Hiking Trail

Poinsett Reservoir Passage of the Palmetto Trail
(Greenville County)

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 birds.

For additional information from Palmetto Trail users: Trail Talk

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 trailhead
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 Poinsett Passage.

To the western trailhead at Orchard Lake Campground
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 miles.

Hours: Dawn to dusk

Camping: At Orchard Lake Campground and at the Blue Ridge Preserve.

Information: Palmetto Conservation Foundation, 1314 Lincoln St., Suite 305, Columbia, SC 29201-3154.

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