Poinsett Reservoir Passage of the
Description: Yellow blazes mark this
moderately difficult section of the Palmetto Trail as you wind through a
beautiful and untouched area of the Poinsett Watershed. Although
considered moderate, this section does have some steep stair step
sections. If you start from Orchard Lake Campground you will continually
climb for approximately 6.0 miles to the highest point, which is 3060
feet at the top of Rocky Spur Mountain. This area is very significant
for some rare plants and animals found here and habitat for a number of
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This section is for hiking only. No
bikes or motorized vehicles are allowed.
Length: 6.6 miles. Approximately 10
miles if you start at the Blue Ridge Preserve.
Fees: No fee.
Directions: To the eastern
From Landrum, drive northwest on US 176 and turn left onto West
Lakeshore Drive. Drive past the lake to the Blue Ridge Preserve, which
will be on your right. From the preserve you will need to hike
approximately 3.4 miles to Vaughn’s Gap, which is the trail head for the
To the western trailhead at Orchard Lake
From Spartanburg, drive north on I26 and exit at the Tryon/Columbus
exit. Drive west on US 176 through Tryon. Approximately 5.0 miles from
Tryon turn left onto Pearson’s Falls Road. Turn left onto Fork Creek
Road immediately after passing under the railroad trestle. The
campground is approximately 5.0 miles.
From Greenville, drive north on US 25
and after you cross SC 11, turn right onto Old Highway 25 (Greenville
County Road S23969). Drive for approximately 7.0 miles and turn right
onto Saluda Road, which changes to Mountain Page after you cross into
North Carolina. Drive approximately 3.5 miles and make a sharp
turn right onto Mine Mountain Road. The campground is approximately 2.0
Hours: Dawn to dusk
Camping: At Orchard Lake Campground
and at the Blue Ridge Preserve.
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Lincoln St., Suite 305, Columbia, SC 29201-3154.
August 6, 2008
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