“A hike following the Palmetto Trail (Swamp Fox Passage) heading north from the Halfway Creek Rd. parking area.”
— Corey Holt
Spring · Wildlife
This route uses a section of the Palmetto Trail (Swamp Fox Passage) with easy parking, easy hiking, and beautiful low country scenery. The section after crossing North Hampton Rd. has Carolina bays and some slight elevation gain.
Start from the primitive campground on Halfway Creek Rd (near the intersection with Steed Creek Rd). From the campground, head right on the Palmetto Trail. You'll be placed back on Halfway Creek Rd at around mile three, there is another parking area here which is rarely busy.
Cross the road and hop back onto the trail. You should see a campsite about 3/4 of a mile in. After the long straightaway, turn left and follow the trail to a gravel (currently washed away) road. Head right for 100m or so and the trail will pick up on the left.
Due to the nature of the area, some parts of the trail, especially the further you get in, can become pretty water-logged after a rain. Also, due to the lack of use on these trails, spider webs and maintenance issues can make the hike a little more tedious/adventuresome than other routes in the area. Due to hunting Monday-Saturday, the best hiking here is on Sunday.
Check out the Palmetto Trail website for updated maps of this areaPalmetto Conservation - Palmetto Trail
Flora & Fauna
Turkey, deer, coyote.