Reviewed by SCgregg1 on March 6, 2011
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The Awendaw Passage is the southernmost section of the Palmetto Trail, winding itself for seven miles along intracostal waterways, salt marshes, tidal creeks, maritime forests, and upland forests.
The trail starts at Buck Hall Recreation Area at the day use area, and travels west over a very well maintained and marked path. Points of interest and views are too numerous to mention here. Rounding every turn is like Forrest Gump's box of chocolates: You never know what you're going to get.
The trail, in itself, is quite easy for both hikers and mountain bikers. I happened to bike this recently and found it to be quite a fun ride. I will caution, however, that the trail is narrow in spots and on a nice day there will be many others on the trail. I almost ran into a hiker...I don't know who was more scared, him or me.
Camping is available at Buck Hall. As of right now, you can camp first-come-first-serve, but the small campground is full quite often so making a reservation at Reserveamerica.com is a good idea. Fees are $15 for a tent site and $20 for a full service site.
Day-use parking at Buck Hall will cost you $5.00 per vehicle. There are no other fees required to use the Awendaw Passage.
Weather walking or biking the Awendaw Passage, it is an amazing stretch of real estate. It's also very interesting to know that you are traveling in the footsteps of the Seewee Indians, who called the place home 4000 years ago.
There is a great guide book available for this Palmetto Trail Passage. It is contained in The Palmetto Trail Lowcountry Guide, available from The Palmetto Conservation Foundation (PCF). The guide gives good trail descriptions and provides maps of all the passages from the Atlantic Ocean to the end of the Wateree Passage. The guide is also a fantastic history book!
Information about the guide book and PCF can be found at www.palmettoconservation.org. PCF is a non-profit organization and is responsible for orchestrating all development of The Palmetto Trail.
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