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