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Trail Activity:

  • Hike
  • Mountain Bike

Length:

3.2 miles

Difficulty: Difficult

Oconee Passage begins in Oconee State Park and ends at Oconee Station State Historical Site, a backcountry military garrison and trading post from the 1790s. From the park, the passage follows a scenic roadbed that pinches into a path along the mountain ridgeline.

Trail Activity:

  • Hike
  • Bike
  • Equestrian

Length:

47.2 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

At 47 miles, the Swamp Fox Passage is the longest section of the cross-state Palmetto Trail. The passage traverses four distinct ecosystems through Francis Marion National Forest, including swamps made famous as hideouts of Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion.

Trail Activity:

  • Hike
  • Mountain Bike

Length:

12.0 miles

Difficulty: Easy

Lots of dirt roads and time on rural highways make Santee Passage a pleasant trip for mountain bikers. The passage winds through farmlands in eastern Orangeburg County, and the view is a tapestry of color and texture from cotton, wheat, soybeans, and canola. Produce stands offer seasonal delights, including fresh-picked strawberries, blueberries, and peaches.

Trail Activity:

  • Hike
  • Mountain Bike
  • Equestrian

Length:

3.0 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Lynch’s Woods Park is a well-kept secret tucked behind a strip of businesses off Hwy 76 on the south side of the charming city of Newberry. Created by the 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps, the park protects 276 acres of woodlands full of old-growth hardwoods and the rambling Rock Branch Creek and tributaries.

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.

Trail Activity:

  • Hike

Length:

9.1 miles

Difficulty: Difficult

Saluda Mountains Passage runs along the ridge defining the northern perimeter of the Poinsett Watershed and the border between the Carolinas. The 19,000-acre watershed is a pristine wilderness area with remarkable habitat for rare plants and animals, including the threatened Peregrine falcon.

Trail Activity:

  • Walk
  • Mountain Bike

Length:

16.2 miles

Difficulty: Easy

Fort Jackson Passage takes you through the heart and into the woods of this spectacular military facility. Fort Jackson was established in the year 1917 to answer the call for trained fighting men in WWI.  The Fort was named in honor of Major General Andrew Jackson, a native son of the Palmetto State and seventh president of the United States.

Trail Activity:

  • Hike
  • Mountain Bike

Length:

7.0 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Rolling farmlands, mature forests, and the historic town of Glenn Springs highlight the Glenn Springs Passage. In the 19th century, Glenn Springs was known for the health benefits of its mineral waters. Now listed in the National Register, the historic district includes 20 historic buildings from about 1840 to 1940 and the site of a popular resort hotel.

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.