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5 Scenic Trails to Explore on National Walking Day

Updated: Apr 3

If you're ready for an adventure, consider tackling a portion of the Enoree Passage, a

36-mile trail winding through Sumter National Forest. Starting at Forest Service Road 379, this scenic route links Newberry, Laurens, and Union counties. Don't fret – you can opt for a shorter hike of approximately 4 miles if you prefer. So, if you're up for the challenge, go ahead and hit the trail!

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The Joe R. Adair Outdoor Education Center in Laurens County is a special spot for everyone to enjoy. Within its grounds, you'll find a beautifully restored log cabin dating back to the 1800s, a tranquil man-made waterfall, a sanctuary for birds, and a state-of-the-art education building. The Adair Center is a wonderland of learning for children and adults alike.

The Prisma Swamp Rabbit Loop is a 1.8-mile trail near Clinton, South Carolina. Known for its ease, it typically takes about 36 minutes to complete. This trail is ideal for birdwatching, hiking, and running. Conveniently, parking and restrooms are available across from the trailhead, inside the county visitors center located within the Laurens County Chamber of Commerce building. However, please note that restrooms are not available during the weekend as the chamber is closed.

"September Sunrise" photographed by Debbie Tussey

At Lake Rabon Park, enjoy a stroll along a short paved trail shaded by a lush canopy of trees, right by the water's edge. The well-marked and meticulously maintained trails provide a tranquil setting, complete with benches and picnic tables for relaxation. For families, there are playgrounds for the little ones, a volleyball net for some fun, a convenient boating ramp, and even a floating deck to fully appreciate the lake's beauty. Additionally, the park is wheelchair accessible, making it inclusive for all visitors. Don't miss the 1.3-mile loop trail, renowned for its ease and taking about 31 minutes to complete. Open year-round, the park offers breathtaking scenery regardless of the season. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed for everyone's safety.

Clinton Canopy

Millers Fork Trail is a natural path open to everyone, with its starting point and parking lot located on West Corporate Center Drive( Near I-26, turn at the QT on Hwy. 72 onto West Corporate Center Drive. In a quarter mile, turn right into a gravel entrance, and down the hill to parking. To start with the shoals, head off through the tunnel). Following the peaceful course of Millers Fork stream, the trail leads in two directions from the parking area. One way extends about a half-mile toward I-26, while the other direction takes you on a roughly quarter-mile journey. Along the way, you'll pass through a field filled with seasonal wildflowers before entering the serene woods. Here, you'll discover a scenic stretch of the creek adorned with boulders, known as "the shoals." Millers Fork Trail offers a simple yet enchanting opportunity to immerse yourself in nature's beauty.

As National Walking Day draws to a close, reflecting on the beauty and serenity experienced on these five scenic trails is a reminder of the joys that await us in nature. Whether you prefer the serene paths of Lake Rabon Park or the majestic Enoree Passage, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Happy walking!

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