Trails

Almost 40 miles of trails are located on the refuge for your enjoyment. Trails for hiking and bicycling are on each of the refuge's four units. And, canoe and kayak trails will be found at the Cuddo Unit. All trails on the refuge are considered to be low in difficulty and/or skill level.

There are:
10.5 miles of hiking trail
12.5 miles of hikng or bicycling trail
7.5 miles for auto touring on the Wildlife Drive
8.25 miles of canoeing and kayaking trails

Refuge trails and grounds are open daily from sunrise to sunset at Pine Island and Dingle Pond.

The Bluff and Cuddo units have gates for access and signage states the seasonal times of entry:
October 1 - February 28: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
March 1 – September 30: 6:00 am – 8:00 pm

Some hiking and biking trails are closed during November 1 – March 1 for the waterfowl sanctuary period. All trails are closed during the deer hunting season. Please visit the Visitor Center or call  803.478.2217 for closures.

A section of the Palmetto Trail, the South Carolina state through trail established by the Palmetto Conservation Foundation (PCF), runs through the refuge.  The primary portion of this trail is maintained by the PCF by means of a special use permit and volunteer agreement.

Palmetto Trail

Trail Length (mi)
1.13
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / introductory
Easy
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Taw Creek Trail

Trail Length (mi)
0.37
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Round Island Trail

Trail Length (mi)
0.16
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / intermediate
Moderate
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Timber Island Loop Trail

Trail Length (mi)
1.96
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Back Gate Trail

Trail Length (mi)
1.50
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Black Bottom Pond Trail

Trail Length (mi)
3.65
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Black Bottom Trail

Trail Length (mi)
1.17
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Central Field Trail

Trail Length (mi)
1.41
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Cuddo Loop Access Trail

Trail Length (mi)
0.17
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Cuddo Loop Trail

Trail Length (mi)
2.00
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Gator Pond Trail

Trail Length (mi)
0.81
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Hundred Acre Island Trail

Trail Length (mi)
3.01
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Pine Island Center Trail

Trail Length (mi)
0.69
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Pine Island Entrance Trail

Trail Length (mi)
0.68
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Potato Creek Trail

Trail Length (mi)
2.30
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Pine Island Loop Trail

Trail Length (mi)
0.77
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Wright's Bluff Trail

Trail Length (mi)
1.13
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / introductory
Easy
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Pump Pond Trail

Trail Length (mi)
1.46
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Dingle Pond Trail

Trail Length (mi)
1.15
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Savannah Spur Trail

Trail Length (mi)
0.29
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Dove Fields Trail

Trail Length (mi)
0.37
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / intermediate
Moderate
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