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I went on the part 1 of this passage on the palmetto trail (4 parts on this passage) camped and then walked back. Not a lot of water stagnant standing water but I brought enough with me. White tail deer, Turkeys lot of flowers big lob Lolly pine Forrest. Saw a lot of pitcher plants. Easy trail very fun and well maintained

I just did part 1 and into part 2 so I hiked 22 miles it was easy and fun actually. Water was a bit dodgy just stagnate ponds but I didn’t go past the 11 mile mark then I camped and walked back out the next day.

We went with an 11 and 7 year old plus a dog. A great easy hike for the whole family.

Great trail. Muddy

Hermit thrush, black & white warbler, downy woodpecker, chickadees, robins, and heard parulas ..... and gators!

Trail is very well maintained! For being right outside of Charleston, it’s perfect to get away for the day and go hiking. The trail is fairly easy to walk - some roots and soft marsh spots. Also, love that it’s dog friendly!! We took our two dogs and had a blast. There were quite a bit of people out walking with their dogs and riding bikes, so it gets some traffic on the weekends. Definitely a hidden gem!

I started my hike at 7 am not long after sunrise and ended it just before 5 pm. Personally I enjoyed this trail and if you have it in you it makes for a great all day through hike. For it being March 1st I saw plenty of reptiles and amphibians and wildlife in general. This trail has a good mix of terrain and surroundings, it's hard to get bored on this trail. It could be marked better as other people noted but it's good enough and if you use your wits you're bound to find your way. I uploaded some of the pics I took. I will definitely be returning to this one!

I’d like to give this trail a 3.5. It was a great trail and a fun adventure but it was REALLY muddy. But we still had a great time! Our dogs did too!

nature trips
2 months ago

Tucked deep in the Francis Marion National Forest, this primitive trail provides a temporary escape from civilized life. If you're looking for a way to hit the "reset button" this is your trail!

hiking
3 months ago

Went in January. Good hike, and good views of the levees/water. Didn’t see too much interesting wildlife, but good surroundings. Definitely more of an Easy hike than Moderate, but some parts of the trail can get overgrown.

Meh. Not that fun. Flat, didn’t see any wildlife. Wouldn’t recommend going in late December.

This is my first trail I walked. It was nice and quiet. I saw a couple of birds and a few wild boar. It had not rained enough to prevent me from walking the loop. There are a couple of down trees laying across the trail, but nothing to hinder my pace. There are a lot of roots above ground and I would not recommend a bike or baby strollers. Some areas are a little over grown and will need trimmed back in spring (perfect place for snakes to hide). Would definitely recommend it for beginners. I really enjoyed it.

The trail is pretty straight, this time of year there are little to no bugs and tree coverage keeps you pretty cool. I didn't realize how popular this trail was for bicyclists and only saw one other hiker to the numerous bikers. I probably won't be hiking this trail again because of how narrow it is and the fact it's primarily used for those with two wheels.

Easy, short hike — it’s an especially fun trail run. It being such a short hike is its only drawback. When there’s been a lot of rain, it can be impassable in parts.

Great trail along the inter coastal water way. With several outlooks to the water along the way. We had children starting at 5 and adults age 65 in our group that went and it was a perfect hike!

backpacking
7 months ago

I have hiked this 18 mile section multiple times and really enjoy it. We started in the afternoon, camped overnight on the trail, and finished the remaining distance the next morning. If you camp, you’ll likely hear lots of wildlife around you. Great experience!

Cool place. Print the trail guide before you go, it's much more fun this way. I would say, the trail is for quest lovers as you have to almost solve the directions puzzles to stay on the right trail :)

Only went a short distance (7 miles) on the trail. Started off of where is crossed US17 in Monck's Corner, 4 miles from US52. Trail was well marked. Lots of spiders and mosquitoes/gnats everywhere. Bring some deet! There is a nice section through a swampy area which is raised above the surrounded wetland, but most of the trail is flat and somewhat bland. No animals in sight. Tree cover is constant and a great source of shade.

Stumbled upon this trail one day and stopped for a short hike. Didn't finish the entire trail but really enjoyed the easy stroll. Really nice trees and some open areas to stretch out.

Nice hike.

hiking
10 months ago

I've walked this trail a few times and love it. Great views and had a real adrenaline pumping moment when I walked up on some gators resting on the bank. Must be lightly used. First hike no other people. Second hike saw 2 other people.

Trail had great sights but we didn't hike on it long. very, very buggy. We couldn't stand still for even a second. We heard a lot of birds but did not have a chance to stop and look for what they were. We only walked up to the split but it was still very cool to see. We basically bathed ourselves in bug spray and still had an issue with the bugs. I would love to go back and hike the full loop when it isn't so buggy. The palms in the swamp we're very cool to see!

mountain biking
11 months ago

Like the previous review, very nice out and back. First time on the bikes for a while and longest on a trail to date. My wife and I rode from Buck Hall CG to the canoe launch and back. Some tough spots but we made it!

hiking
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Through hiked all 47 miles. Averaging 3 miles a hour. Trail is as flat as flat can be so you can make up ground quickly. Was very very hot around 2-5 pm. Took two days and was terrible the bugs (ticks and mosquitoes) were everywhere. Deer ticks and lone star ticks, so please wear pants! I am talking about going through swarms of mosquitoes. If you are going to do any section of this trail bring DEET 100. I even brought the DEET 30% wipes as well. I was happy to just make it out alive. Thankfully I met some great people along the trail to give me WATER. There was little to no water through the whole trail and what was there was stagnant swamp water. Even with a filter and treating it, it's still very suspect and yellow. The map that you can download from the conservation site is inaccurate and even the ranger station does not have water since it is closed down! So beware! I started with 3 liters and that was enough for one day. Did 30 miles the first day and 17 the next. Campsites are not great and as primitive as it gets only housing a couple of tents max. There are multiple detours around the trail and thus causing you to walk on roads. I give it one star since I did see some wildlife but that's about it. Some sections are completely burned and those actually were the best parts since nothing is there including mosquitoes. Hope this helps someone else before they try this

mountain biking
Friday, May 19, 2017

The beginning and end of this trail was easy. The mid trail was full of roots so it was more challenging than "easy". The path was scenic with great creek views and some elevation along the way. We rode during the dry season in May, so no mud. There would have been mud during wetter weather. You need mosquito spray, or to ride fast, or both. Thank you to the Boy Scouts and others who have improved this trail. It was a pleasure to enjoy your work. Very clean too. I recommend it if you are up for a bit of a rough ride!

hiking
Saturday, March 18, 2017

I think it is more medium than easy but I really liked it!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Definitely 3-4 miles if you include the trails around the impoundments which you obviously should because it's the best part. Unfortunately one of the dikes is out make it impassable.

walking
Thursday, March 02, 2017

Great easy loop trail with lots to see!

backpacking
Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Just completed the west section ending at mile marker 22. It's a nice hike with lots of water so the foot bridges are greatly appreciated. Part of the trail is closed right now. There is a detour and it is well marked. I recommend you check out the palmetto trail website for updates on the trail condition before heading out.

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