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Palmetto Trail to Tamassee Knob

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Oconee State Park

Palmetto Trail to Tamassee Knob is a 8.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Walhalla, South Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until October.

Distance: 8.7 miles Elevation Gain: 1,571 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

views

waterfall

wildlife

At the junction with the Foothills Trail, turn toward Tamassee Knob. On the return trip, take the short spur to Station Cove Falls.

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3 months ago

great trail close to home. first section near falls is well used, but once you turn off it is very peaceful .

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8 months ago

This is a nice trail that leads to more than one waterfall. There are some elevation changes abut overall the trail is not too bad. We did it with a group of teenagers and managed it well. Pretty quiet trip home.

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over grown
9 months ago

The trail from the road to the waterfall is very well traveled and maintained. Leaving the waterfall to the junction with Oconee state park is a little less traveled but still maintained. From the junction to Tamassee knob was very much overgrown and the trail very narrow in many places. The knob has a great view and was perfect for enjoying a short lunch. Took us 5 hours with a 40 minute lunch. Would definitely do again. Also want to mention we found a tick on our backpack at lunch. Make sure you bring bug repellent and check for ticks.

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Sat Feb 09 2019

This was my first time on the palmetto trail, I definitely would like to plan a trip from end to end! But sticking to this section. The trail begins gentle, slight decent into some bottom land hiking, definitely a very different but fun feel, you could pretend to be Francis Marion evading the northern army’s! The entire area used to be the stomping grounds of a sect of the Cherokee nation, and at certain light you can almost see the Braves peaking from behind the trees watching as travelers traverse in and out of the Forrest. In truth it is February now, bottom land is typically muggy and buggy in the summer time! However the falls were breathtaking, I’m certain that on a hot summers day the reward would be worth the pain. The trail was easily traversed, and after turning off the falls you step on to the palmetto trail and immediately begin to ascend. The trail moves up several spurs and ridge Lines working from the Oconee Station up to the Oconee state park. We jumped the trail over to the Tamassee knob trail and worked our way up to Tamassee knob. It was predominantly incline from trail head to the knob, though there was a little down hill between the park and the final ascent to Tamassee knob. Sumpter National Forrest has some beautiful fairytale Forrest sections. I’m certain during a damp spring the forest, just waking up from a winters sleep, would provide quite a magical experience! In all however, the grades were mostly gentle and the trip very doable!

Sun Jan 27 2019

Instant gratification with the spur trail to the falls then a very nice hike to the overlook.

Wed Jun 13 2018

Decent enough trail, but I expected more views from Tamasee Knob, when it was really more like what you would get from a viewing waypoint. Stopped at Station Cove falls on the way up, just a quick jaunt off the trail, very beautiful. Overall a pretty moderate hike, took a little over 3 hours to complete. The Oconee connector trail that you hike on the majority of the way will take you all the way to Oconee state park if you keep going straight at the turnoff for Tamasee knob.

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