Palmetto Trail-Enoree Passage
Difficulty - Moderate
Distance - 36 miles total
Description - Enoree Passage is 36 continuous Trail miles through Sumter National Forest, linking Newberry, Laurens, and Union counties. The southern trailhead is located at the end of Forest Service Road 379 (Chandler Road) off Old Whitmire Road (SR 81). The Palmetto Trail winds 4 miles through pine ridges and hardwood bottomlands, and crosses Gilders Creek and Indian Creek before joining Buncombe Horse Trail. From the 10 miles to Brick House Campground, hikers and bicyclists share the Trail with equestrians.
Buncombe trailhead for equestrians is located at Brick House Recreation Area (mile 14) and accessed from SC 66. Heading north, the Trail meanders through some of the most diverse habitats located in the Enoree Ranger District, including a beaver pond, numerous hardwood drains, and the Enoree River corridor. Take a break on the 80-foot bridge for superb views of the river, and stop to fish in Macedonia, Sedalia, and John’s Creek lakes on the way to the northern trailhead at Sedalia Campground. You can see more on the Palmetto Trail website.