At 47 miles, the Swamp Fox Passage is the longest section of the cross-state Palmetto Trail. The passage traverses four distinct ecosystems through Francis Marion National Forest, including swamps made famous as hideouts of Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion. Mature long-leaf pine forests are home to the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker. Grassy savannas with abundant wildlife border Dog Swamp and Turkey Creek, and a cypress pool footbridge offers excellent views of the impressive Wadboo Swamp. Three trailheads provide users with options for one long trek or shorter day trips. Any access point makes for an enjoyable trip and diverse views. NOTICE: There are only one water source on the Swamp Fox Passage. The Ranger Station off Steed Creek Road that is roughly 1.2 miles west of where Steed Creek Road crosses the trail between mile 13 and 14. * Hwy 52 Trailhead is CLOSED due to trail repairs. Halfway Creek Trailhead – The parking area off of Halfway Creek road was originally designed as a trailhead and does not have the infrastructure to support a trail camp. Therefore, it is no longer considered a designated camping area. The Forest Service has recently ordered new signage to install indicating that it is a trailhead and are working on updating the kiosk. As it isn’t a designated camping area, individuals wishing to camp there require a dispersed camping permit. Also, there is no water available at Witherbee TH and Halfway Creek TH For more information about the passage and to access a pdf copy of our maps please go to https://palmettoconservation.org/palmetto-trail/ If you are interested in getting involved with the trail or would like to make a donation please visit https://palmettoconservation.org/get-involved/
Vendor: Palmetto Conservation Foundation
Activities: Hiking, Camping, Cycling
Size: 13.3 MB
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