Imagine 500 miles of hiking and bicycling paths beside lakes, across mountain ridges, through forests, into towns big and small. What better way to explore the natural beauty and local color of South Carolina?
Conceived in 1994, South Carolina’s Palmetto Trail is the state’s largest bicycle and pedestrian project and will run from the mountains to the sea.
This federally designated Millennium Legacy Trail is the
signature project of the Palmetto Conservation Foundation. It is
one of only 16 cross-state trails in the United States!
Palmetto Trail is two-thirds complete with more than 350 miles open to the public.
The trail is being built as a series of “passages.” Each of the passages open are accessible for single-day or multi-day trips. Eventually the trail will form a spine for a network of trails and bikeways in South Carolina.
The Palmetto Trail features primitive pathways along knife-edged mountaintops and treks through maritime, sandhill, and piedmont forests. Other sections are urban bikeways, greenways and rail-to-trail conversions. Two passages include Revolutionary War battlefields. Together or separate, the passages reveal the rich diversity and the history, culture and geography of the Palmetto State.