Palmetto Trail

EASY 15 reviews

Palmetto Trail is a 14.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pomaria, SC that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

14.5 miles 440 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly




mountain biking

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Pros: Old railroad grade. Numerous railroad tressels. Crims Creek views and crossings. Mostly shady. Superb camping site near Pomaria. Nice for easy day hiking or short overnight backpacking.
Cons: Caution during hunting season.

2 months ago

Nice easy trail for a day hike. The old railroad bridge is cool and the river is always beautiful.

3 months ago

Nice scenic ride but I couldn't find the entire trail, there seems to be more. I'd love to learn more about the trail if anyone has any suggestions.

5 months ago

Easy trail, not very long. Nice scenery

6 months ago

7 months ago


The view from the bridge is beautiful.

The smell of cedar

The river near Nathan's trestle


The rockiness of the path was my least favorite part but it was manageable.

8 months ago

Great trail to walk with the dogs! We did 5+ miles.

cross country skiing
10 months ago

Nice peaceful walk, very basic straight path over nice scenic rivers. Low incline and terrain is loose gravel/dirt and grass. I enjoy this trail a lot

11 months ago

Flat, well maintained in spite of recent flood. Good signage. Surface is predominately packed earth and grass with very short sections of large gravel. Six miles from Alston to Pomaria. Good for a casual stroll close to home. The train history and local economic impact is interesting. Tree stands and gun shots close to trail unnerving. Probably not the best choice in deer season.

11 months ago

Solid trail. As stated, it is an old rail with some pretty cool information along the trail pertaining to the Civil War and the various eras. Very, very straight and wide so if you are looking for a trail with switchbacks and technicality, you may not like this one. Also, both sides of the trail along approximately half a mile of it is owned by a hunting club and you can see multiple stands. That kind of me made uncomfortable while running out there by myself during deer season. Just be vigilant!

1 year ago

Did this trail on the day it opened. It's nice BUT it's difficult walking constantly in those large stones. 3 of us women ended up with pain from hip to ankle . Will never do it again. It's flat but you can't walk on the path all the time

cross country skiing
1 year ago

1 year ago

**Note - my hike was an out-and-back trip from the Alston to Pomaria trailheads; the distance reflected is one way between those two points. The complete trail extends approximately 4 more miles to the west**

A part of the Palmetto Trail, the Peak to Prosperity Passage is a rails-to-trails project that offers an easily accessible and interesting hike through a midlands forest. The trail is open to hikers and off-road cyclists.

The prominent feature of the trail is the many former railroad trestles that carry the hiker over rivers, creeks and swampy areas. Informational kiosks are strategically located along the trail, revealing the history of the rail line. A talking guide is also available by use of your cell phone and QR codes located on rail side signage.

The terrain is more or less flat, as the trail was graded for railroad purposes. The hiker can view locations where work crews bisected hills, filled gullies and created causeways across swampy areas for laying the railroad bed.

The campsite located 1.5 miles east of the Pomaria trailhead was an unexpected treat; fire rings, picnic tables, a sump tube, bear bag food cable and nearby flowing water are amenities available to campers utilizing this primitive site.

Hikers should be aware that long stretches of the trail are on bare gravel; take this in to consideration when choosing your foot gear for this hike. Also, be aware of hunting activity along the trail during deer season. Numerous deer hunting stands overlook the trail from adjacent, private property.

In all, I thought this was a pleasant hike and one I am glad I took. However, the trail became monotonous as the miles passed and this is one segment I am unlikely to repeat, resulting in my rating of 3 out of 5 stars.

mountain biking
3 years ago

The overview is wrong about this trail. It's 10.8 miles one way from Peak to Prosperity. A map and trail/trail head description is listed below. But as far as a review, it's a great trail, easy walk, wear boots, or have sturdy, wide tires on a mountain bike. Be sure to stop and get a beer and burger in Pomeria; we did, the beer was cold and the burger was large and delicious. It's a lovely treat and a great value!

4 years ago

Go to the Alston Trailhead in Peak,SC . Just over the Broad River bridge you will see the turn in to the trailhead. Camping right there is available before you go over the walking bridge(part of the trail but used to be for R.R.) See where Sherman and his army burned down the old bridge...the cement structures are still in the water and can be seen from the bridge. The trail itself is wide and long and boring. Me and the wife found a Geocache at one of the street crossings....some wildlife in the area and the only reason it gets three stars is because the area has the best Smallmouth fishing in the state. Kayaking loads of fun but the trail, which Im rating here, is boring.....