Reviewed by SCgregg1 on May 6, 2011
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The Swamp Fox Passage of the Palmetto Trail is a long one. 47 miles of diverse walking or biking through many distinctly different ecosystems that can be enjoyed by thru-hikers, day hikers, or mountain bikers. Various overnight or multi-day backpacking trips can be done, thanks to the several camping opportunities available along the trail. Camping is only allowed, however, in designated areas.
The Swamp Fox Passage was my best Palmetto Trail experience to date. I was fortunate that my timing was good. I seemed to hit all the blooming things as they were starting to bloom. The weather was also good and for the most part, I was ahead of the mosquitoes. The trail was in excellent condition and well marked.
For six weeks this spring (on my days off) I hiked, biked, and did a combination of both on the Swamp Fox and I often camped at Halfway Creek Trail Campground after a day out on the trail. Halfway Creek Camp is conveniently located in an area on the passage that can be driven to fairly quickly from most sections of the passage. Camping is free and there is a good water source there. [For more information on Halfway Creek Trail Campground, it is listed here at Tripleblaze]
What I didn't do (sadly) was camp at the many remote primitive campsites along the passage. But I spent a little bit of time at each and I have sworn to myself to spend a night or two at all of them, eventually.
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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