Coquina Nature Trail, Poinsett State Park

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Moderate, 1.5 mile loop hike at Poinsett State Park featuring mountain-like terrain and lowland-like swamp. A rare opportunity to see piedmont plant species such as Mountain Laurel, and see lowland animal species such as American Alligator, all in the same short walk. About half of the Coquina Nature trail is part of the Palmetto Trail, South Carolina's ambitious Mountains-to-Sea Trail that will eventually connect the Blue Ridge Mountains with the Atlantic Ocean. Information on the Palmetto Trail can be obtained by visiting
Trail length: 2 miles
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  • Posted by SCgregg1 on July 24, 2010


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    Reviewed by SCgregg1 on July 24, 2010

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    Coquina Nature Trail is the only trail I have walked, in the midlands of South Carolina, that reminded me of the Piedmont of South Carolina and the Lowlands of South Carolina, all in the same short hike. This trail actually gained some very noticeable elevation (with switchbacks no less), stayed up on a ridge for a while, and then dropped sharply (with switchbacks again) to a swamp...with alligators. Talk about biodiversity and ecotones? This trail, and area is very worthy of a visit. There is much to see!
    One word of caution. When you drop to the swamp, the low boardwalks may be under water a few inches and they are not rigidly connected. I floated on a few, briefly, as I scurried across them. For that reason alone, I would not recommend taking small children on the entire hike...or pets. A shorter hike can be done by stopping at the ½ way marker, and heading back.
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