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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:

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
  • Equestrian

Length:

12.6 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Here is a trail that serves hikers, bikes, and horses with something for all, but you have to alert about who can go where. Hikers can use the entire trail, but horses and bikers only parts

Trail Activity:

  • Hike
  • Mountain Bike

Length:

14.0 miles

Difficulty: Strenuous

The Blue Wall Passage crosses pristine natural areas managed by The Nature Conservancy and home to more than 100 species of birds. Wildlife, scenery, and a 30-foot cascading waterfall on a side loop offer fantastic photo ops for nature lovers.

Trail Activity:

  • Hike

Length:

13.9 miles

Difficulty: Strenuous

Middle Saluda Passage is resplendent with waterfalls, dramatic (and challenging) elevation changes, and diverse ecosystems. The passage (marked with Palmetto Trail signs) connects about 14 miles of existing trails (with multiple-colored blazes) in the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area.

Trail Activity:

  • Hike
  • Mountain Bike
  • Equestrian

Length:

36.0 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

This moderately easy section of the Palmetto Trail winds through pine ridges and hardwood bottomlands, and crosses two major creeks, the Gilders and Indian and the Enoree River. You will also pass by three small lakes, the Sedalia, John's Creek, and Wildcat. This forest area is home to a variety of wildlife such as white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, and many species of songbirds.

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.