The Palmetto Trail is a walking and bike path which currently extends through 12 South Carolina counties, running roughly through the center off the state from Oconee County down to Charleston County. Now 235 miles long, plans are in place for it to eventually stretch 425 miles. The trail consists of consists of 23 local segments, called passages, with Spartanburg County having the largest number by far.
The Palmetto Trail is made up of a variety of trail types – from urban bike trails and greenways to Revolutionary War battlefields, and in fact connects many trails that already existed. Once completed, it will be one of only 16 cross-state trails in the country.
First conceived in 1994 by the Palmetto Conservation Foundation, the Palmetto trail is a federally-designated Millennium Legacy Trail. The images below represent various passages along the trail.
Palmetto Trail – Croft Passage
The Croft Passage of the Palmetto Trail runs through Camp Croft State Park, located near downtown Spartanburg. The park takes its name from Camp Croft, a United States army camp used to train 60,000 soldiers during World War II.
The bridge shown here – which forms part of Croft Passage – holds the distinction of being the longest footbridge in any South Carolina state park. It crosses Fairforest Creek.
Palmetto Trail – Peak to Prosperity Passage
This historic railroad bridge is part of the Peak-to-Prosperity Passage in Newberry County. Built in 1890, it crosses the Broad River. An earlier bridge was intentionally burned by Confederate troops during the Civil War to slow the advance of General Sherman’s troops.
Palmetto Trail – High Hills of Santee Passage
This 9.4-mile passage of the Palmetto Trail starts in Poinsett State Park in Sumter County. Its name comes from its location within the “Sand Hills” – a geographical region of the state that sits on a prehistoric shoreline. This former ocean coast once dominated central South Carolina and Georgia.