# 19 - Little Hellhole Swamp
Rated: Easy or Moderate
2.2 - 6.6 miles, round-trip, out-and-back hike
Take a quiet hike through a longleaf pine forest,
traverse the namesake bottomland/swamp habitat,
visit a retired ranger station with fire tower, all while
hiking the state's most famous trail - the Palmetto
Trail. Part of the Swamp Fox Passage, this easy
walk guarantees a good bit of solitude. If you're
in the early morning, you might see a family of
deer or a red shouldered hawk.
Difficulty: Easy or Moderate (only due to distance).
Distance: 2.2 - 6.6 miles (options when hiking), round-trip, out-and-back hike.
Time: 2 - 3 hours.
Trail Surface: Dirt and pine covered.
Trail Marker: White blazes on trees, and good signage on the trail.
Trail Map (by Palmetto Trail): Click HERE (this route follows markers 29 to 33).
Crowds: Very light. You're almost guaranteed to be alone. You may see others on the weekend.
Precautions: Biting insects can be formidable in the warmer months. Bring insect repellent. It's advised to wear "hunter's orange" or other bright colored clothing during hunting season.
Parking: Witherbee Ranger Station. Witherbee Rd., Cordesville, SC 29434. Google Maps recognizes "Witherbee Ranger Station" and will take you to the trailhead parking.
GPS Coordinates Parking Lot: 33.162406, -79.829825 or 33°09'44.7"N 79°49'47.4"W
Contacts: Francis Marion National Forest 843-336-2200. Palmetto Trail 843-359-8775 or 803-771-0590.
Weather on the Trail: Click HERE