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 Pinewood, 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.

Distance: 10.6 miles Elevation Gain: 410 feet Route Type: Point to Point

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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.

6 months ago

Bizarre trail. Once you cross the first road you will shortly enter a field of felled trees. After walking along the periphery for about half a mile, the trail becomes indistinguishable.

Wed Jun 13 2018

Don't go without plenty of water bc there is none alone this trail.

Sat Jun 09 2018

Easy section of the palmetto trail. The trail is easy to follow and is well maintained. Bugs were minimal. We saw a few deer and enjoyed the trip. The trail surface is mostly soft sand, so be prepared. It feels like hiking on the beach. Enjoy 2018

Sun May 27 2018

Mon Aug 14 2017