Hitchcock Woods & Gateway Park

Hitchcock Woods is among the largest urban forests in the nation, with about 2,100 acres of forest habitat. Once owned and enjoyed by renowned equestrians Thomas and Louise Hitchcock, the forest now is owned by the Hitchcock Woods Foundation, a nonprofit organization that makes this resource available to the residents and visitors of Aiken. This longleaf pine forest retains its natural character and historic legacy. Today, equestrians, hikers, dog walkers, and runners enjoy the 65 miles of sandy trails that provide access to the stunning variety of ecosystems in the Woods. Hitchcock Woods is home to the rustic Aiken Horse Show in the spring, one of the oldest annual horse shows in the country. The Hitchcock Woods Foundation encourages passive recreation to preserve the integrity and tranquility of the forest. Motorized vehicles and bicycles are not permitted.