Charleston is home to a variety of trails, ranging from the marsh to the hardwood forests that are found further inshore.
The Awendaw Passage is the perfect example of a Charleston trail that stretches from the coast to inland pine forests and swamps. The Passage offers 7 miles of flat and fast running that will wind into the woods, eventually running right next to the marsh itself. You can go further on the Palmetto Trail into the Swamp Fox Passage, which is another 47 miles long.
Located right next to the Passage is the I'on Swamp Trail in Francis Marion National Forest, offering trail runners a more primitive path than most of the areas around this part of the state.
If you want a true lowcountry trail running experience, plan a trip out to Capers Island, a three-mile stretch of undeveloped barrier island just a mere 15 miles north of Charleston. The major trail on Capers is the McCaskill Trail, which starts at the dock on the south end of the island.