Route: Palmetto Trail: Swamp Fox Passage (SC)

Submitted by Levi Kaczka on Tue, 06/23/2020 - 04:18pm
South Carolina, US
47.2 mi
Vertical Gain
400 ft

The Swamp Fox Passage of the Palmetto Trail bisects the Francis Marion National Forest and is the longest unbroken section of the cross-state Palmetto Trail. At 47.2 miles, this trail takes runners through several distinct ecosystems in coastal South Carolina including swamps, long leaf pine forests, and grassy savannas. This trail goes through the heart of an area made famous by Francis Marion who played an integral part in the Revolutionary War as a general for the Continental Army. He used this area to hide from the British Army launching surprise attacks, earning the nickname Swamp Fox. What this trail lacks in the elevation and long views, it makes up in challenging terrain via roots, mud, and standing water, as well as oppressive heat and humidity in the summer months, and also gives runners the chance to experience the distinct ecosystems of the South Carolina lowcountry. Wildlife such as deer, wild hogs, numerous species of snakes, and even black bears may be encountered along the way. For more information on the Swamp Fox Passage, visit the website