Wednesday, January 2, 2013

hike, bike or run the palmetto trail

We hiked along the Palmetto Trail twice over the last two weeks, and I have to tell you it is peaceful, beautiful, and a great Lowcountry spot to roam free. The trail head is located roughly 30 minutes drive from the IOP Connector up Highway 17, North of Awendaw. The entrance is well marked at Buck Hall directly off Highway 17 as you head toward Myrtle Beach.

The map above gives you an idea of the lay of the land, but we found this map and carried it with us for a bit more detail. It was a great way to engage the children in map reading and encouraged them to follow the legend and lead the way.

There are trail marks on the trees to follow like this one...

This is a fantastic trail for walking your dog...

PMK tip- check for ticks immediately after activity on the trail. We pulled two off Winston after a two hour hike.

There are no amenities here, so pack drinks and snacks. It's also a good idea to take a first aid kit and leave some dry clothes in the car. One of the three picured here fell off this dock into the pluff mud! There are lots of bridges and chances to get a bit muddy...

Established by the Palmetto Conservation in 1994, the trail is a work in progress to connect passages of trails together for biking and hiking across the state of South Carolina. I loved the deep bed of pine needles that coat the path and make it ideal for walking or running.

The Sewee Outpost is nearby for drinks and food, restrooms, and gas.
Park Fee: $5 per car

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