Swamp Fox Passage

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Summary

At a good pace, this is one of the best long weekend backpacking trips you can take in the entire state.

Written by

Logan Waddell

Destination Distance From Downtown

24.9 miles

Difficulty

3 of 5 diamonds

3

Time To Complete

3 to 4 days

Seasonality

Year-Round

Dog Friendly

Yes

Fees Permits

No

Land Website

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Review

The Swamp Fox Passage, named after the cunning General Francis Marion, is the longest section of the Palmetto Trail, a cross-state system of trails that begin in the lowcountry and end upstate. This particular section is 47 miles long and is the only portion of the Palmetto Trail where you can hike through every type of ecosystem the trail winds through. At a good pace, this is one of the best long weekend backpacking trips you can take in the entire state, and the trail head is right here in the lowcountry. You will hike well-maintained, compacted trails and enjoy watching the sun go down over the marsh on this section of the PT. The trail head is along U.S. Highway 17 in Awendaw, where parking is available; though if you plan on completing the whole section you might want to have someone drop you off rather than leave your vehicle. This trail is among the best and most beautiful in the lowcountry, a must see while you are in town.

Location

Swamp Fox Passage

Charleston, SC,
33.037217, -79.617343

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