Ross Mountain Passage

Palmetto Trail

Trail Activities: t

  • Hike
  • Mountain Bike


5.00 miles


One Way



Difficulty: Difficult

Trail Features: t

  • Trail Head
  • Parking
  • Visitor Center
  • Point of Interest
  • Camping
  • Restrooms
  • Picnic Area
  • Fishing
  • Pets
  • Fee
  • Camping


The 30th passage to be completed along the Palmetto Trail — which spans nearly 500 miles across the state of South Carolina from the mountains to the sea — Ross Mountain Passage is a 5-mile hiking and biking trail that connects Stumphouse Mountain Bike Park to Oconee State Park.

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The Ross Mountain Passage connects the Stumphouse Passage, with access to the Stumphouse Mountain Bike Park, to Oconee State Park and the Oconee Passage. The Passage traverses beautiful hardwoods within the Sumter National Forest's Andrew Pickens District, a one-and-a-half mile gravel road stretch skimming the slope of Ross Mountain (elevation of 1804 feet) and a mountain laurel thicket on the edge of Oconee State Park.

Within the state park, you can visit the historic Old Waterwheel site constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps, and connect with the Foothills Trail, or numerous state park trails, leading to the campground, cabins and day-use area. Hikers can choose to stay in the park or travel onward to the Oconee Passage.

Camping: Call 1-866-345-PARK (7275) or go online at to make your reservations today!


624 State Park Road in Mountain Rest, SC.

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

Foothills Trail Conference | P.O. Box 3041, Greenville, SC 29602 | (864) 467-9537 | Email

Oconee State Park | 624 State Park Road, Mountain Rest, SC 29664 | (864) 638-5353 | Email

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