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 West Ashley Greenway
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
Pet Friendly Swamp Rabbit Trail
Swamp Rabbit Trail The Swamp Rabbit Trail is a 22-mile walking/biking greenway trail that passes through the heart of downtown Greenville and Reedy River Park. 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, already live here, or are just passing through, you must not leave without hitting the Swamp Rabbit Trail. See Details
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. See Details
The Sea Pines Forest Preserve Take a hike with your pup through The Sea Pines Forest Preserve in The Sea Pines Resort community on Hilton Head Island. Entrance to The Sea Pines resort is $6 per vehicle. You and Fido can walk the trails and see a 4,000-year-old Indian Shell Ring, a rice field, wildflowers in abundance, a vanishing swamp, and gorgeous lakefront views. Just keep your dog on a leash at all times in the preserve, and make sure to clean up after him. Entrance to The Sea Pines resort is $6 per vehicle. See Details
Pitt Street Railroad Bridge This is the 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. Parking can be tight. See Details
Palmetto Islands County Park Bring your pet with you on-leash to this lovely, tropical, 943-acre park, which also includes a fenced, off-leash dog run. See Details
Anne Springs Close Greenway Anne Springs Close Greenway allows leashed pets to join you on its miles of hiking trails. See Details
Falls Park on the Reedy Falls Park on the Reedy is located in the center of downtown Greenville 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
Lake Conestee Nature Preserve 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 the paved trails throughout the park, but may no longer walk on the nature trails to preserve the wildlife of the area. See Details
Audubon Newhall Preserve The Audubon Newhall Preserve is a 50-acre tract of land with trails and a pond supporting alligators. Leashed dogs are allowed. During the spring and fall, interpretive walks are offered for a fee. 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. 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
Palmetto Trail - Swamp Fox Passage The Palmetto Trail - Swamp Fox Passage 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 Awendaw! The map below shows a trailhead where you can pick up the Palmetto Trail - Swamp Fox Passage. 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
North Augusta Greeneway Park The North Augusta Greeneway Park 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 North Augusta! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the North Augusta Greeneway Park. 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
Cottonwood Trail The Cottonwood Trail is part of the Edwin M. Griffin Nature preserve, located minutes from downtown Spartanburg. The property protects a 1.5 mile stretch of Lawson’s Fork Creek and several feeder streams. Over 5 miles of trails offer runners and naturalists a break from city traffic. It provides a place for citizens to run, walk, kayak, canoe, and to enjoy other recreational outings. This urban greenspace has many unique and outstanding features including several wetlands, open spaces, geological formations, and offers habitat for deer, wild turkey, fox, beaver, raccoon, numerous birds and reptiles, wildflowers, and trees. Pets must remain on a leash under owner's control. See Details
Mary Black Rail Trail The Mary Black Rail 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 Spartanburg! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Mary Black Rail 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
Florence Rail Trail The Florence Rail 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 Florence! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Florence Rail 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
Palmetto Trail - Swamp Fox Passage The Palmetto Trail - Swamp Fox Passage 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 Bonneau! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Palmetto Trail - Swamp Fox Passage. 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
Blue Ridge Railroad Historical Trail The Blue Ridge Railroad Historical 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 Mountain Rest! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Blue Ridge Railroad Historical 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
Arrowhead Park Enjoy a walk along the beautiful trails of this Cheraw park. Pets are welcome to join you if on-leash. 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
Riverside Park A 45 acre park on the banks of the Great Pee Dee River with picnic area, boat landing, and walking trails. See Details
Joe Riley Waterfront Park Joe Riley Waterfront Park is pet-friendly. Leashed dogs are welcome at this downtown Charleston park along the waterfront. Dozens of benches are stationed within the park, both along the river and in the well-tended green spaces just offshore, and tall palmetto trees create a slightly shaded barrier just yards away from the water's edge. The park is popular with runners, bikers and birdwatchers. The park is open every day of the week from 6am to 9pm. 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