foundation's effort to develop a trail from the South Carolina mountains to the sea (The Palmetto Trail). Its mission is to promote, protect, and initiate development of trails and greenways in South Carolina; provide a voice for this development through technical assistance, education, and information-sharing. Supporting Palmetto Trails is a step on the trail to preserving the quality of life we deserve for generations to come.
The Sierra Club is a grass-roots environmental organization which started in San Francisco in 1892. Its purpose is to explore, enjoy and preserve the forests, waters, wildlife and wilderness of the United States and the planet Earth.
The South Carolina Chapter has over 4,000 members and is organized
into nine local groups around the State. Each group presents monthly program meetings,
deals with local conservation issues, and offers an outings program of day hikes,
backpacking, canoeing/kayaking, bicycling, car camping, and more. The South Carolina
Chapter maintains an office staffed by a chapter director, administrative assistant, and
volunteers. Please contact the Chapter office for referrals to local groups. Group Meeting
Times and Places (all meetings are at 7:30 P.M. unless otherwise noted)
Naturaland Trust is a non-profit land conservation organization that in 1972 conceived the idea of preserving a spectacular 40,000-acre wilderness located in the northwestern corner of South Carolina along the North Carolina state boundary. Over the years Naturaland Trust was able to protect the area by means of conservation easements and outright acquisition. With the cooperation of the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism (PRT), the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR), The Nature Conservancy, and the U.S. Department of Interior, the Mountain Bridge became a reality in 1980. Naturaland Trust has constructed many miles of hiking trails in the Mountain Bridge area. See their guidebook in the publications section.
Tri-County Trails Networking Group Wayne Link
A diverse informal group of persons interested in networking with others interested in trail issues and to working on trail development and maintenance projects in the Tri-County area. The group promotes interaction between trail user groups to foster understanding and cooperation for the enjoyment of forests and trails. Work projects and networking meetings are scheduled as needed. Anyone interested is encouraged to call for dates of next the get together.
The Palmetto Cycling Coalition is an affiliation of the bicycling clubs within the State designed to promote on and off-road bicycling and bicycling-related issues. Its goals are to foster greater communication between bicycling clubs, to serve as an advocacy group for bicyclists, and improve the bicycling environment within the State of South Carolina.
of Spartanburg, Inc.
Clemson Mtn Bike Club
PeeDee Adventure Club
Florence, SC 29501
Sumter Chain Gang
Carolina Horsemen's Council
Manchester Trail Riders
Low Country Saddle Club
Rock Hill York County Saddle Club
Plum Branch Saddle Club
O Box 457
McCormick S.C. 29835
Pendleton Area Saddle Club
Club established in 1988 as a family oriented organization promoting horseback riding as a recreational activity. The Club participates in many community service projects: Adopt-a-Highway, "special rider's day" for disables children, St. Jude's Benefit Ride, trail clean-up and maintenance, and support of 4-H clubs in the area.
Greenville Natural History Association
The aim of the Natural History Association and part of its charter: "To promote the enjoyment of the outdoors, teach outdoors ethics, encourage the conservation of air, woods, waters, and wildlife in general." The Association offers hikes every weekend and Wednesdays for their 500 members.
Foothills Trail Conference (FTC)
The Foothills Trail Conference, a nonprofit organization was founded in 1974 to promote and support the development of the Foothills Trail. Now that the Trail is a reality, the Conference continues. Some of its contemporary roles include design and implementation of a maintenance system, protection of the Trail, revision of the Guide to the Foothills Trail, and planning extensions of the Trail. The 103-mile Trail runs from Oconee State Park to the Mountain Bridge State Natural Area along the South Carolina/North Carolina border. It crosses some of the most rugged, most beautiful terrain in the Carolinas. Contact FTC to purchase a guide book and to join.
Palmetto Wanderers is a Volksmarch Club for avid lovers of walking, especially out-of-doors. The Club schedules group walks, monthly meetings, and shares a newsletter to keep you on your toes about walking news. They meet on the 4th Tuesday of each month at the Columbia Visitor's Center. Join Today. Contact Sandy Best for a calendar of events.
Anderson Hikers & Backpackers
The Anderson Hikers & Backpackers Club was founded in 1987 to educate hikers and backpackers to enjoy and care for trails. The Club can provide gear and support for hikes and overnights.
Columbia, SC 29229
SCORE was organized in April, 1992 by the All Terrain Vehicle and Off-Road Motorcycle Clubs in the State. Currently SCORE represents seven clubs at the state level. Their purpose is to open new public trails on state and federal lands, to canvas large land owners for use of private land for riding purposes, to support small clubs with land use problems, to have legislative input for future land development planning and registration programs, to keep members involved through a regular newsletter, to educate dirt riders on responsible off-road behavior, to be sensitive to the needs of our young and less experienced riders and to work to improve the public image of all off-road enthusiasts.
Columbia Enduro Riders Association (CERA)
Family Riders Motorcycle Club
Greenville Enduro Riders
Long Cane Enduro Association
Santee Cycle Club
Sumter Enduro Riders Motorcycle Association (SERMA)
Upstate Trailrider Association
Edisto River Canoe & Kayak Commission
Low Country Paddlers