South Carolina’s premier cross-state trail system will remain open during the COVID-19 time period.
This will allow individuals and families to get outside along their local portion of the Palmetto Trail to focus on stress relief, outdoor education and overall well being during this time.
The Palmetto Conservation Foundation office will be closed, as per the governor’s executive order for South Carolina, but the Trail itself will remain open. All Trail users should adhere to the 6ft. social distancing order, park only in designated parking areas and practice sensible trail etiquette. Please do not cross any areas with gates, as these are private properties.
The Palmetto Trail consists of 370 miles of paths across the state. We ask that all users select passages that are closest to their homes or branch out to some of the less populated passages. Free maps can be found by going to www.palmettoconservation.org and many of the maps can now be found on the mobile app Avenza. Go to www.avenzamaps.com or find it in the app store.
“We encourage everyone to get out and get local on the Palmetto Trail. Nature helps us reconnect during times of separation. And we are proud to be able to offer that connection.” said Executive Director Mary Roe.
About the Palmetto Trail:
The Palmetto Trail inspires active, healthy living. It showcases the state’s diverse natural beauty, fascinating history, and rich cultural heritage. When finished, it will stretch 500-miles across 14 counties from Walhalla in Oconee County to Awendaw in Charleston County. PCF has constructed 29 passages and 370 miles of public hiking-biking trail. The Palmetto Trail is South Carolina’s premier hiking and biking experience. It protects wildlife habitats while providing public access for active, nonmotorized outdoor recreation.
About Palmetto Conservation Foundation:
The mission of Palmetto Conservation Foundation (PCF) is to conserve South Carolina’s natural and cultural resources. They strive to promote active outdoor recreation on trails and greenways. Founded in 1989, PCF is a statewide nonprofit organization with headquarters in Columbia. PCF’s largest and best-known project is building and maintaining the mountains-to-sea. In 2016, PCF inaugurated the Palmetto Conservation Corps to help interested young adults learn skills in maintenance and construction. Youths assist FEMA and state agencies with disaster recovery, and develop as the next generation of conservation stewards and leaders.
To learn more about Palmetto Conservation, the Palmetto Trail and the Palmetto Conservation Corps, visit www.palmettoconservation.org or call 803-771-0870.