Palmetto Trail High Hills of Santee Passage

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Palmetto Trail High Hills of Santee Passage is a 10.6 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Fulton Crossroads, South Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers 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.

10.6 miles
620 feet
Point to Point

dogs on leash





mountain biking

trail running


horseback riding


wild flowers


High Hills of Santee in Sumter County was named for the high, sandy ridges that are part of the Sandhills geographical region. These rolling hills are the remains of an ancient ocean shoreline found in the Carolinas and Georgia. Over time, the beach sand and shells transformed into rock, called coquina, which can be seen today throughout Poinsett State Park. In the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps used the native stone to build many structures in the park. The highest point in Poinsett is about 130 feet above the adjacent Wateree Swamp. The views are impressive and the mosquitoes less bothersome than in the swamp. From Poinsett, the passage follows ridges through the pines and hardwoods in Manchester State Forest south to Mill Creek County Park. Birdwatching includes the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker.

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