Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in South Carolina

If your dog likes to ruff it, bring Fido hiking in South Carolina. Our dog friendly hiking section includes everything from easy one-hour walks to fantastic overnight trips in South Carolina that won’t be soon forgotten. Seriously, go take a hike!

Pet Friendly Paris Mountain State Park
Paris Mountain State Park Pets are allowed in most outdoor areas provided they are kept under physical restraint or on a leash not longer than six feet. Owners will be asked to remove noisy or dangerous pets or pets that threaten or harass wildlife. Pets are not allowed in or around lodging facilities.

One of the oldest protected areas in the state is gaining popularity as a beautiful retreat in a metropolitan area.

Formerly a watershed for the city of Greenville, the 1,275-acre Paris Mountain features large stands of old growth hardwood forests that canopy over hiking and biking trails, a family campground, picnic areas and Camp Buckhorn, a group-camp complex.
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Pet Friendly Falls Park on the Reedy
Falls Park on the Reedy Dog-friendly Falls Park on the Reedy is located in the center of downtown Greenville, SC, and is the perfect spot for a morning walk, an afternoon picnic, or an evening stroll with your favorite four-legged friend. The park has plenty of open space for Fido to roam, but dogs must be leashed at all times and owners must clean up after their pets. Poop bag dispensers are located throughout the park. On warm weekends, your dog will meet plenty of furry friends. See Details
Croft State Park Once an army training base, Croft State Park covers more than 7,000 acres of rolling, wooded terrain just a few miles from downtown Spartanburg. The park offers 12 miles of biking and hiking trails, a playground, picnicking and camping, as well as fishing and boating in one of two lakes.

Horseback riding in South Carolina state parks is widely popular, and Croft is known around the region for its equestrian facilities.

Dogs are allowed in most outdoor areas provided they are kept under physical restraint or on a leash not longer than six feet. Owners will be asked to remove noisy or dangerous pets or pets that threaten or harass wildlife.
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Swamp Rabbit Trail Swamp Rabbit Trail is a 22-mile walking/biking greenway trail that passes through the heart of downtown Greenville, SC, and Falls Park on the Reedy. Popular with humans of all sizes and their four-legged friends, the trail runs along the beautiful, meandering Reedy River, which features multiple waterfalls and is home to several of Greenville's finest ducks. Whether you and you pooch are traveling to Greenville, reside here, or are just passing through, you must not leave without hitting the dog-friendly Swamp Rabbit Trail. See Details
Pitt Street Railroad Bridge Pitt Street Railroad Bridge in Mount Pleasant is an old railroad causeway that used to connect Mt. Pleasant to Sullivan's island. The city planted grass and palm trees and it is a beautiful place to walk your dog and watch the sunset. There are pet waste stations and a water fountain for people and for dogs. A must do when in Charleston! See Details
South Carolina Botanical Gardens South Carolina Botanical Gardens is a pet-friendly attraction in Clemson, SC. This diverse garden has 295 acres of natural landscapes, display gardens, and miles of streams and nature trails. The vast majority of Botanical Gardens in the U.S. do not allow dogs. The South Carolina Botanical Garden welcomes your pets as visitors. Dogs must be leashed, are not allowed on the Natural Heritage Garden Trail, must stay out of flower beds and stick to the trails. Dog owners are reminded to clean up any mess that their pups leave behind. See Details
Edisto Beach State Park Pets are allowed in most outdoor areas provided they are kept under physical restraint or on a leash not longer than six feet. Owners will be asked to remove noisy or dangerous pets or pets that threaten or harass wildlife. Pets are not allowed in or around lodging facilities. Edisto Beach State Park, located on a remote sea island rich in Native American history, was originally developed in the 1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corps. A variety of shells dot the 1.5-mile beach and some of the tallest palmetto trees in the state can be seen throughout the park and Edisto Island.

This 1,255-acre park includes a dense maritime forest and an expansive salt marsh where visitors can explore the wonders of nature. The park offers a day-use area for beach access and a four-mile nature trail that winds through the maritime forest with beautiful vistas overlooking the salt marsh.
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Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park is pet-friendly. This completely paved walk goes along Columbia Canal as it meets with Broad River. The walk is 2.5 miles long each way and ends at the dam. Leashed dogs are welcome. See Details
Billy Dreher Island State Park Pets are allowed in most outdoor areas provided they are kept under physical restraint or on a leash not longer than six feet. Owners will be asked to remove noisy or dangerous pets or pets that threaten or harass wildlife. Pets are not allowed in or around lodging facilities.

This park on Lake Murray, once known as the “Dreher Island State Recreation Area”, is actually made up of three islands linked to the mainland by a causeway and two bridges. Twelve miles of shoreline offer opportunities for boating, fishing, hiking, and camping. This part of the lake is very attractive and peaceful because it is not as heavily developed as the parts closer to Columbia.
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Little Pee Dee State Park Pets are allowed in most outdoor areas provided they are kept under physical restraint or on a leash not longer than six feet. Owners will be asked to remove noisy or dangerous pets or pets that threaten or harass wildlife. Pets are not allowed in or around lodging facilities.

This 835-acre park includes a campground, nature trail, and picnic area. The park's 54-acre Lake Norton offers anglers the opportunity to try their luck for bream, bass, and catfish. The blackwaters of the Little Pee Dee River provide a tranquil setting for guests to enjoy at this regional state park. The river, named for the Pee Dee Indians who once roamed this area, is accessible from the park for fishing or just relaxing.
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Oconee State Park Pets are allowed in most outdoor areas provided they are kept under physical restraint or on a leash not longer than six feet. Owners will be asked to remove noisy or dangerous pets or pets that threaten or harass wildlife. Pets are not allowed in or around lodging facilities.

