The Midlands and Upstate Experience
The Palmetto Trail
Beginning in Oconee State Park in the Upstate and ending along the coast just north of Charleston, the Palmetto Trail is the perfect way to travel the state on foot or by mountain bike. Marked for travel in both directions by way of standard trail blazes and occasional signs, the route spans 425 miles of South Carolina's natural resources. That mileage is broken into more than 20 passages that vary in length from a short 7-mile section to a multiday hike that's roughly 50 miles. The trail winds through state parks and national forests and past Revolutionary War battlefields—all with glorious views.
Palmetto Conservation. The best place to begin your Palmetto Trail journey is at the Palmetto Conservation's main office in downtown Columbia. Guided hikes on some of the Midlands' passages are offered on a weekly basis, as are children's weekly trailblazer programs. They also have an entire facility dedicated to outdoor recreation at the Glendale Outdoor Leadership School in Spartanburg. 722 King Street, Columbia, SC, 29205. 803/771–0870. www.palmettoconservation.org.
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