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Saluda Mountains Passage of the Palmetto Trail

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Saluda Mountains Passage runs along the ridge defining the northern perimeter of the Poinsett Watershed and the border between the Carolinas. The 19,000-acre watershed is a pristine wilderness area with remarkable habitat for rare plants and animals, including the threatened Peregrine falcon. Greenville Water System (GW) owns the tract, which drains the headwaters of the North Saluda River into Poinsett Reservoir. The Nature Conservancy holds the conservation easement. GW permits hiking, but enforces strict rules in exchange for access. Please help Palmetto Conservation keep this passage open by following the rules. Note that many organisms in the streams have low tolerance for pollution. Practicing “Leave No Trace” is essential in this extraordinary ecosystem. The passage trailhead connects with Poinsett Reservoir Passage at Orchard Lake Campground. NOTICE: Logging is currently underway between Talisman Camp Trailhead and Bell Mountain Road For more information about the passage and to access a pdf copy of our maps please go to If you are interested in getting involved with the trail or would like to make a donation please visit

Price: Free

Vendor: Palmetto Conservation Foundation

Category: Parks & Forests

Activities: Hiking

Published: 2020-April-23

Language: English

Size: 5.2 MB

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