# 16 - Swamp Fox Passage
Rated: Easy if section or day hiked
**Rated Strenuous if thru-hiked**
48 miles, one-way
Hike 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.
Difficulty: Easy, if section hiked. Strenuous if thru-hiked.
Distance: 48 miles, total passage length.
Time: If through hiking this passage, most backpackers can complete in 3 nights/4 days.
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
Crowds: Light during the week; you'll see others on the weekend.
Precautions: Biting insects can be formidable in warmer months. Bring insect repellent.
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.
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