Located in the heart of Beaufort is a hidden gem: The Spanish Moss Trail. A welcome sight for locals, this trail (when completed) will connect the towns of Port Royal, Beaufort, Burton and Grays Hill. Today, 5 miles of the pathway are completed, connecting the Town of Port Royal and the City of Beaufort. Winding behind neighborhoods, next to Battery Creek, and sometimes over the salt marsh, this trail delivers impeccable views and an easy way to convince yourself to get outside, and enjoy the beauty in the backyard of Beaufort.
For now, there are only a few trailheads to access the Spanish Moss Trail. A great route for running the current length of the trail would be to start at the Depot Road trailhead. Once on the trail, be prepared for wildlife and gorgeous views. A well marked path, the Spanish Moss Trail is 12 feet wide. This allows runners to enjoy their exercise without interference from bikers and dog-walkers. Along the route, you will see plentiful wildlife such as herons, egrets and even perhaps a stingray or two. The path is also littered with benches, so if you’re not feeling the run that day, don’t fret and take a breather. Flat and paved, this is a great run that shows you a beautiful side of Beaufort.
What Makes it Great
A run with a view, this trail is easy running and easy access. Hop on for a mile or two, or enjoy it’s full length, there’s more to come with the Spanish Moss Trail. It will eventually total over 13 miles in length and connect all the surrounding cities of Beaufort. Whether you want to watch a sunset or get those miles in, this one’s a beaut.
What You Will Remember
You might remember the moss draped in the trees, or the family of four all enjoying the trail together. A wide enough path to accommodate all, even Fido is welcome. Keep an eye out for wildlife, because Battery Creek is full of it. Even if you’re just trying to get the miles in and cruise, you will have a lot here to keep your mind occupied.
Who’s Going to Love It
Anyone looking to get some outside time and enjoy the city, you’re going to love it. It’s easy running, nice and flat like, so you don’t have to worry about roots and inclines. Be prepared though, there are no restrooms on the trail. And, as always, in the warmer months wear bug-spray. It’s a staple in these parts.
Parking, Trailhead and Hours
There are a few trailheads to access Spanish Moss Trail. So far, the easiest ones are on Depot Road, Broome Lane, Westvine Drive, and Rosieda Road. From any of these, it will be easy to hop on the trail. Bring bugspray and water. Hours of the trail are no earlier than one hour before sunrise and one hour after sunset. Dogs are welcome.