Palmetto Trail (Peak to Prosperity Passage)

South Carolina

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
Trail activities: Fishing, Mountain Biking, Walking

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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

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.

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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