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Trail Activity:

  • Walk
  • Paved

Length:

0.2 miles

Difficulty: Easy

The outside amenities the John Ford Community Center has to offer include a football field, walking track, and playground area with exercise equipment.

Trail Activity:

  • Hike

Length:

3.0 miles

Difficulty: Strenuous

The Congaree Bluffs Heritage Preserve has trails that range from easy to strenuous, as well as an observation deck that offers scenic views overlooking the meandering Congaree River.

Trail Activity:

  • Water

Length:

51.0 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

The 50-mile Congaree River Blue Trail connects the City of Columbia, the Three Rivers Greenway, and rural communities to Congaree National Park, the largest wilderness in South Carolina.

Trail Activity:

  • Water

Length:

6.0 miles

Difficulty: Easy

Flowing through the heart of Congaree National Park, Cedar Creek is a major part of this dynamic floodplain wilderness area. It could be the finest canoe trail in the Midlands, too, since floating this dark waterway feels like taking a trip back to prehistoric times.

Trail Activity:

  • Hike

Length:

11.7 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

The Kingsnake Trail is a favorite trail for birders because of the diverse vegetation and proximity to Cedar Creek. When sloughs are full of water, beautiful views are possible around every bend.

Trail Activity:

  • Hike

Length:

6.6 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Passing through a rich stretch of old-growth forest, this trail traverses a subtle ridge where a variety of large oak trees grow. The number of low-lying sloughs makes this trail great for viewing wildlife like deer and wild turkey.

Trail Activity:

  • Hike

Length:

2.0 miles

Difficulty: Easy

This is a very nice—and fairly new—one-mile (two miles round trip) trail that parallels Bates Old River and offers the easiest access to the Congaree River in Congaree National Park.

Trail Activity:

  • Walk
  • Hike

Length:

2.8 miles

Difficulty: Easy

This loop trail provides great views of Cedar Creek where otters and wading birds are regularly observed. The eastern portion of this trail follows a cypress-tupelo slough (dried up river bed) where many cypress knees can be seen sticking up out of the water.

Trail Activity:

  • Walk
  • Hike

Length:

10.0 miles

Difficulty: Easy

This trail leads to the Congaree River, the lifeblood of the park's great natural diversity. Approximately ten times a year the river overflows its banks and pulses water through the bottomland forest. When the river is low, a large sandbar may be visible. Much of the forest along the river was logged prior to the park's establishment and vegetation here is noticeably denser than that of other trails.

Trail Activity:

  • Walk
  • Hike

Length:

2.4 miles

Difficulty: Easy

This is an accessible, easy-to-follow, densely foliated, boardwalk loop located in Congaree National Forest. As you walk through the various flood plain forest habitats, look for pileated woodpeckers, barred owls, osprey, great blue heron, and a variety of other birds and other wildlife.