A section of the Palmetto Trail in northern Greenville County is getting an upgrade thanks to $1 million in federal stimulus approved for the project in December by the S.C. State Fiscal Accountability Authority.
The Palmetto Trail is a state-spanning trail system that starts in Oconee County and stretches to the ocean in Charleston County.
According to Palmetto Trail Executive Director Mary Roe, the project will add up to 20 miles of trails in the Mountain Bridge Wilderness area near Jones Gap State Park. It will also add trailheads and access points as well as more parking to accommodate the 100,000 visitors who use the trail system every year.
Roe said the project in northern Greenville County is an important piece of building out the last 150 miles of the 500-mile trail system.
“We’re excited to have this significant funding to continue building the Palmetto Trail,” Roe said.
While the exact details of the project are still being finalized, Roe said initial work clearing areas for trails and trailheads is expected to begin within the next six months.
For information on the Palmetto Trail, including section maps, visit palmettoconservation.org/palmetto-trail.
Did you know?
- Palmetto Trail segments run anywhere from 1.3 miles to 47 miles long.
- The trail is open to hiking and backpacking and, in some areas, camping.
- You can’t bring motorized vehicles (like dirt bikes and four-wheelers) on the trail but you can ride a horse or mountain bike along certain stretches.