Did you know South Carolina’s Old 96 District has six South Carolina state parks? That’s a lot of opportunity for outdoor adventure—not just for camping and boating, but also for an unbeatable selection of hiking and biking trails.
Choose your adventure from every skill level at difficult, intermediate, to beginner. Challenge yourself to a blood-pumping ride on the Lakeview Trail loop, or set a slower pace through the British Encampment Trail while reflecting on Revolutionary War history. A bonus: the breathtaking views of the Sumter National Forest serve as a backdrop for many of our trails in the Old 96 District. So get to planning your hiking getaway on South Carolina’s Freshwater Coast!
Steep and leafy, the yellow-blazed trail beckons you downhill and deeper into the forested hills surrounding the creek, which makes its final splash into the placid waters of Lake Thurmond. A very nice scenic trail with a little adventure.
Studded with brilliant wile blossoms of dogwood each spring, the hillsides of Baker Creek State Park stand out in their new cloak of spring green leaves. This is a trail that is a delight to walk, a fine introduction to the oak hickory forest topping these rugged hills.
This is a short connector trail between Campground #2 and the park store and docks, and it provides great scenic views. The trail provides unique perspectives on Lake Russell and the forest sloping down to the waters.
The Beaver Run Trail is a linear trail between the skeet shooting area parking lot and the lodge at Hickory Knob State Resort Park. The 2.3-mile Beaver Run Trail provides an easy mountain bike ride for beginners or the perfect setting for a morning jog. The trail stays close to Lake Thurmond for much of its length and loops around the historic Guillebeau Cabin.
This trail is thought by many avid outdoor experts to be one of the best bike trails in the Old 96 District. The name Lakeview Trail says it all! A beautiful view. It is a loop with technical spots that’ll give an adrenaline rush to cyclists and is well-maintained. For mountain bikers, this trail provides technical challenges and views of Lake Strom Thurmond.
This trail is a short loop, which means when cyclists stay away, hikers can play. This walk in the woods offers steep ups and downs and switchbacks as it traverses the oak-hickory forest so common in the uplands.
Enjoy the scenic view of this short hiking trail. Following the trail markers on the trees, you will wander up and down through a thick forest of oaks and elms. All through this area you may encounter a variety of birds, deer and other wildlife. You may also be lucky enough to sight a Bald Eagle that nests in this area as you make your way back to the Gift Shop.
This trail begins at the ADA boardwalk, which leads to the overlook at Horseshoe Falls. The trail leaves the overlook and goes out to the battleground area. Along the way are interpretive waysides that explain the American Revolutionary War Battle of Musgrove Mill, which occurred on August 19, 1780.
This easy one-mile loop starts in the parking lot and runs along the Enoree River much of the way. The trail has interpretive waysides that educate about the homestead of the Musgrove family, and the British Encampment in the summer of 1780 during the Battle of Musgrove Mill.
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