Palmetto Trail (Peak to Prosperity Passage)

South Carolina

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Palmetto Trail (Peak to Prosperity Passage) Facts

States: South Carolina
Counties: Newberry
Length: 10.2 miles
Trail end points: Alston Road (Alston) and just east of SC-773 and Cy Schumpert Road (Prosperity)
Trail surfaces: Crushed Stone, Dirt, Sand
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 8716045

Palmetto Trail (Peak to Prosperity Passage) Description

The Peak to Prosperity Passage segment of the Palmetto Trail offers an easy, flat route for most of its 10-mile journey. The views from the bridges are beautiful, plus there are ample opportunities for wildlife sightings. A highlight of the route is the Broad River trestle, which spans more than 1,000 feet and provides breathtaking views. The Peak to Prosperity Passage has a rich history; Crims Creek is known as the Dutch Fork due to the immigrants who settled there in the 1700s.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available at the trail's eastern terminus in Alston. From Columbia, take I-26 northbound. Take Exit 97 to US 176 and travel west for 11 miles. Take a right onto SC 213 and drive 3.1 miles. Turn right onto Alston Road (State Road S-20-35), which is the first road after the Broad River bridge. When Alston Road forks, veer right; you'll see parking shortly after crossing railroad tracks.

Another trailhead is available in Pomaria at the center of the trail route. From Columbia, take I-26 northbound. Take Exit 85 to reach SC 202; travel northeast on 202 until the T-intersection with US 176 and turn left. As you enter Pomaria, turn right on Anjella Street and park behind the kiosk adjacent to Wilson’s Grocery.

Palmetto Trail (Peak to Prosperity Passage) Reviews

Nice Ride

What I like about this trail is that it passes through a heavily wooded area passing over streams and rivers. Very scenic. Also i have never seen more than a few other people when I’ve been there. There are two easy road crossings. Unfortunately one of the bridges has no side rails and some of the boards are in need of repair so use caution when crossing. The trail is somewhat rocky but much improved o er what it used to be.

Peaceful & solitary. Trestles need repairs

This week I ran from the parking area near I-26 to Route 176 in Pomaria and returned to my starting point. This was 3 miles each way so I know it was a small portion of the overall trail. The trail feels secluded and peaceful once you get away from the interstate. I saw several deer and only one other user of the trail. After lots of rain this week the trail was well drained. As a previous reviewer mentioned, the surface is made of chunky rocks which is very bumpy for runners and cyclists. I rolled my ankle twice but fortunately no sprains. My biggest concern is that the trestle boards are in poor condition. I saw several that were broken through that could cause a pedestrian or cyclist to get hurt. I felt a couple boards crunch under me and I'm not a big person. One of the trestles I crossed used man-made boards and it seemed to be in the best condition. The next time they re-surface the trail I hope they use a finer aggregate which would make it more safer for everyone.

Great trail for mtn. bike newbies. Trail conditions are good. Get there early for best parking, trail is very popular with day hikers & runners.

Great trail for mtn. bike newbies. Trail conditions are good. Get there early for best parking, trail is very popular with day hikers & runners.

Great trail to learn to ride your mountain bike. Trails conditions good to very good.

Great trail to learn to ride your mountain bike. Trails conditions good to very good.

Accordion

A glorious walk with a four-legged critters

Great place to walk the dogs and enjoy a good day out in the woods...

8.09 miles

I like this trail. This is a place I would like to take my family. It has a lot of views specially the little river area where you can go down stairs and set by the water.

Difficult parking at Alston

The parking area at Alston is up a steep, DEEPLY rutted hill. This needs a lot of work. The trail is pretty, but covered with rather large rocks instead of gravel. We tried this trail with our hybrid bikes and turned back after less than a mile. It's more of a walking trail. Not sure it would even be fun with a mountain bike.

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