# 20 - Turkey Creek / Irishtown
4.2 miles, round-trip, out-and-back hike
Step into a dark, lush, green valley with
a swamp, picturesque cypress knees,
and mysterious sites around every new
corner. This family adventure follows the
Turkey Creek valley with its countless twists
and turns through the forest. Slow down and
look around. This area is home to barred owls,
deer and prothonotary warblers. The path
-through this bottomland is well marked and
-easy to follow. It is part of the Swamp Fox
-Passage of the Palmetto Trail.
Distance: 4.2 miles, round-trip, out-and-back hike.
Time: 1.5 - 2 hours.
Trail Surface: Dirt and pine covered, boardwalk bridge and raised boards over wet/muddy areas.
Trail Marker: White and blue blazes on trees, and good signage on the trail.
Precautions: Biting insects can be formidable in the warmer months. Bring insect repellent. This area is wet
nearly year-round. Even though there are raised boards over some of the muddier sections, you might still
get your shoes wet/muddy. IMPORTANT: Hikers must yield to horseback riders. Step off the trail and stop!
It's advised to wear "hunter's orange" or other bright colored clothing during hunting season.
Irishtown Rd. Trailhead / Beginning of Hike: Irishtown Rd., Huger, SC 29450. GPS: 33.126473, -79.775923 or
33°07'35.3"N 79°46'33.3"W. Note: the GPS coordinates are the best find to locate the trailhead.
Conifer Rd. Trailhead / End of Hiking Route / Turn-Around Point: Conifer Rd., Huger, SC 29450. GPS: 33.123263, -79.753084 or 33°07'23.8"N 79°45'11.1"W.
Contacts: Francis Marion National Forest 843-336-2200. Palmetto Trail 843-359-8775 or 803-771-0590.