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Wateree Passage

WaterrThe 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.




The newest Palmetto Trail Mobile Tour is officially open on the Wateree Passage!
The Wateree Passage of the Palmetto Trail is now the latest passage to feature the Mobile Tour of the Palmetto Trail, after PCF piloted the program at Peak to Prosperity last fall.
wateree sign
This tour gives hikers the ability to explore the history, culture, flora, fauna and more that abounds on the trail as they scan or call a phone number on designated signs along the passage with their smartphone or other web-enabled device. The scan leads trail users to access points of interest along the trail through video, audio, and photographs. Those without web-enabled devices can still enjoy the tour through audio recordings by dialing the phone number listed on each sign. The tour is free, but your carrier's regular data and minute usage may apply.

In areas of poor cell phone reception, we recommend that tour users download the tour ahead of time
by clicking here. You can also check out the tour ahead of time on your desktop computer  by clicking here. Please note that currently iOS (Apple) users are not able to download the tour directly to their mobile devices. Rather,  iOS device users will need to download the tour on a desktop computer and then transfer the audio tour files to their phone or mobile device. This is a temporary issue which we are working now to correct, and will keep trail users updated through the newsletter, Facebook and our website.



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