Why You Should Take a Winter Hike

Updated: Dec 30, 2020

The trees outside reach loftily towards the sky with bare branches. A cool breath of air chills the quiet landscape. All around, Lake Hartwell Country seems to have slowed to a patient state of peace that can only be found in a wintry dream.

Luckily, it’s not a dream! Winter here is beautiful, and it’s the perfect time to take a hike. We’ve listed our favorite reasons to hike in the winter, and a few trails that you need to check out!

Unimpeded Views

Because the trees have dropped their leaves for the season, there are more opportunities to see long-range views on a hike. You don’t have to wait until you reach the summit to see those spectacular sights!

Perfect Hiking Weather

Hiking is an activity that will warm you up in a hurry. In Lake Hartwell Country, our mild winters make for perfect hiking conditions that won’t leave you feeling too warm when conquering the mountains. With average winter highs in the mid-50’s, you’ll encounter ideal conditions for a great hike.

Less Crowded Trails

Typically, the hiking trails in our area will be less crowded during the winter months. For those who enjoy the feeling of solitude when out in nature, this is an excellent reason to hit the trails in the cooler months.

Where to Hike

Don’t know where to start for picking the perfect Winter hike? No worries! We’ve listed our favorites down below.

You can find a full list of our favorite trails by clicking here.

Pinnacle Mountain Trail

Located in Table Rock State Park, this trail leads to the top of Pinnacle Mountain. Although the path to Pinnacle is lesser known than the park’s namesake trail, it is just as beautiful! The long-range winter views are incredible, and reaching the top of the mountain is incredibly satisfying. Be aware, this trail is 3.6 miles one-way and is strenuous.

Opossum Creek Falls Trail

This 2 mile, one-way trail leads to a beautiful waterfall tucked into the mountains of the Sumter National Forest. After making the trek to and from the waterfall, you’ll be glad that you made the hike in such refreshing weather!

Green Triangle Loop

In the Clemson Experimental Forest at the Butch Kennedy Trailhead, you’ll find this 6.5 mile loop with awesome views of Lake Hartwell. Although the loop is somewhat long, the terrain is relatively flat and makes for a perfect half-day hike.

We hope that you thoroughly enjoy your stay here in Lake Hartwell Country! For more information on all there is to see and do in the area, head to our website lakehartwellcountry.com. You can also find trip inspiration on our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. Feel free to give us a call and stop by our Visitors Center in Pendleton or Pickens. We’ll see y’all soon!

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