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.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/nominate/
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 is a travel and entertainment writer and editor for OnlyInYourState.com with a bachelor's degree in Journalism. Her love for travel has taken her to many parts of the world. She spent more than two decades living on the coast in South Carolina and currently lives in the mountains of North Carolina - although she still makes it back to see family in South Carolina quite often. When she's not working, she loves to hike, kayak, and check out new adventures. Get in touch at [email protected]
Love South Carolina?
Thank you! You'll receive your first newsletter soon!