Charleston: Palmetto Trail (Awendaw Connector)

This 9.8-mile out-and-back strolls through sandy pine and oak forest, and across tidal creeks to stunning coastal views in Francis Marion National Forest.
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This 9.8-mile out-and-back strolls through sandy pine and oak forest, and across tidal creeks to stunning coastal views in Francis Marion National Forest.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 8.0

Waypoints

Footbridge

Location: 33.0320701599121, -79.5750198364258

Sturdy footbridges link the wet, marshy gaps between forestlands. © Skip Reitmeier

AWT011

Location: 33.0300407409668, -79.6029510498047

Turn R, heading N

AWT012

Location: 33.0383148193359, -79.6024398803711

Trail joins US 17; good turnaround spot

AWT001

Location: 33.0392189025879, -79.5644989013672

Trail begins @ end of grassy parking area, SW of Buck Hall Recreation Area

AWT002

Location: 33.0434494018555, -79.5677032470703

Trail crosses logging road. Turn L and then a quick R, following white blazes.

AWT003

Location: 33.0439796447754, -79.5680923461914

Confusing junction: Trail turns L off wide forest road (follow blazes)

AWT004

Location: 33.0438385009766, -79.5703582763672

Several footbridges cross small creeks and tidal marshes; this area floods during high tide

AWT005

Location: 33.0429801940918, -79.5723266601562

Keep straight @ logging road

AWT006

Location: 33.0413093566894, -79.5730514526367

Trail bears R through a powerline cut then reenter woods

AWT007

Location: 33.0348205566406, -79.5700073242188

Trail intersects the Intracoastal Waterway and marshes; exceptional views and bright red sunrises

AWT008

Location: 33.0318908691406, -79.5749130249024

Footbridge: More great views of salt marsh and Bulls Bay

AWT009

Location: 33.0331115722656, -79.5829086303711

Turn L @ T; footbridge ahead

AWT010

Location: 33.030818939209, -79.5889587402344

Sit on bench overlooking lazy creek and coastal waterway; continue NW roughly tracing Awendaw Creek

Bridge Near Trailhead

Location: 33.0392227172852, -79.564567565918

The Palmetto Trail enters a thick, diverse forest. © Skip Reitmeier

Marsh Views

Location: 33.0325164794922, -79.5792694091797

Grassy greens and amber browns stretch as far as the eye can see. © Skip Reitmeier

Bench Above Creek

Location: 33.0308418273926, -79.5887145996094

The Awendaw Creek flows lazily into the Intracoastal Waterway and salt marshes. © Skip Reitmeier