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.

The Swamp Fox National Recreational Trail was featured as a 'Trail of the Month' by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.

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.

Reviews

Swamp Fox Passage

   January, 2014 by chad.haffa

Though many mountain bikers travel this trail... this is best suited for hikers and trail runners. The trail is flat and fast. I have been from mile 29 (Witherbee Ranger Station) all the way to Highway 17 and Steed Creek Road at the trailhead and this ...read more

West half of Trail is tough for an old guy

   December, 2013 by gim820

In my quest to traverse N-S on trails only,from Canadian border to Mexican border, it required me to ride the Swamp Fox Trail (SFT) to cover latitudes 33.22124-33.03083. I started at a point where the SFT crosses Halfway Creek Rd. From there I rode the ...read more

Swamp Fox, Palmetto Trail

   February, 2011 by woodsides

Tried to ride Swamp Fox trail from it's Western Terminus, but rough singletrack, uneven with roots. Frequent wet spots (photo) caused us to give up after half a mile. It had been dry for a week or so and the boards suggest that these spots are permanent. ...read more