Charleston is nationally recognized for its beauty, food scene and museums, but there are plenty of other activities for people who are looking to do something different. Check out these running trails for a break from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Sawmill Branch Multi-Use Trail (Summerville)
Following along the Sawmill Branch Canal, the Sawmill Branch Trail is a flat, 10-foot wide, out and back trail that is perfect for runners and bikers alike. You can find the starting point at Gahagan Road or the parking area on Luden Drive. Most road crossings on this trail go under the road, but make sure to be mindful of the wildlife which includes deer and even alligators that can occupy the canal.
Distance: 6.5 miles
Type: Out and back
James Island County Park Trail (James Island)
A vast network of trails weaves in and out of the James Island County Park featuring a variety of wildlife including ducks, heron, turtles and snakes. The trails are accessible from the many parking areas located throughout the park. Located off of Riverland Drive in James Island, these trails are just a short drive from Downtown or for residents all over the Lowcountry.
Distance: 5 miles
Cost: $2 per person
Wannamaker North Trail (Goose Creek)
Designed for mountain bikers in mind, but open to hikers, walkers and runners, the Wannamaker North Trail is full of elevation changes and tight turns, perfect for anyone looking for some hilly training. The trail is lined with oaks and beech trees, creating a nature-filled experience and escape from the city. The trailhead is located off of Westview Rd. in Goose Creek with parking available.
Distance: 13 miles
Cost: $1 per person
Hampton Park (Downtown)
Located Downtown, on the northern end of the Peninsula, Hampton Park features picturesque tranquility while still being located in downtown Charleston. With an outside loop that is nearly a mile, runners can take laps around the park or go inside where there are trails winding in and around the park grounds. With entrances on President St, Ashley Ave, Cleveland St, Elmwood Ave, Jenkins Ave and 10th Ave, Hampton Park is highly accessible for anyone looking to drive to the park or add some extra miles to their downtown run.
Distance: 1 mile