Awendaw Passage/Palmetto Trail

The Palmetto Trail now extends to the Intracoastal Waterway. In 2003, a seven-mile trail was opened, extending the trail from the Buck Hall Recreation Area in McClellanville to the Swamp Fox Trailhead on Highway 17. The Awendaw Passage of the Palmetto Trail provides both hikers and bike riders with a gateway to the maritime forests and pine ridges of the low country as well as linking to 47 miles of the Swamp Fox Passage which traverses the entire forest.  Both these passages are part of the statewide Palmetto Trail and its 425 miles of trail.This trail can be accessed from either the Buck Hall Recreation Area, the Awendaw Canoe Launch Trailhead or the Swamp Fox Trailhead.

Click here for a printable guide and vicinity map.

Click here for more detailed maps by trail section courtesy of the Palmetto Conservation website.

At a Glance

Fees: $7 parking fee applies at Buck Hall
Open Season: All year
Best Season: Fall, winter, spring
Restrictions: During temperate months, be prepared for biting insects and high temperatures. Be aware of big game hunting seasons, and wear highly visible clothing.

General Information


To access from Buck Hall Recreation Area, from Charleston, take US Highway 17 North to Buck Hall Landing Road (FS 242). Turn right to the recreation area. Buck Hall is about 30 miles north of Charleston.To access from from Awendaw Canoe Launch Trailhead, from Charleston, take US Highway 17 North to Rosa Green Road. Turn right on Rosa Green Road. The trailhead is on the left where the paved road ends.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

Difficulty Level: Easy

Day Hiking


Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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7 miles

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