Go Hiking in the 100 Acre Woods

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Does your family like exploring nature? Are you always on the lookout for new trails to walk, run, hike or bike? Kidding Around’s Melanie discovered a new place to explore, and look for silly old bears. Check out 100 Acre Woods at Southern Wesleyan University.

Tucked away on the fringe of the Southern Wesleyan University campus is a hiking area that you may have heard of in storybooks. While this isn’t the same 100 Acre Woods that A.A. Milne had in mind for Christopher Robin and Pooh, it’s still a wonderful place for curious children and adults to explore. 

Child pointing at a sign with a park map.

Looking for more places to hike? Don’t miss our Guide to Hiking in Upstate, SC.

The trailhead is located at the end of Clayton Street on the SWU campus. There aren’t any signs that will point you in the right direction, and you might think you’re lost, but if you just head down the main street through campus, you will pass by a farm and when you get to Potter’s Retreat, take that left. 

The 100 Acre Woods offers visitors more than six miles of trails for biking, hiking, birding and exploring! The new trail system, which is a series of “stacked loop” trails, is a collaboration between Southern Wesleyan and the Town of Central, South Carolina. 

Project Manager Curt Kurz-Edsall has hopes that community events will be regularly held at the hiking trails. Mountain biking events and mud runs are things that you can expect to see happen at 100 Acre Woods. 

Things to know before you go to 100 Acre Woods

  • The trail is not stroller friendly 
  • There is a directional system in place to keep things flowing and assist with social distancing. On odd number days, hike counterclockwise and bike clockwise. On even number days, hike clockwise and bike counter clockwise. 
  • Although it might be temping – hunting, fishing, and camping are all prohibited. As well as tobacco products.

Southern Wesleyan University
907 Wesleyan Dr
Central, SC 29630

Where is your favorite place to go for a hike with kids?

About the Author
Melanie is a native New Yorker, who landed in the Upstate by way of Florida. She is the mom of two awesome kids, and the three of them love going on adventures!

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