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

14.5 miles
298 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running


bird watching


partially paved

rails trails



wild flowers



9 days ago

I usually hike in the mountains and was looking forward to a good long leg-stretcher on flat ground. This hike was perfect. First thing was I was amazed at how much time I could make on flat ground, especially when I crossed Hope Station Rd in about 75 minutes, which is quite fast for me. Second, the amount of wildlife is amazing. Tons of squirrels and birds, heard hawks screeching overhead, lots of small things skittering off to my side. A Great Blue Heron right after I turned around to walk back.

I hiked from Allston, past Pomaria for another mile or so, or a little past where the app goes, so about 15 miles in total. Turned around at the trestle just past a picnic/camping area on the trail and saw the heron in the stream to to left. It was a warm day for February but being a weekday I ran into a pair of cyclists who went by in each direction and then a guy and his dog past Pomaria. A few people have mentioned the gravel from the rail bed but that didn't bother me much. Between mulch over some stretches, leaf and pine needle cover in others and a good pair of boots I found that a non-issue.

I'm looking forward to doing the remaining stretch of this to Prosperity when I need another long leg-stretcher. Highly recommend this trail for a change of pace.

trail running
2 months ago

Started a 10 mile out and back at Alston Trailhead near the Peak Pharmacy. Wide trail, not technically difficult, flat with numerous bridge crossings. Boardwalk in good shape with a few areas in need of repair; do watch your feet on the bridges. Past peak leaf season today but still very pretty. Next year will try to come a few weeks earlier. Consider stopping at George's Grocery(around mile 6.5 from the start) if you need some refreshment. Watched some YouTube video before going and they are spot on.

5 months ago

Beautiful, straightforward hike. Little to no change in elevation. Tons of spiders, but overall a nice, easy day hike. The bridge is the best part!

5 months ago

Nice walk. Pretty view of the river.

6 months ago

Nice and easy flat trail
Did .7 in/out on the prosperity peak trail. Very heavy mosquito population so bring the bug spray! Great little hour hike for me and the 30lb ergo held 18 month old.

mountain biking
9 months ago

fine 15 mile nature ride. wild life. flat grade. good canopy. super quiet and not very trafficked. def will be back when i need a couple hours of quiet riding.

Friday, November 03, 2017

Nice hike with relatively flat grade. Great bridge across Broad River at Peak. Standing in the middle of this bridge over the Broad River is quite possibly worth the trip alone.

The aggregate rock of a railroad bed is ever present. Wear good hiking boots if you venture up the trail towards Pomaria.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Awesome trail.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Pros: The first trestle over the river was awesome. Some of the other trestles and old buildings were pretty neat too. It was a very peaceful hike, only seeing 4 other people on the entire trail. A lot of good historical information too.

Cons: The rocks were difficult to hike on and many times were unsteady. The first 6.5 miles seemed better kept than the remaining 4.3. Some of the trestles were in disrepair and had many soft boards and holes. The trail just ends at 10.8 you either have to be picked up at mile 6.5 or hike all the way back...which makes for a long day. The number of spiderwebs on the trail was ridiculous as were the number of ticks (around 25-30 total) I picked off myself and my dog (neither one of us left the trail either!)

I probably will not hike this trail again, or if I do, will only hike the first 2-3 mile, after that, it doesn't offer anything really different to see.

mountain biking
Thursday, March 23, 2017

We are wanting to bike the full 10.8 miles from Peak to Prosperity but the 10.8 mile mark appears to be in an area with no access. Any information? WE would like to stage a vehicle.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Beautiful trails. My new favorite place!

Monday, November 28, 2016

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.

Saturday, October 01, 2016

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

Sunday, August 14, 2016

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.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Easy trail, not very long. Nice scenery

Saturday, April 09, 2016


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.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

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

cross country skiing
Monday, January 18, 2016

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

Sunday, December 13, 2015

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.

Friday, December 11, 2015

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!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

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

Friday, January 02, 2015

**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
Friday, January 11, 2013

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!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

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.....

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