Map of the Spanish Moss Trail, SC


Spanish Moss Trail

Spanish Moss Trail, South Carolina

Spanish Moss Trail,
South Carolina


9.2 miles




Laurel Bay, Burton, Beaufort, Port Royal


natural areas, rural neighborhoods, estuary, historic Magnolia Line Railroad Station



The Spanish Moss Trail is a 9.2-mile long and 12-wide paved pathway that spans between Beaufort and Port Royal in South Carolina. This area is located along the South Carolina coastline to the north of Hilton Head and Savannah, Georgia. The trail follows the route of an abandoned railroad right-of-way and travels through rural communities and the marshland of the estuary, also referred to as the "Lowlands".

There are excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing and the trail lives up to its name as it wanders past trees draped with Spanish Moss. The south end of the trail provides access to the historic Port Royal community with plans for extending the trail to Sand Beach.


The Spanish Moss Trail is paved for the entire route. The trail is open for non-motorized use such as walking, bike riding and running.


The Spanish Moss Trail goes past the following communities: Laurel Bay, Burton, Beaufort, and Port Royal

Points of Interest

The Spanish Moss Trail goes past the following points of interest:

Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station
Beaufort Plaza Shopping Center
Several bridges over Battery Creek Estuary
Battery Creek School
Southside Park - Port Royal
Historic Magnolia Line Railroad Station in Port Royal
End Points

The north end of the Spanish Moss Trail is located at a point to the north of State Road S-7-520 and west of Highway 21 in  Beaufort. There is also another quarter-mile long paved section of the trail located to the north that will connect to the continuous section in the near future.

The south end of the trail is located at the west end of Simlax Avenue off of Vaigneur Road, just north of Ribaut Road, 0.2-miles west of the bridge, in Port Royal.


Following are links to official off-site resources to find out more details about the Spanish Moss Trail in South Carolina.