Enoree Passage

Palmetto Trail

Trail Activities: t

  • Hike
  • Mountain Bike
  • Equestrian

Length:

36.0 miles

Type:

Normal

Surface:

Natural

Difficulty: Moderate

Trail Features: t

  • Parking
  • Camping
  • Trail Head
  • Restrooms
  • Fishing
  • Pets
  • Fee

Summary:

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.

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NOTICE: The bridge over the Enoree River, Jones Bridge, is being replaced. SR 98 off of Hwy. 56 and SR22 from Cross Keys House in Union are now CLOSED.

Enoree Passage is 36 continuous Trail miles through Sumter National Forest, linking Newberry, Laurens, and Union counties. The southern trailhead is located at the end of Forest Service Road 379 (Chandler Road) off Old Whitmire Road (SR 81). The Palmetto Trail winds 4 miles through pine ridges and hardwood bottomlands, and crosses Gilders Creek and Indian Creek before joining Buncombe Horse Trail. From the 10 miles to Brick House Campground, hikers and bicyclists share the Trail with equestrians.

Buncombe trailhead for equestrians is located at Brick House Recreation Area (mile 14) and accessed from SC 66. Heading north, the Trail meanders through some of the most diverse habitats located in the Enoree Ranger District, including a beaver pond, numerous hardwood drains, and the Enoree River corridor. Take a break on the 80-foot bridge for superb views of the river, and stop to fish in Macedonia, Sedalia, and John’s Creek lakes on the way to the northern trailhead at Sedalia Campground.

Primitive camping is allowed with a free visitor use permit from the US Forest Service; established campgrounds are available at Brick House (mile 14) and Sedalia (mile 35)

Fees: $3.00 fee if you park at the Buncombe Parking Area at SC 66 and Forest Service Road 358.

The Palmetto Trail shares the Buncombe Horse Trail for 10 miles, from the pipeline (mile 4.2) to Brick House Recreation Area.

CAUTION, BRIDGE WASHED OUT: The second bridge across Indian Creek south of mile marker 4 was washed out in a storm. Until the bridge is replaced, hikers must wade across the creek, which can be impassable in high water.

Directions:

Southern Trailhead (Franklin Road):

From Newberry, take US 76 North to SC 81, turn right. Travel three miles and turn left on Forest Service Road FS 379 (Franklin Road), trail begins at the trunaround a the end of the road.

From Whitmire, take US 176/SC 121 South for 7 1/4 miles. Bear Right on SC 121 and go 3/4 miles to SC 81 (Old Whitmire Highway) and turn Right. Travel 4.5 miles on SC 81 and trun Right onto FS 379 (Franklin Road).

 

Middle Trailhead (Brickhouse Recreation Area):

From I26, take exit 60 and head East on SC 66. Travel approximately 3.5 miles and turn right on Forest Service Road FS 358 (Brickhouse Road). Trailhead parking area is 1/4 mile on the Left.

From Whitmire, take SC 66 West and travel approximately 7 miles and turn Left onto FS 358 (Brickhouse Road).

 

Northern Trailhead (Bombing Range Road):

From Columbia, take exit 52 SC-56 toward Cross Anchor. Continue 1/4 mile past gas stations and bear Right on Barrel Stave Road. Continue past Philson Road, Enoree River and Prospect Corners Road to Cross Keys. Turn Right on SC-18 and continue about 2 miles to Bombing Range Road on Left (at Church).  Sedalia Campground is 3/4 miles on the Right.

From Greenville, take I-385 to exit for SC-49 toward Cross Anchor. Cross I-26 and continue toward Cross Anchor. Cross SC-56 at Cross Anchor and continue to SC-18 toward Rose Hill Plantation. Continue on SC-18 about 2 miles to Bombing Range Road on Left (at Church). Sedalia Campground is 3/4 miles on the Right.

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