Among the park's 1,165 acres are two mountain lakes and a variety of recreational facilities for visitors to enjoy, including campgrounds, cabins, picnic areas and hiking trails.

The park also serves as the western terminus for the 85-mile Foothills Trail, which crosses the state's crown and ends at Jones Gap State Park.
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Kings Mountain State Park Pets are allowed in most outdoor areas provided they are kept under physical restraint or on a leash not longer than six feet. Owners will be asked to remove noisy or dangerous pets or pets that threaten or harass wildlife. Pets are not allowed in or around lodging facilities.

Kings Mountain State Park rests in a picturesque setting adjacent to Kings Mountain National Military Park, a prominent Revolutionary War battle site. This traditional state park, which encompasses 6,883-acres, offers outdoor recreation activities such as hiking trails, picnicking, fishing from a rental jon boat, seasonal canoe rentals, equestrian trails and more.
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Sadlers Creek State Park Pets are allowed in most outdoor areas provided they are kept under physical restraint or on a leash not longer than six feet. Owners will be asked to remove noisy or dangerous pets or pets that threaten or harass wildlife. Pets are not allowed in or around lodging facilities.

Outdoor water recreation and wildlife observation are popular activities at this 395-acre park, which sits on a peninsula extending into Hartwell Lake.

Sadlers Creek features a lakeside campground, fishing, picnicking, hiking, a meeting facility and boat access for those who wish to explore the 56,000 acres of Hartwell Lake.
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Hitchcock Woods Hitchcock Woods is one of the largest urban areas of forest in America and it's dog friendly. Bring Fido to this beautiful pine leaf forest with 65 miles of sandy trails to enjoy over 2100 acres. Nature lovers will be captivated by the huge variety of ecosystems on display throughout. Hitchcock Woods is also home to the rustic Aiken Horse Show in the spring, one of the oldest annual horse shows in the country. Although it is open to the public, the nonprofit organization that owns it, Hitchcock Woods Foundation, suggests passive use so that it maintains its natural beauty for generations to come. See Details
Aiken State Park Pets are allowed in most outdoor areas provided they are kept under physical restraint or on a leash not longer than six feet. Owners will be asked to remove noisy or dangerous pets or pets that threaten or harass wildlife. Pets are not allowed in or around lodging facilities.

Four spring-fed lakes and the meandering South Edisto River make Aiken State Natural Area a popular destination. The park is a combination of a river swamp, bottomland hardwood forest, and dry sandhill pine forest; the latter provides evidence of an era when the sea reached this far inland. The park has two trails.
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Lake Conestee Nature Preserve The dog-friendly Lake Conestee Nature Preserve consists of approximately 400 acres of beautiful natural habitat on the Reedy River just 6 miles south of downtown Greenville, SC. The park contains both hardwood and evergreen forest, extensive wetlands, 3 miles of the Reedy River, and a rich diversity of wildlife habitat. Deer, raccoon, beaver, fox, river otter, and various small mammals inhabit the park, along with numerous species of reptiles and amphibians. Over 170 bird species have been reported by the Greenville County Bird Club. Dogs are allowed on trails throughout the park. See Details
Lake Wateree State Park Pets are allowed in most outdoor areas provided they are kept under physical restraint or on a leash not longer than six feet. Owners will be asked to remove noisy or dangerous pets or pets that threaten or harass wildlife. Pets are not allowed in or around lodging facilities.

Lake Wateree is one of South Carolina's premier fishing and boating destinations, and Lake Wateree State Recreation Area provides ideal access to the 21-mile long, 13,700-acre reservoir. Day visitors and campers also can enjoy the numerous picnic tables, playground, and the mile-long nature trail through the quiet woods.
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Harbison State Forest Harbison State Forest is pet-friendly. Encompassing over 2,000-acres of forestland only nine miles from downtown Columbia, the unique urban location makes Harbison one of the largest public greenspaces inside the city limits of a metropolitan area in the country. Dogs are welcome on a number of trails throughout the natural area, including the 4.4-mile Firebreak trail and shorter trails for novice hikers. Leashed dogs are welcome throughout. See Details
Congaree National Park Congaree National Park is dog-friendly. This picturesque park in Hopkins, South Carolina allows pets to wander all trails, including the boardwalk. The trails vary between easy short trails, and a couple of longer trails that are over ten miles in a loop. All pets must be on a leash under six ft and under your control at all times. Pets may not be left unattended for any period of time. Check out the pet-friendly campsites if you want to tackle more than one trail together. The park is open every day of the week, all day. See Details
Rocky River Nature Park Rocky River Nature Park is pet-friendly. This tree-topped nature park offers short walks and wildlife viewing in a tranquil setting. Leashed dogs are welcome to join their owners on the wildlife trails, as long as they are cleaned up after. See Details
West Ashley Greenway The West Ashley Greenway is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Charleston! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the West Ashley Greenway. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Anne Springs Close Greenway Anne Springs Close Greenway allows leashed pets to join you on its miles of hiking trails. See Details
Cathedral Aisle Trail The Cathedral Aisle Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Aiken! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Cathedral Aisle Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Landsford Canal State Park You and Fido can enjoy the ingenuity which made the Catawba River commercially navigable in the early 1800s as you explore the remains of the historic canal system. Popular park activities include nature-watching, picnicking, fishing, hiking, canoeing, and kayaking. Dogs must be leashed at all times. See Details