Garden Trails

The South Carolina Botanical Garden offers miles of nature trails and woodland hikes for you to explore.

Path in Dwarf Conifer Garden

Belser Native Wildflower Trail

The Gordon Belser Native Wildflower Trail through the Woodland Wildflower Garden is loaded with native wildflowers that bloom starting in early spring. The natural trail is surrounded by flora and fauna native to the piedmont region of South Carolina.

Heusel Nature Trail

The Gwen Heusel Nature Trail is located in the oak-hickory forest beyond the Arboretum. The trail winds past the nature-based sculpture, "The Spaces In Between." The Heusel trail offers a wonderful place to walk and escape into nature.

Woodland Wildflower Trail

In spring 2009, longtime Garden volunteer John Garton led a project to build a new section of trail that follows and crosses the Middle Branch of Hunnicutt Creek in the Woodland Wildflower Garden. He and his fellow volunteers dedicated their work to the memory of two other dear Friends of the Garden, Carol Barten and Mary Birchenough. As part of their efforts, volunteers and staff built a new footbridge and cedar-lined trail. Woodland Wildflower TrailThey removed exotic species (English ivy, autumn olive) and planted several species of native ferns, some spring wildflowers and showy native azaleas. In addition to wildflowers, the setting is enhanced by the creek, which is home to green frogs, two-lined salamanders and other wildlife. Towering oaks, hickories and tulip poplars provide shade and the special feeling of being in deep woodlands.  In the future, staff and volunteers will be adding more native plants to enhance the trail.

Other trails to explore

Explore the trails along Hunnicutt Creek, which connect natural areas of the Garden and offer meadow vistas. The Arboretum loop road is frequented by walkers, bikers and joggers.