Blue Ridge Electric Co-Op Passage (Jocassee Gorges)

Palmetto Trail

Trail Activities: t

  • Hike

Length:

12.3 miles

Type:

One Way

Surface:

Natural (rugged), Bridge

Difficulty: Difficult

Trail Features: t

  • Waterfall
  • Trail Head
  • Information Sign
  • Camping
  • Point of Interest
  • Parking
  • Restrooms
  • Scenic Observation
  • Pets
  • Fee

Summary:

Blue Ridge Electric Co-Op Passage winds through remote and rugged areas, and rewards hikers with an abundance of native flowers and wildlife, mountaintop vistas, waterfalls, and an impressive boulder field.

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From the barn at Table Rock State Park, you will walk for two miles within the boundary of the park and then enter the Jocassee Gorges area. The next 10 miles is in one of the some of the most rugged and remote hiking areas in the State, but you will enjoy mountain top vistas, waterfalls, and a large boulder field. You may see a variety of birds, and animals such as white­tailed deer, black bear, and foxes. During the season you will also see a wide variety wildflowers.

Be sure to carry water and food if needed. Insect repellent is recommended in warm months.

Fees: Park entrance fee if you park at Table Rock State Park.

Camping: Fee camping is available at Table Rock State Park.

Parking is available only at Table Rock State Park. Trail users should pack adequate food and water. Hunting occurs in the Jocassee Gorges. Check with SC Department of Natural Resources for season dates.

Directions:

Trailhead at Table Rock State Park: Traveling north from Greenville, SC, follow US Hwy 276 north through Travelers Rest, Marietta, and Cleveland. In Cleveland, US 276 merges with SC 11. Follow 276/11 out of Cleveland until the roads split — about 5 miles. Stay left on SC 11 to Table Rock State Park. Drive past the park visitor center on left and turn right onto West Gate Road. Turn right at the West Gate entrance (note fee station), left at the country store, and follow the road to its end. The Palmetto Trail trailhead and parking are located at the park’s Pinnacle Pavilion (formerly known as The Barn).

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

Table Rock State Park | 158 E. Ellison Lane, Pickens, SC, 29671 | (864) 878-9813

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Lat: 35.02248910928893
Long: -82.74940632800292