Awendaw Passage

Palmetto Trail

Trail Activities: t

  • Walk
  • Hike
  • Mountain Bike


7.1 miles




Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel, Sand

Difficulty: Easy

Trail Features: t

  • Parking
  • Trail Head
  • Water Launch
  • Camping
  • No Pets
  • Fee
  • Camping


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.

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This easy walking/biking section of the Palmetto Trail connects the Swamp Fox Passage to the ocean and serves as the coastal trailhead for the statewide trail on its way to the mountains. You will follow Awendaw Creek and pass through the surrounding marsh area, which provides a home for many shore birds and other lowland wildlife. A scenic overlook and boardwalk provide and opportunity to stop and enjoy a sweeping view of the area and the Intracoastal Waterway. Use extreme caution when you cross US 17.

All visitors must pay to use Buck Hall Recreation Area. $5 per vehicle per day, payable at the self-pay station or a $25 annual pass is available at the Wambaw Office. Restrooms are available at Buck Hall Landing. Sewee Outpost on Hwy 17 offers a good lunch and an amazing selection of outdoor accessories. Awendaw Passage connects with Swamp Fox Passage at the Steed Creek trailhead.

Camping: At Buck Hall Recreation Area


Buck Hall (eastern) Trailhead—From Charleston, drive north on US Hwy 17 about 30 miles to Buck Hall Landing Road (Forest Service Rd 242). Entrance sign to Buck Hall is on right side of highway. Turn right (east) and drive 0.5 mile to trailhead and parking on the left.

Steed Creek (western) Trailhead—From Charleston, drive north on US Hwy 17 about 27 miles to intersection with Steed Creek Road (SC 1032) on left (west) side of highway. Trailhead and parking are a quarter mile past Steed Creek Road. To access, drive to next crossover, make a U-turn, and continue back to parking on right.

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Francis Marion National Forest | Witherbee Ranger District | 2421 Witherbee Road, Cordesville, S.C. 29434 | (843) 336-3248

Sewee Visitor & Environmental Education Center | 5821 Hwy. 17 N, Awendaw, SC 29429 | (843) 928-3368

Palmetto Conservation Foundation | 722 King Street, Columbia, SC 29205 | (803) 771-0870 | Email

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Lat: 33.03699897184351
Long: -79.59147396301267