The Upstate of South Carolina and Western North Carolina are known around the country for their natural beauty. If you enjoy being outside, you are in the right place! There are hundreds of miles of trails all within an hour’s drive, ranging from easy 1-mile loops to epic all day hikes. We’ve included the major parks in the area with some of their most popular trails. We highly recommend downloading the AllTrails app before heading out on your hike. It is one of the most comprehensive guides for hiking available and includes maps, elevation, weather, and more. Below, we’ve include how far away the park is from Hotel Domestique, the level of trail, how long the trail is, and an estimated time to complete.
When planning your hiking day, don’t forget to pack enough water and snacks! You can order a packed lunch from Restaurant 17, pick up from one of the many local restaurants, or make your own picnic by visiting a nearby grocery store!
Swamp Rabbit Trail
Jones Gap State Park (21 min away)
Paris Mountain State Park (23 min away)
DuPont State Forest (37 min away)
Pisgah National Park (47 min away)
Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site (21 min away)
Table Rock State Park (21 min away)
Blue Wall Preserve (28 min away)
Keowee-Toxaway State Park (35 min away)
Blue Ridge Parkway (time to trails varies)
Pro Tip: South Carolina State Parks all have entrance fees (per person), so if you plan on hiking multiple trails located inside parks (or coming back for another stay at Hotel Domestique and hiking more then), consider picking up the South Carolina State Park Pass, available here. There are yearly passes, but there is also a new 7-day pass that is available for purchase for $32.50.