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Hiking The Palmetto Trail

Updated on September 19, 2011

On May 15, 2010, I began the pursuit of a goal that I decided upon some months earlier. This goal was to hike the Palmetto Trail. In my younger days, I often thought it would be neat to hike the Appalachian Trail. However, as a working mother and wife that hardly seems possible right now given that the Appalachian Trail runs from Maine to Georgia. I know I don't have the time right now and I might not have the endurance for the Appalachian Trail either. Of course, maybe I'll be able to see the Appalachian Trail as a possibility if I can handle the Palmetto Trail. The nice part about the Palmetto Trail is that I can hike it in segments. So, I will do it this time in segments and then maybe if I have time I will start at one end and go to the other on an extended vacation. After that, who knows, maybe the Appalachian Trail!

Hiking the Palmetto Trail is something that I would like for my sons to do with me. I don't mean that I want just the two of them to hike with me as I want others to go as well. Really, anybody that would like to go is welcome as far as I am concerned. However, I do want them to be there more often than not. To that end, I decided that I needed to see how my youngest (now 12, 11 at the time of the first segment hiked) would handle a hike that would last a few hours. For this reason, the Capital City Passage seemed like the place to start. We would be close to home (Columbia, SC) and could call for help if needed!

So, my next hub regarding the Palmetto Trail will cover the first segment hiked - the Capital City Passage. I plan to keep hiking and keep creating hubs about the segments so stay tuned. If this hub or any of the others that follow pique your interest in the trail, I have included a map of the trail for you to take a look at.


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      Michelle 5 years ago

      I have the same goal to complete the Palmetto Trail. We went with the boyscouts and some of the Swamp Fox Passage. Beware this is swamp, if it has rained a lot you will need lots of extra socks and mosquito nets! It is beautiful also a great place to kayak or raft for a mild ride. We also did the completed the Moultrie Passage. We went last year in the spring. There is no shade due to walking in the dike. Very hot by midday, its better to go on an overcast day or ride bikes. The primitive camping is in shade and full of mosquitos! Even though there was some miseries it was great and do not regret it going and I am up for completing the Swamp Fox and Awendaw Passage this summer! Have fun and it is a great goal!!!