South Carolina Trails
South Carolina has countless opportunities to showcase its beauty. Visitors to local beaches number in the millions; people flock each autumn to watch the changing mountain foliage and every county — from the most urban to the most rural — has cultural and natural attractions.
The South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism (SCPRT) operates the central Trails Program for the State. The SC Trails Program provides technical assistance, awards and manages grants and serves as a clearinghouse for the variety of trail related activity across the State. SCPRT employs a person in a position to provide professional assistance to trail groups in the state. For most groups, the State Trails Coordinator is the first point of contact when undertaking trail construction and planning and the Coordinator serves as an advocate for South Carolina trails.
The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is a federal-aid assistance program designed to help states provide and maintain recreational trails for both motorized and non-motorized recreational trail use. RTP is on a two-year grant cycle (tentative 2018 and 2019 RTP Schedule) and is administered by the Federal Highway Administration. [Click here for an important update regarding SC RTP—Education Grants.]
SC Trails encourages trail users to venture beyond. Trails can be developed in every region, connected to a variety of natural resources and made accessible for a wide diversity of users. As we bring this program to fruition, we can greatly increase the opportunities to enjoy the vast range of South Carolina’s treasures through trails.
The goal is to develop or improve trails for off-road motorcycles, ATVs, mountain bikers, equestrians, hikers and paddlers. Eligible applicants must be a state, federal or local government agency or qualified private organization. All SC Trails applications are graded utilizing a competitive Open Project Selection Process (OPSP) reviewed by a grading team and a 20% match is required. [Goals of the South Carolina State Trails Plan]
The trails you may find on this website are sponsored or managed by many different agencies and departments. Not all trails on this website were not funded through the SC Trails Program (RTP). The trail descriptions and maps listed in this website are based on information received from trail “owners,” research of trail publications and websites, and input from trail users. In most cases the first sentence of each description gives a brief overview, such as difficulty, terrain, and trail surface, so you can decide if this is the trail for you. The maps were created using GPS data, but due to weather, or changes by the trail “owner,” the map may not be a true representation.
Since we are just an information source, we have to depend on “owner” input to make updates, changes, or announce trail closures. If you have a question regarding a particular trail, it is best to contact the source listed on the trail pages.