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Landsford Canal State Park

4 Places to Hike in

South Carolina’s Piedmont

Calling all hikers: The Olde English District offers several unforgettable hiking trails in South Carolina’s Piedmont. In this guide are four hiking trails, each presenting unique attractions and landscapes. So strap on your hiking boots, and let’s get moving. 

1. The Carolina Thread Trail

An iconic route stretching across multiple counties in North and South Carolina, the Carolina Thread Trail offers non-stop attractions and adventure to hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. The trail is an extensive network of trails, offering a variety of hiking, biking and walking opportunities. 

Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a casual stroller, the Carolina Thread Trail takes you up close to nature. With its scenic routes and accessibility, it’s perfect for those wanting a little bit of adventure while soaking in the scenery in the heart of the Carolinas.

Navigate nature along the Carolina Thread Trail, a regional network of connected greenways, trails and blueways that reaches 15 counties, 2 states and 2.9 million people.
Carolina Thread Trail

2. The Anne Springs Close Greenway

The Anne Springs Close Greenway’s trails are positioned against the backdrop of a 2,100-acre nature preserve. Hike through lush, green landscapes with views of woodlands and open meadows. Hikers can explore well-maintained paths suitable for various skill levels, providing opportunities for both leisurely walks and challenging treks.

3. State Parks in the Olde English District

Many South Carolina state parks in the Olde English District feature hiking trails. For a casual stroll, the Cheraw Nature Trail at Cheraw State Park is an easy 2-mile walk, along the inner loop of the larger 4.5-mile Turkey Oak Trail. The Caney Fork Falls Trail at Chester State Park is also an easy 1.3-mile out-and-back trail that showcases several fishing spots along a 160-acre lake. 

Landsford Canal State Park beautifully combines historical richness with beauty. Hikers get to journey through the easy-to-navigate 1.5-mile Canal Trail while learning the history of the well-preserved 19th-century canal system. Or take the shorter route along the 0.6-mile Nature Trail, which offers opportunities to view a rare flower bloom in early summer. While Kings Mountain State Park has a 16-mile loop that meanders through hardwood forest. 

Chester State Park bridge
Chester State Park

4. The Palmetto Trail

The Palmetto Trail is one of South Carolina’s longest trail systems, offering hikers an ecologically diverse experience. This trail gracefully winds its way through the Olde English District with sections in Union and Fairfield Counties. 

The Enoree Passage spans an uninterrupted 36 miles through Sumter National Forest, seamlessly connecting Union County with two other counties in the state. As you traverse the trail, keep an eye out for the natural beauty found in the Sumter National Forest. The Peak to Prosperity Passage starts at the Alston trailhead in Fairfield County and moves across the Broad River trestle, which offers a view from a 1,100-foot-long bridge.