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You’ve Never Experienced Anything Like This Epic Abandoned Railroad Hike In South Carolina

If ever there was an “epic” hike in South Carolina it would be anywhere on the Palmetto Trail. Destined to include 500 continuous miles of South Carolina trails from the mountains to the sea, the Palmetto Trail is a tremendous resource for outdoor recreation. The Palmetto Trail project began in 1994.

According to the Palmetto Conservation Foundation’s website, 350 miles of trail are complete, including 26 passages ranging from 1.3 miles to a whopping 47 miles. That much being said, it’s difficult to favor one passage over another. However, if you’re looking for a true “rail trail,” then this is that one epic abandoned railroad hike you should take in South Carolina.

The Peak to Prosperity Passage of the Palmetto Trail can be accessed via three trailheads: Alston Trailhead, Hope Station Trailhead and Pomaria Trailhead. Directions to all three can be found at this link.

Have you hiked any part of the Palmetto Trail? We’d love to know and see your photos in our comments!

Thanks again to YouTube user XtremeKatfishn for his great vlogs of hiking on this trail! You can see Part One of his hike here.

Robin Jarvis
Robin Jarvis is a staff writer for OnlyInYourState.com. She's traveled to five of the seven continents and currently lives 35-feet in the air in a treehouse in the Southeastern U.S. When she's not writing, she's dreaming of her next trip.