Blue Wall Passage
Trail Activities: t
- Mountain Bike
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- Trail Head
- Information Sign
- Point of Interest
- No Fee
- No Camping
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.
From either the Blue Wall Preserve or the Foothills Equestrian Nature Center (FENCE), you will find this scenic section of the Palmetto Trail offers a lot of diversity. You will pass from old forest to the city streets of downtown Landrum. As you wander over rolling hills, you will be treated to some beautiful views of mountains, clear ponds, and some of South Carolina’s finest horse farms. The Southern Blue Ridge Escarpment at miles 12 to 14 climbs steeply and abruptly to Vaughns Gap (trailhead for Poinsett Reservoir Passage). Landrum offers quaint antique shops, great eateries, and comfy B&Bs.
East to west, miles 0-6, easy; miles 6-12, moderate; miles 12-14, strenuous.
Remember to carry water and during warm weather insect repellent is advised.
NO MOUNTAIN BIKING, CAMPING, OR FIRES IN THE NATURE CONSERVANCY'S BLUE WALL PRESERVE (MILE MARKER 10.5 TO 14). NO CAMPING ON FENCE PROPERTY.Directions:
Trailhead at SC Nature Conservancy’s Blue Wall Preserve: From I-26 take exit 1 (SC Hwy 14) west toward Landrum. Turn right (north) on US Hwy 176, just after the railroad tracks. Drive approximately 2 miles and turn left onto Lakeshore Drive, the entrance to Lake Lanier. Follow Lakeshore Drive across the bridge. Then follow West Lakeshore Drive around the lake to Dug Hill Road (on right). The trailhead and parking are on the left about 500 feet down Dug Hill Road.
Trailhead at Foothills Equestrian Nature Center (FENCE): From I-26 take exit 1 (SC Hwy 14) west toward Landrum. Follow directional signs posted on Hwy 14 to FENCE. Drive 1.5 miles, and turn right onto Bomar Road. Go a short block and turn right onto East Prince Road for approximately 1.5 miles. Turn left onto Hunting Country Road (just before the I-26 overpass). Follow Hunting Country Road about a mile. After the I-26 underpass, the main entrance for the FENCE Center, hiking trails, and TROT barn is on the right.
Downtown Landrum Trailhead: From I-26 take exit 1 (SC Hwy 14) west toward Landrum. Drive about 2 miles and turn right onto North Trade Street just before the railroad tracks at the signal. Parking and the Palmetto Trail kiosk map are on the left.
The Nature Conservancy | 2231 Devine Street, Suite 100, Columbia, SC 29205 | (803) 254-9049
Foothills Equestrian Nature Center (FENCE) | 3381 Hunting Country Road, Tryon, NC 28782 | (828) 859-9021