The 7.2 mile Wateree Passage begins in Poinsett State Park and runs to the Wateree River, crossing through Manchester State Forest and along the old SC Railroad bed. The passage is one of the most diverse sections of the Palmetto Trail, traversing a variety of landscapes, from near mountainous terrain down to a magnificent river swamp. After two miles, the trail begins the ascent to the "High Hills of Santee," which is one of the highest elevations in Sumter County. The High Hills provides spectacular vistas of the swamp and Richland County.
Length: 7.2 miles; ends at Wateree River
Use: Hiking and mountain biking
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Fees: Bikers must have permit from SC Forestry Commission
Directions: See page 2 of map pdf
Updated Directions to Campbell Creek Rd. Parking
Area: From US 378 near Sumter, take SC 261 south
through Wedgefield a little over 8 miles. Turn right onto
Headquarters Rd. at the Manchester State Forest sign.
That road will cross over River Rd and becomes a dirt/
loose gravel road. The first dirt road on the left is
Campbell Pond Rd. Take this road until you reach a wide
intersection with a locked yellow gate in front of you.
Park on the left hand side off of the roadway. Look for
the Palmetto Trail signs.
Additional Information: Manchester State Forest, 7640 Headquarters Road, Wedgefield, 29168 (803) 494-8196
Click here to view a full-sized Adobe Acrobat map of the Wateree Passage.