Confusion Falls -- 1,480'

South Carolina Hikes

South Carolina most closely neighbors my home in southwestern North Carolina.  Sporting much of the same ecological diversity of my home state, the hikes I have managed to make in this surprisingly diverse state just to my south have provided many days of enjoyment.  Whether you're looking for a walk in the mountains, swamplands, or along the seaside you can find it all here...

Adventure Log:  211.9 miles

Most of the galleries below have two numbers in parenthesis alongside their name. The first is the TOTAL MILEAGE of the route, the second is what I’m calling the “Petzoldt Rating” of DIFFICULTY. Developed by Paul Petzoldt, founder of NOLS, this rating system is the best I’ve found for standardizing the difficulty of hikes. It works as follows: One ‘energy unit’ is given for very mile travelled on flat terrain. You then add one more ‘energy unit’ for every 500-feet of elevation gain. For example, a one mile hike with 1,000-feet of gain would give you a rating of 3.00. Consequently a two mile hike with only 500-feet of gain would also give you a rating of 3.00. Please note, however, these ratings do not take into account weather, rough terrain, fitness level, etc. I’ve divided levels of difficulty into five levels, based on the following Petzoldt difficulty ranges:





10.00-12.49=VERY HARD;

12.50 & up=EXTREME

CLICK HERE for a Google map of hikes in these albums...


South Carolina Hikes by Difficulty Rating

Mountain Bridge Wilderness - Rim of the Gap Loop  (17.10)

Caesars Head State Park - Grand Loop  (17.00)

Table Rock State Park - Pinnacle Mountain  (14.30)

Congaree National Park - Oak Ridge & River Trail Loop  (13.20)

Jones Gap State Park - Hospital Rock Trail & Falls Creek Falls  (12.90)

Table Rock State Park - Table Rock  (12.61)

Caesars Head State Park - Dismal Loop  (11.80)

Mountain Bridge Passage & Lake Wattacoo  (11.10)

Paris Mountain State Park  (9.80)

Ellicott Rock  (9.50)

Mountain Bridge Wilderness - Bill Kimball/Jones Gap Loop  (8.56)

Eastatoe Creek Narrows  (7.70)

Jones Gap State Park - Rainbow Falls  (7.50)

Poinsett State Park  (7.30)

Moonshine Falls  (7.20)

Kings Mountain State Park  (6.90)

Watson-Cooper Heritage Preserve & Raven Cliff Falls  (6.80)

Lower Whitewater Falls  (6.00)

Raven Cliff Falls  (5.60)

Opossum Creek Falls  (5.56)

Keowee-Toxaway State Park  (5.50)

Devils Fork State Park  (5.00)

Forty Acre Rock  (4.90)

Jones Gap State Park - Jones Gap Falls  (4.53)

Virginia Hawkins Falls  (4.36)

Falls Creek Falls  (4.30)

Long Creek Falls  (4.06)

Big Rock Mountain  (4.00)

Blue Wall Preserve  (3.92)

Yellow Branch Falls  (3.86)

Pinnacle Falls on Abner Creek  (3.60)

Lee Falls  (3.56)

Congaree National Park - Boardwalk Loop  (3.10)

Huntington Beach State Park  (3.02)

Beidler Forest  (3.00)

Riley Moore Falls  (3.00)

Cypress Gardens  (2.05)

Sassafras Mountain  (1.51)

Santee National Wildlife Refuge - Bluff Unit  (1.05)

Brasstown Falls  (1.00)