11 incredible strolls in Aiken to get your daily 10,000 steps

Aiken is a charming town for Adventurous and leisurely walkers. Explore everything from Aiken’s historic winter colony mansions to beautiful parkways and breath-taking gardens. Here are 11 incredible strolls to get in your daily 10,000 steps. Above Photo Credit: Juliadominiquee

1. Go on a self-guided tour of Historic Aiken by planning your first stop at the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum. Be sure to pick up a Historic Aiken Tour brochure to navigate to other historical landmarks, many within an easy walk.

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2. Head over to the Aiken County Public Library and begin your exploration of the Aiken Citywide Arboretum. Along the Colleton trail, you can learn of over 100 distinct trees and learn of their origins. Did you know Aiken has one of the most diverse collections of trees found in any municipal landscape?

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3. Take an intimate walk under the beautiful canopy oaks on South Boundary that was named as one of the “prettiest streets for a stroll” by USA today.

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4. Grab a basket and walk to Thursday Market in the Alley or on the weekends at its original historic location.


5. “Saddle up” (not literally) for an adventure and learn what’s behind the scenes at the Aiken Training Track. Schedule a Tour to experience Aiken’s equestrian lifestyle.

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6. Achieve some serious walking goals and hit the spectacular tracks and open green space at Odell Weeks and Citizen’s Park.

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7. Stroll some of the most whimsical paths and gardens at Hopelands Gardens and Rose Hill Estate. Did you know that the Garden Club of SC was founded at Rose Hill Estate?

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8. Touch base with nature; and soak up the lovely views of Carolina Bay and hike the scenic trails of the 2100 acre Hitchcock Woods.


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9. Take an art-inspired walk and visit unique locally owned art galleries, antique shops and other boutiques in downtown Aiken; and warning, it’s addictive for the indulgent window shopper!


10. Dance your way into Aiken’s night scene and nosh on delicious food; afterwards walk off the calories and wander aimlessly to embrace all of Aiken’s charm.

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11. How about a walk with your little one he/she goes on a horseback ride? Experience the heart of the horse district through the dirt roads within the city-limits, surrounded by beautiful polo fields and private equestrian facilities.