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Palmetto Trail - Swamp Fox Trail Passage

photo: Sewee Shell Ring, located south of Awendaw, South Carolina in Francis Marion National Forest. Photo by Ammodramus/wiki.

Length: 58.05 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Bicycling (off pavement)
Camping
Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation

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Location: In Francis Marion National Forest.
State(s): South Carolina
Counties:
Longitude: -79.962561
Latitude: 33.278474

Driving Directions

Eastern Trailhead:

From Charleston, take U.S. Highway 17 North to Steed Creek Road (SC Route 133-S) in Awendaw. Just beyond Steed Creek Road, the trailhead will be on the left.
Center Trailhead:

From Charleston, take U.S. Highway 17 north to SC 41. Turn left. At Huger, bear left on SC 402 and travel three miles to Copperhead Road. Turn right and travel two miles to Witherbee Road. Turn right and travel two miles. Parking is on the right.
From Moncks Corner, take US Highway 52 North to SC 402. Turn right and travel three miles to Witherbee Road. Turn left and travel seven miles to the District Office. Parking is on the right.
Western Trailhead:

From Moncks Corner, take SC Highway 52 North. The Swampfox trailhead one mile North of the Canady Branch Road or .25 mile south of FS 115 (Bonneau).

Description

This NRT is a combination of trail #260A, Swamp Fox Passage (51.4 miles), and trail #260B, Awendaw Passage (6.65 miles). The combined trails form a section of the Palmetto Trail.

The Palmetto Trail was started in 1994 by the Palmetto Conservation Foundation, in partnership with many private landowners, conservation groups, outdoor recreation organizations and government agencies across the state. When completed it will span 500 miles from Enoree in the Blue Ridge Mountains of the Upstate, through the state capital of Columbia, and terminating near Awendaw on the Intracoastal Waterway. With this designation, a full 58.05 miles of South Carolina’s iconic Palmetto Trail pass through the Francis Marion National Forest

The Swamp Fox Trail was originally 22 miles in length and designated as a National Recreation Trail in 1979. It was named after General Francis Marion. General Marion and his volunteer soldiers used the swamps of the area to hide and fight against the British during the Revolutionary War and thus earned the General the nickname Swamp Fox. In 1997, additional miles were added and designated as a National Recreation Trail bringing the mileage up to our current total of 51.5.

The Awendaw and Swamp Fox Passages of the Palmetto Trail were established within Francis Marion National Forest by US Forest Service staff in partnership with the Palmetto Conservation Foundation in 1994. The trail was constructed as a natural surface trail on federal land, extending from US-52/Canal Recreation Area near Bonneau to the Intracoastal Waterway near Awendaw (see attached location map). For the past 25 years the trail has been used by thousands of hikers and mountain bikers, including those on nature walks, bird watching trips, cross-country runs, camping trips and mountain bike rides. A western portion of the trail has been used for horseback riding, and an eastern portion allows for canoe access to Awendaw Creek. The attached letter from the Forest Supervisor for Sumter and Francis Marion National Forests expresses support and recommendation for the National Recreation Trail designation, with concurrence from the District Ranger
and Outdoor Recreation Program Manager.

The Palmetto Trail was started in 1994 by the Palmetto Conservation Foundation, in partnership with many private landowners, conservation groups, outdoor recreation organizations and government agencies across the state. When completed it will span 500 miles from Enoree in the Blue Ridge Mountains of the Upstate, through the state capital of Columbia, and terminating near Awendaw on the Intracoastal Waterway. With this designation, a full 58.05 miles of South Carolina’s iconic Palmetto Trail pass through the Francis Marion National Forest.

Additional Details

Width: 48 inches.
Primary Surface: Not Available
Secondary Surface: None
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
2020

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Map: USFS Map
Website: Palmetto Conservation Swamp Fox Passage trail page

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail management:
Cheron Ferland
Francis Marion & Sumter National Forest
5821 Hwy. 17 North
Awendan, SC 29429
(843) 928-3368

 

Photos

Sewee Shell Ring, located south of Awendaw, South Carolina in Francis Marion National Forest. Photo by Ammodramus/wiki.

Sewee Shell Ring, located south of Awendaw, South Carolina in Francis Marion National Forest. Photo by Ammodramus/wiki.

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