507 Beech Hill Rd, Summerville, SC 29485
Open from sunrise to sunset
Grab your furry friends and hiking sticks and hit the trails at Rosebrock Park! With 70-acres of beautiful views open to the public and their pets from dawn to dusk, it's the perfect way to spend the day outdoors! The park offers winding pathways complete with refreshing scenic views through bottomland forest and wetlands. Rosebrock Park, named in honor of former Dorchester County Councilman Richard H.Rosebrock, has been a local favorite since opening to the public in September of 2011.
The park features 1.5 miles of peaceful hiking trails through 70 acres of protected bottomland forest and wetlands to the banks of the Ashley Scenic River. With recent additions finished in 2019, the park now offers an updated restroom facility complete with water fountains and a water bottle filler. And if you decide to pack a lunch, the park also offers a fully sheltered picnic area for you to enjoy your meal with scenic views.
Givhans Ferry State Park
746 County Rd S-18-30, Ridgeville, SC 29472
Open 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Well behaved leashed dogs are welcome.
Take the day to discover Dorchester County's wild side with an adventurous hike through Givhans Ferry State Park. Givhans Ferry State Park has two major trails, the Old Loop Trail and River Bluff Trail. Hike the Old Loop Trail and explore the various plants, landscapes and animal habitats or walk the River Bluff Trail for a scenic view of the Edisto river.
If you choose to take the Old Loop Trail, you’ll find that this is the easier but more lengthier of the two as it stretches as far as 5.4 miles. Get moving and start your journey at the main parking area where you’ll soon come to cross S-18-30. As you follow the winding trail along the eastern boundary of Givhans Ferry State Park you’ll find an abundance of birds and other wildlife, including a few alligators roaming the lowland area! Continue through dense woods from both sides until you find yourself surrounded by sparse pine and peaceful sounds of distant birds and the wind in the trees. Once you reach S-18-30 , you have two options. The first is to hike alongside S-18-30 to the park entrance, or return the way you came!
The River Bluff Trail may only be a short 1.5 mile loop, but don’t let that fool you. This moderately difficult hike will make for a great workout. Start your journey at the parking area, which will soon turn into a number of moderately steep slopes. Make sure to keep your head up along the way! Once you cross the canal you’ll find yourself soon overlooking beautiful views of the Edisto River and wildlife. After crossing several footbridges, you should find the path becomes a bit wider, finally leading you to an open field. The choice is up to you here, return the way you came or make a loop by following the main park road back to the parking area.
Oakbrook Nature Trail
Located on Springview Lane near the intersection of Midland Parkway in Summerville
Open from sunrise to sunset
Note: There is no designated parking
The Oakbrook Nature Trail is another popular spot to visit while staying in Dorchester County! What was once built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in July of 2014 has now become an ideal spot for folks to take their pets for a morning or afternoon walk. The Oakbrook Nature Trail will leave you with the ultimate outdoor experience, complete with winding paths that cover nearly twelve-acres of lush scenic views and wooden boardwalks that span across three wetlands! And when it comes to seeing plenty of wildlife creatures, don't let the short distance fool you. The Oakbrook Nature Trail includes much more than just a few household pets and their owners.
This 0.6 mile area is also home to a number of Lowcountry wildlife creatures like whitetail deer, turkeys, and even a few of our reptilian friends. We're confident you'll find that this trail will provide plenty of natural space to explore and relax from the hustle and bustle of everyday life!