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 # 11 - Bicycle the Swamp 
-Fox Passage 
-Palmetto Trail 

 Rated: Very Strenuous, if biking entire distance 
 48 miles, one-way 


 Bike the longest section of the cross-state Palmetto 

 Trail. This passage begins at HWY-52 in Bonneau 

 and ends at HWY-17 near Awendaw. Nearly 40 

 miles of the Swamp Fox passage is located in 

 Berkeley County! You'll pass through a variety of 

 ecosystems in the Francis Marion National Forest, 

 including bottomland/swamp habitats, long-leaf 

 pine forests, and tall grass savannas. If you're 

 quiet in the morning, you're almost guaranteed to 

 see white tailed deer. Barred owls can be heard 
-throughout the forest year round. 


Palmetto Trail's Information on the Swamp Fox Passage:  Click HERE


Difficulty:  Strenuous, if biking the entire distance.

Distance:  48 miles, one-way, total passage length.

Time:  20 - 30 hours for entire passage. Note: the distance may not seem long, however, there is difficult

mixed terrain including single track with roots, stumps, and holes, double-track, forest service roads

and gravel.

IMPORTANT: This ride is best suited as multi-day bikepacking trip, allowing 2 - 3 full days to complete.

Trail Surface:  Dirt, pine covered, raised boardwalks, planks, bridges and bottomland/wet sections.

Trail Marker:  White blazes on trees, and good signage on the trail.

Bike Type:  Mountain/trail bikes with minimum 2.0" knobby tires. This trail has obstacles, roots, water

and holes that can make it strenuous and a very bumpy ride. 

Crowds:  Light during the week; you'll see others on the weekend.

Fees/Permits:  None.

Precautions:  Biting insects can be formidable in warmer months. Bring insect repellent. It's advised to

wear "hunter's orange" or other bright colored clothing during hunting season.

HWY-52 Trailhead:  N. US HWY-52, Bonneau, SC 29431. GPS: 33.278472, -79.962444 or 33°16'42.5"N 79°57'44.8"W.

HWY-17 Trailhead:  7476 US-17, McClellanville, SC 29458. GPS: 33.037361, -79.617472 or 33°02'14.5"N 79°37'02.9"W

Contacts: Francis Marion National Forest 843-336-2200. Palmetto Trail 843-359-8775 or 803-771-0590.

So Much History Nearby: Did you know Berkeley County has more than 110 historical markers and historical points of interest? CLICK HERE to find your Adventures in History!

Weather on the Trail:  Click HERE


Try Our Favorite Swamp Fox Passage Day Routes**

Wadboo Swamp            Little Hellhole Swamp


   Canady Wetlands            Turkey Creek / Irishtown  

  **The routes are found under the Berkeley Walkways program, however, they all make great bicycle rides!


  Swamp Fox Passage PHOTO GALLERY  

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