Aiken County Nature Trails
Aiken County is located in the western part of the state along the Georgia state line, and on the fall line physiographic province, which lies between the coastal plain and piedmont physiographic provinces. Miles of trails await you at seven Heritage Preserves, which are open for public use one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset.
Hiking, Biking, Equestrian, and Water Trails
Horse Creek Water Trail
Re-opening Spring 2020
Entry: Access by kayak or canoe off Posner Street in Graniteville, Langley Pond in Burnettown, and Harrison-Caver Park in Clearwater.
The Horse Creek Water Trail is one of the newest attractions and oldest Native American sites in Aiken County. The 9-mile nature lovers retreat winds through Horse Creek Valley. Used by Native Americans to water their horses and rest, they also built villages along the creek, which empties into the chilly Savannah River.
Langley Pond Loop Trail
Entry: Langley Pond Park
The first trail developed by the GAIT Foundation (Greater Aiken Integrated Trails). Ride your horse through the beautiful woods at Langley Pond Park. Accessible by foot or horseback, the wooded trail is 2.8 miles winding through a cool canopy of lush thick woods accessible only at Langley Pond Park. GAIT’s next equestrian trail coming soon to Boyd Pond Park! Look for improvements to Boyd Pond Park’s mountain bike trail.
Access: Seven entrances, easiest is the corner of Laurens St. and South Boundary.
Open 365 days from dawn till dusk.
A 2,100 acre natural forest surrounded by greater Aiken, SC. Annually, thousands of equestrians and nature enthusiasts enjoy 65 miles of trails featuring unique plants and animals. The Hitchcock Foundation encourages passive recreation to preserve the integrity and tranquility of the forest. Motorized vehicles or bicycles are not allowed.
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Crackerneck is a 10,470-acre Wildlife Management Area and Ecological Reserve owned by the U. S DOE, and managed by the S.C. DOR in Jackson.
Silver Bluff Audubon Center & Sanctuary
4542 Silver Bluff Rd., Jackson, SC
Hours: Call ahead for hours
The 3,154 acre wildlife sanctuary is a National Audubon Society property with a varied habitat of forests, fields, lakes, ponds and streams, and trails nestled along 2.4 miles of the Savannah River. It is a favorite destination for birding with over 200 species and wildflowers. Educational programs focus on forest and land management.
Boyd Pond Park
340 Boyd Pond Rd, Aiken, SC
2 mile walking trail and over 6 mile mountain bike trail in a 210 acre park with 30 acre pond. Follow Silver Bluff Rd. (SC-302) for 7 miles out of Aiken. Turn Right onto Boyd Pond Rd
Brick Pond Park
88 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, SC
Open year round, from dawn until dusk. Enjoyable, easy to follow paths. 62-acre park is a natural habitat for animals and birds, falls and a pavilion.
H. O. Weeks Center/Virginia Acres
Price Avenue, Aiken, SC
A flat, lit, paved, multi-use, 1-mile oval path. Bicycles or motorized vehicles are not permitted.
Sparkleberry at The Bishop Gravatt Center
1006 Camp Gravatt Rd., Aiken, SC
Year round, dawn to dusk M-F. Register at office for this 2-mile trail. Pets must remain on leashes. Water and restrooms are available in the dining facility.
Carolina Bay Nature Reserve
Price Avenue, Aiken, SC
Open year round, dawn to dusk
The Carolina Bay is surrounded by 14 plus acres of land.
North Augusta Greeneway
100 Riverview Park Dr., North Augusta, SC
A smooth paved trail for walking, hiking, bicycling, and roller-skating. Built along an abandoned railroad track, the trail offers a wonderful “green tunnel” experience for much of its length. The main trail is over seven miles long, with several more miles of trails branching off of it. Access points located at Municipal Center, Riverview Park, Martintown Rd., Pisgah Rd and Bergen Rd.
501 Front Street, North Augusta, SC
Located on the Savannah River and a stretch of the beautiful Greeneway. Large grassy area, pavilion and a dock.
Aiken State Park
1145 State Park Rd., Windsor, SC
Open year round
3-mile loop through wetlands, and mixed pine and hardwood forest. Leashed pets ok. Restrooms near the picnic area. Enter park, turn left. Trail head is to the right of the playground.
181 Redcliffe Rd., Beech Island, SC
1/4 mile trail. Trail head at bottom right corner of field in front of home. Leashed pets ok. Restrooms are available at the office. No fee.
Other Heritage Preserves and Wildlife Areas
HP – 803-734-3893 / WMA- 803-734-3886 Maps @ www.dnr.sc.gov
Aiken Gopher Tortoise HP/WMA
Wagener, Lat 33.505 Long -81.413
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The 1,622 acre preserve is home to the rare and state-listed endangered gopher tortoise.
Ditch Pond HP/WMA
Williston, SC Lat 33.415 Long -81.472
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The 296 acre preserve with a Carolina bay, an elliptically shaped, wet depressions ranging from one acre to over 1,000. Archery hunting for deer and gun hunting for small game is allowed.
Janet Harrison High Pond HP
A Carolina bay, the high pond vegetative community, and populations of several rare plant species are protected in this 30.11 acre preserve.
Bear Branch HP
Aiken, Lat 33.672 Long -81.799
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A 173-acre tract in northern Aiken County. Prearranged tours only. B.F. Landrum began making pottery here in 1848.
Gopher Branch HP
Aiken, Lat 33.661 Long -81.793
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Prearranged tours only. Rev. J. Landrum’s home and alkaline glaze stoneware pottery. “Dave,” a slave potter of some renown, worked for Landrum and his son-in-law Lewis Miles.
Savannah River Bluffs HP
North Augusta, Lat. 33.530 Long -82.001
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The 83.84-acre site has 1,076 feet of river frontage on one of the few remaining river shoals of the Savannah River.
Aiken. Lat 33.415 Long -81.742
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A 1.4 mile hiking trail guides visitors through this habitat. 417 acres, about 2 miles north of Aiken