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Trail Activity:

  • Hike
  • Mountain Bike

Length:

4.0 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

This moderately difficult loop trail encircles what was the scene of the Battle of Blackstock, which took place on November 18, 1760. During the battle, 96 British troops were killed and buried on this site. The land has not been disturbed since the battle and evidence of some placements are still evident. Displays throughout the area show information about plants and animals in this area.

Trail Activity:

  • Walk
  • Hike
  • Mountain Bike

Length:

7.1 miles

Difficulty: Easy

Awendaw Passage is the coastal terminus of the mountains-to-sea Palmetto Trail. The Trail’s namesake trees greet users at the Buck Hall Recreation Area trailhead. Starting at the Intracoastal Waterway, the Trail meanders westward through maritime forest and offers sweeping vistas of Lowcountry salt marsh along Awendaw Creek. At Walnut Grove, look for a scenic overlook and boardwalk.

Trail Activity:

  • Hike
  • Bike
  • Equestrian

Length:

9.0 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

High Hills of Santee in Sumter County was named for the high, sandy ridges that are part of the Sandhills geographical region. These rolling hills are the remains of an ancient ocean shoreline found in the Carolinas and Georgia. Over time, the beach sand and shells transformed into rock, called coquina, which can be seen today throughout Poinsett State Park.

Trail Activity:

  • Hike
  • Mountain Bike

Length:

10.8 miles

Difficulty: Easy

The Peak to Prosperity Passage proceeds west from the Alston trailhead in Fairfield County across the impressive Broad River trestle. The view from the 1,100-foot-long bridge is spectacular, especially when bald eagles soar. Across the river in Newberry County, the rail-trail skirts Peak and cuts an easy swath through piedmont forest to Pomaria and Prosperity.

Trail Activity:

  • Hike

Length:

6.6 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Poinsett Reservoir Passage travels the mountain ridges along the northern boundary of Poinsett Watershed. This pristine watershed of 19,000 acres contains the headwaters feeding Poinsett Reservoir of the Greenville Water System (GW).

Trail Activity:

  • Hike
  • Mountain Bike

Length:

7.2 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

The Wateree Passage begins in Poinsett State Park and runs to the Wateree River, crossing through Manchester State Forest and traveling along the remnants of the old SC Railroad through Sumter Junction. The passage is one of the most diverse sections of the Palmetto Trail, traversing a variety of landscapes, from high hills down to a magnificent river swamp.

Trail Activity:

  • Walk
  • Hike
  • Bike
  • Paved

Length:

7.5 miles

Difficulty: Easy

Capital City Passage, the first urban passage on the Palmetto Trail, features South Carolina’s largest city and seat of state government. The passage follows city sidewalks through beautiful neighborhoods, past city parks and schools, along the historic Horseshoe and across the steps of the State Capitol.

Trail Activity:

  • Hike
  • Mountain Bike

Length:

26.9 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Starting from either trailhead, this section of the Palmetto Trail is flat, easy hiking or riding mostly on a wide dike system that provides a beautiful view of the lake.

Trail Activity:

  • Hike
  • Mountain Bike

Length:

33.6 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Lake Marion Passage skirts along the high-water mark of the lake’s north side between Santee, SC, and Mill Creek County Park. Trail users are rewarded with magnificent vistas of the upper coastal plain and opportunities to spot abundant wildlife and colorful flora, especially in the spring rainy season.

Trail Activity:

  • Walk
  • Hike
  • Bike
  • Paved

Length:

14.1 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Ideal for bicycling, the scenic Peach Country Passage is routed from Inman to Landrum along back roads dotted with peach orchards.