Swamp Fox Passage (Palmetto Trail)

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The Swamp Fox Trail is one of South Carolina Lowcountry's oldest trails and offers a long, flat, one-way journey through the swampy wetlands and coastal pine forests of Francis Marion National Forest. The total length of the trail is 42 miles, but only the eastern 27 miles are designated as a National Recreation Trail.

When Revolutionary War General Francis Marion sought refuge from British troops in the state's Lowcountry swamps, he earned the nickname "Swamp Fox." His guerilla tactics and legendary reputation eventually led Boy Scout leaders to name this trail after Marion when it was originally built in 1968.

A diverse array of wildlife such as deer, wild turkey, furbearers, songbirds and waterfowl is abundant along the trail. Be aware that after heavy rains the grassy savanna around Dog Swamp and Turkey Creek may have standing water.

From the southeastern terminus of the Swamp Fox Passage, continue to the coast via the Palmetto Trail-Awendaw Passage.

Parking and Trail Access

To the eastern trailhead: From Charleston, follow US 17 north to Steed Creek Road (Charleston County S-1032) in Awendaw. Look for the trailhead parking area just beyond Steed Creek Road.

To the western trailhead: From Charleston, drive northeast to Mt. Pleasant and turn left onto SR 41. At Huger, bear left onto SR 402, drive 3 miles and turn right onto Copperhead Road. Drive 2 miles and turn right onto Witherbee Road. The district office and parking area are 0.5 mile on the right.



   January, 2017 by tebuckner4

My husband and I started to ride this trail recently, but we gave up about a half-mile in because it was too bumpy and rough for our bikes. The surroundings are lovely, but I don't recommend riding this trail unless you have thick tires and a full suspension ...read more

Half Way Creek to Awendaw

   December, 2016 by rwmcnutt

Ran out and back on this 6 mile section of Swamp Fox / Palmetto Trail today. Trail was in great shape and even with a hard rain a few days ago it was 95% dry. Some hard root packed areas but mostly running on a bed of pine needles. Great way to end 2016! ...read more

   April, 2016 by wrhyde

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