Glenn Springs Passage

Palmetto Trail

Trail Activities: t

  • Hike
  • Mountain Bike

Length:

7.0 miles

Type:

One Way

Surface:

Natural, Bridge

Difficulty: Moderate

Trail Features: t

  • Trail Head
  • Information Sign
  • Parking
  • Point of Interest
  • Pets
  • No Fee
  • No Camping

Summary:

Rolling farmlands, mature forests, and the historic town of Glenn Springs highlight the Glenn Springs Passage. In the 19th century, Glenn Springs was known for the health benefits of its mineral waters. Now listed in the National Register, the historic district includes 20 historic buildings from about 1840 to 1940 and the site of a popular resort hotel.

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Starting from the historic one room post office in Glenn Springs, you can hike or bike in either direction, south to Stagecoach Road and north to Fairforest Creek. Near the southern trailhead, the 65-foot “Advance America” Bridge—the longest trail bridge in a state park—crosses Fairforest Creek. Your hike or bike will wind through forests of oak and hickory, open fields, and cross a number of small streams, where you may see a variety of wildlife, including turkey, deer, and snakes. The highlight of this trail is the historic town of Glenn Springs, where you will pass by a number of buildings from the past.

For most of this passage, local residents allow the Palmetto Trail to cross their farms and forests. Please respect their private property and stay on the Trail. It is recommended that you use insect repellent during the warm months, and wear bright colors during hunting season.

Cyclist Restriction: Mountain bikes are not allowed on the hiking section from mile 1.9 to mile 4.5. Use the 1.7 mile bike connector, which follows SC Hwy 215 to Glenn Springs Road (SC Hwy 150) to Boys Home Road where the connector rejoins the hiking section.

Camping: At Croft State Park

Directions:

From SC Hwy 56 North or South in Spartanburg County, turn East on SC Hwy 215 at the Philadelphia Baptist Church in Pauline. Follow SC Hwy 215 for 2 miles to the intersection of Glenn Springs Road (SC Hwy 150). Turn left and go 0.5 miles to the parking area and trailhead on the left.

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Lat: 34.82199684231510
Long: -81.83517753616239