Best Walking & Hiking Trails near Aiken, SC

South Carolina is famous for beautiful landscapes. Check out the list below for some great day trip ideas to explore our beautiful state and an opportunity to escape for some fresh air in and around Aiken, South Carolina.

Best Walking and Hiking Trails Aiken, SC

Hitchcock Woods Foundation

One of the largest urban forests in the nation, Hitchcock Woods is a sprawling 2,100 acre reserve with over 70 miles of sand trails that is friendly for all sorts of activities including horseback riding, walking, hiking, biking and more.

Best Walking and Hiking Trails Aiken, SC

Phinizy Swamp Nature Park

“Phinizy Center’s mission is to promote environmental stewardship through research, education, and public outreach.” In addition to serving to environmental research, “many ongoing events fulfill Phinizy Center’s mission of public outreach, including monthly nature hikes, full moon walks, annual Earth Day celebrations, and family bike rides.” Check out some of their guided tours.

Best Walking and Hiking Trails Aiken, SC

Savannah Rivers Bluffs Heritage Preserve

Perfect for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts, it’s not uncommon for hikers to see deer, racoons, foxes and potentially even some unique plant life that are on the federal endangered plants list like the Bottle-brush Buckeye, Upland Swamp Privet and more.

Savannah Rivers Bluffs Heritage Preserve

Harbison State Forest

With 18+ miles of this forest dedicated to trails for hiking or biking, Harbison State Forest is worth more than one trip to see it all! In addition to Harbison State Forest trails, there is also a place to take a canoe or kayak out on the water.

Best Hiking and Walking Trails near Aiken, South Carolina

Euchee Creek Park

What makes Euchee unique is how it’s connected between neighborhoods, parks, schools and communities all across Columbia County. A perfect day trip for the entire family. The Euchee Creek Greenway has plentiful trails that offer family-friendly access to all ages and abilities.

Best Hiking and Walking Trails near Aiken, South Carolina

Cayce / West Columbia River

The perfect waterfront stroll along 3+ miles of trail that is friendly for all ages and abilities. We recommend timing your hike to see the sunset along the river!

Best Hiking and Walking Trails near Aiken, South Carolina

Augusta Canal Trail

While this park offers a beautiful escape to nature through walking trails, they also offer boat tours if you want a day to get into nature but rest your feet.

Best Hiking and Walking Trails near Aiken, South Carolina

North Augusta Greeneway Park

Bridges, rail cars, water front, paved trails - this park winds through the city and back to nature and offers something for the entire family.

Best Hiking and Walking Trails near Aiken, South Carolina

Aiken State Park

And last but not least, look no further than Aiken’s very own state park. “Set along the South Edisto River, Aiken State Park is a haven for fishing, canoeing and kayaking. A scenic 1.7-mile canoe and kayak trail winds its way down the south fork of the Edisto River, attracting paddlers from across the region.”

Aiken State Park