Palmetto Trail Awendaw Passage

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Palmetto Trail Awendaw Passage is a 13.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mcclellanville, South Carolina that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

13.3 miles
147 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly




mountain biking

nature trips

trail running





wild flowers


Awendaw Passage is the final leg of the Palmetto Trail, SC's mountains-to-sea trail.

19 days ago

Beautiful sights. Rained the night before, so the ground was very wet. Great hike!

2 months ago

This was my first hike on July 10th 2018 and this was great. The trail was well maintained and the scenery was beautiful.

4 months ago

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

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!

9 months ago

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!

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Nice hike.

mountain biking
Friday, May 26, 2017

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!

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!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Nice area. Good easy trail.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

very flat, good for a run, but not a lot of variation in the scenery.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Started a section hike of the Palmetto Trail here. Trail is very flat and excellently maintained. They were doing a cross country race when we were there and they had even marked small obstructions in the trail with paint. If you like looking at salt water marshes this is the trail for you.

scenic driving
Thursday, August 18, 2016

A nice drive

Saturday, July 02, 2016

It was great! A little buggy but expected for July after a rain. Loved the canopy of trees,wasn't too hot. Will do it again in the fall! So peaceful and lots to look at.

scenic driving
Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Warm sunshine and a pleasant drive.

scenic driving
Wednesday, February 03, 2016

A nice country ride on a nice day.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Great Trail. However, the map listed for this trail is incorrect. It is only about half of the trail. Next time I do this trail I will attempt to add the rest of the trail. I'm not sure how to upload a recorded trail track to an existing map. Full trail map is in the link below. Also this trail is currently closed along with a few other sections of the Palmetto Trail due to all the rain SC got. See and there FB page for current trail closures..

Monday, September 21, 2015

Well marked and groomed trail. Great views of the marsh and creeks. Portions can get muddy - especially after rain. Recommend bringing your bud spray.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Nice view of the marsh. The trail is easy to walk, but less easy to navigate. Lost site of where the trail was a couple of times. There are marks on trees, but not always where you need them. There are a few benches overlooking the marsh along the way. Also, a fair amount of wildlife.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Hiked the whole 7.1 mile passage from Swamp Fox trailhead on Hwy. 17 to the eastern terminus at Buck Hall Recreation Area with my 9 year old. Took us about 4 hours. Nice easy trail with cool changes and some neat surprises along the way. There is a nice spot to sit and have a snack just a little ways past the canoe launch, complete with sturdy bench and view of the salt marsh. Do NOT forget bug spray!!! There are a few spots where you really have to watch for the blazes or you'll miss them if you're heading this direction. Definitely a great Saturday hike.

trail running
Friday, March 28, 2014

Great trail running or mountain biking. Parking is free on the end by the canoe launch. $5 on the buck hall landing start.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

This trail was my first hike in SC but proved to be a good one! The trail is for the most part running beside a creek, providing beautiful views over the marsh the entire time. The air smells like the beach and the trail itself is made up of soft sand, pine needles, and plank bridges, making for very peaceful barefoot hikes. This trail is only about 40 minutes away from the city and is a great getaway spot. Definitely a must-see especially for those who are out-of-state and looking to experience the Carolinas.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Great day all around! We only went to the 2nd mile marker & back do to the late starting time however, the trail was well marked and easily accessible also pet friendly. During spring and summer bring bug spray especially in the later hrs.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

A great day hike not too strenuous. This was our first leg of the Palmetto Trail.

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