Eastatoe Passage Update
Due to the massive rainfall and flooding of the Eastatoe Passage last week in the Jocassee Gorges, the two fiberglass bridges along the passage have been displaced and appear to have some damage. While the trail is not closed, neither bridge is passable. The PCF crews are still assessing the extent of the damage along the passage and are working on detours this week. PCF will post updates as they become available on the Eastatoe Passage page of the PCF website: https://palmettoconservation.org/passage/eastatoe/
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Eastatoe Passage provides public access for hiking, fishing, and birdwatching in the picturesque natural wonderland of the Eastatoe Creek watershed upstream from Duke Energy’s Lake Keowee. The area is part of the Jocassee Gorges Wilderness Area, which National Geographic described as a “destination of a lifetime.”
The Eastatoe Passage is a recently completed almost five-mile section of South Carolina’s mountains-to-sea Palmetto Trail — that gives people access to a gorgeous protected wilderness. This Passage is the result of philanthropy and partnerships with Duke Energy, SC Department of Natural Resources, Naturaland Trust, and SC State Park Service. Passage construction was completed with major grants from Duke Energy’s Water Resources Fund and the federal Recreational Trails Program administered by SC Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism.
Eastatoe Passage features the longest fiberglass pedestrian bridge on the Palmetto Trail — there is a 70-foot bridge across Eastatoe Creek and a 40-foot bridge across Little Eastatoe Creek. The trail offers hiking, fishing, and nature viewing opportunities for all trail enthusiasts. With the addition of Eastatoe Passage, PCF has completed 28 passages for a total of 380 miles.Directions:
Eastatoe Passage connects Keowee-Toxaway State Park with the Dug Mountain Angler Access on Roy F. Jones Highway. The angler access trailhead is 1.3 miles north of Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway (SC Hwy 11). The state park on SC 11 anchors the west end of the passage where it shares the Natural Bridge Trail.