Hiking the Palmetto Trail in South Carolina – Kidding Around Greenville

Have you hiked any of the Palmetto Trail as it crosses South Carolina? Kidding Around Contributor, Liene, has hiked many sections of the Palmetto Trail with her family. Her article is broken up by passage of the Palmetto Trail and location, so you can hike the section closest to you, plan a longer distance adventure, or travel for a weekend getaway with some hiking.

About The Palmetto Trail

South Carolina is fortunate to have not one, but two long-distance hiking trails traversing our beautiful state: the Foothills and the Palmetto Trails. While the Foothills Trail extends from Table Rock State Park to Oconee State Park along the foothills of the Appalachians, the Palmetto Trail traverses the entire state – from the mountains to the sea – and almost half of it is within a couple of hours’ drive of Greenville! Whether you are looking for a short stroll in the woods, a challenging multi-mile trek with the kids, or a backpacking adventure for your family, you can find it right here in the Upstate on the Palmetto Trail.

The Palmetto Trail stretches from Walhalla in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains to its low-country terminus at Awendaw and Buck Hall on the Intracoastal Waterway. Established in 1994, it is South Carolina’s longest pedestrian & bicycle trail!

Today, 380 of the proposed 500 miles of trail have been completed, ranging from 1 to 47 miles. The completed sections navigate backcountry, rails-to-trail greenways, city sidewalks & bikeways, equestrian trails – even the steps of the state’s capital! They connect state and county parks, national forests, nature preserves, wildlife management areas & Revolutionary War battlefields, and allow hiking & backpacking, as well as mountain biking, horseback riding, and camping on some passages.

Whether thru-hiking, or just out for a stroll, the trail explores the rich diversity and fascinating history, culture, and geography of the Palmetto State. Choose a passage, then head over to the Palmetto Conservation Foundation website to download maps and parking info; we’ve included links to corresponding articles on KAG, as well as to the corresponding Palmetto Trail page in our passage guide below.

The Palmetto Trail Passages

These tails are organized from NW to SE.

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