Charleston: Palmetto Trail (Swamp Fox Passage)

This leisurely 8.2-mile out-and-back meanders through the low-country forests and cypress swamps of Francis Marion National Forest.
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This leisurely 8.2-mile out-and-back meanders through the low-country forests and cypress swamps of Francis Marion National Forest.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 6.5

Waypoints

Soaked Cypress

Location: 33.0630264282227, -79.7483139038086

©Skip Reitmeier

Cypress Swamp

Location: 33.0597610473633, -79.7450485229492

©Skip Reitmeier

Footbridge

Location: 33.0442962646484, -79.7316818237305

©Skip Reitmeier

Harleston Dam Campsite

Location: 33.0376129150391, -79.7259368896484

©Skip Reitmeier

SFP001

Location: 33.0307693481445, -79.7214508056641

Head N on yellow-blazed Swamp Fox Trail, a section of the 425-mile Palmetto Trail. Pack mosquito repellent

SFP002

Location: 33.0377006530762, -79.7260208129883

Harleston Dam campsite - flat, primitive site for two tents (no water). Ahead, blazed trail crosses forest road

SFP003

Location: 33.0410690307617, -79.7291412353516

Second primitive campsite

SFP004

Location: 33.0442390441894, -79.7317428588867

Trails slips over soupy marsh on footbridge; one of several swampy crossings to come

SFP005

Location: 33.0513496398926, -79.737922668457

Cross gravel forest road

SFP006

Location: 33.0568695068359, -79.7425918579102

Sharp L around swamp, a colorful blend of eerie black water, green moss, and white cypress trunks

SFP007

Location: 33.0596313476562, -79.745002746582

Cross third gravel road

SFP008

Location: 33.0628509521484, -79.7478866577148

Another cypress swamp on L. During the Revolutionary War, General Francis Marion earned the nickname "Swamp Fox" after he successfully hid his troops in local marshes while fighting the Brits

SFP009

Location: 33.0715103149414, -79.7457275390625

Cross log over boggy area; rest and eat here before returning to car. Optional: Continue N for .4 mi. and pick up shuttle on Steed Creek Rd.