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Level: Beginner
Length: 7 mi (11.3 km)
Surface: Other
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +1,612/ -2,089 ft
Total: 14 riders

Mountain Biking Wateree Passage Of The Palmetto Trail

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#61 of 114 mountain bike trails in South Carolina
#4,608 in the world

You will find a bit of everything during your hike or ride on this easy to moderate trail. Follow the yellow blazes through a diverse area of swamp and almost mountainous terrain. Although, the ascent is only to approximately 230 feet, it’s the highest point in the area and provides a spectacular view. When you cross each of the eight trestles, stop and take in the view. As you pass under towering hardwoods and cypress trees you may be treated to a large variety of animals and birds. Some flowering plants normally only found in the mountains may also be seen here.

First added by jaybird57 on Oct 24, 2009. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
To the Poinsett State Park trailhead
From US 378 near Sumter, drive south on SC 261 for 10.0 miles, turn right onto State Park Road, and drive 2.7 miles to the lake. A kiosk at the park office marks the trailheads of the Wateree and High Hills Passages.

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  • C-Lo

    I only rode the single track part of this trail. I was nice but short.

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  • jaybird57

    One of the nicer sections of the Palmetto Trail. Trail has an abundance of wildlife from wild turkey, pileated woodpeckers, owls, fox, etc. Trail alternates between a swampy bottomland ecosystem to a nearly mountain type ecosystem w/ some nice vistas. IMO, the best time to ride this trail is in the spring or fall when you'll find dogwoods blooming & wildflowers for the former & blazes of orange, red & yellow for the latter. The trail is a combination of singletrack & doubletrack w/ nothing particularly technical about it. The ride on the old railroad bed across the eight trestles is very nice & isolated & gives the rider the impression that he/she is on safari. Total distance is >14 miles & is definitely worth it if you're looking for a no frills trail w/ an abundance of scenery & wildlife!* Review edited 10/24/2009

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