Hiking The Buncombe Trail

The 3rd most popular hiking trail in South Carolina.

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Located halfway between Spartanburg and Columbia, the Buncombe Trail is a 31.5 mile hiking loop shared by hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. This white blazed trail winds through forested hills and valley terrain with several stream crossings. Points of interest include old cemeteries, wagon roads, and plantation sites. Opportunities also exist to view various wildlife species and abundant plant life. With interconnecting loops, routes of various lengths can be formed.

From SC66 (3.5 miles east of I-26), turn south on Forest Service Road 358. Left side of road is trail-head parking. Brick House Campground is 0.3 mile farther south.

Overall, Buncombe Trail is the 3rd most popular hiking trail of all 16 hikes in South Carolina. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Buncombe Trail including Foothills Trail - South, Chattooga Trail, Rocky Gap Trail, Cedar Springs Trail, Parsons Mountain OHV Trail and Long Cane Horse TrailFoothills Trail - North.

Buncombe Trail Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  Sumter National Forest (803) 276-4810; South Carolina Tourism (803) 734-1700.

Recommended Book:  "50 Hikes In South Carolina" from Johnny Molloy

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Easy

Base Camp:  NFS Brick House CG

Reference Source:  click here http://www.fs.usda.gov/scnfs/

GPS:  34.4536, -81.7038

Date Published:  1/4/2016

Date Updated:  7/31/2016

ID:  6998

Buncombe Trail Hiking Map


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