May 31 - June 2
Join Palmetto Conservation Foundation
(PCF) at Poinsett State Park to celebrate National Trails Day on
the Palmetto Trail. Family-friendly activities
include guided hikes, bike rides, kayaking, camping, a night
hike and campfires with S'mores. This event is free and includes
all activities, a campsite and meals.
Register for the whole weekend or just join us for the day on
Saturday. Either way, there will be plenty of fun and adventure
for the whole family. Poinsett State Park, known as the
mountains of the midlands, is one of the most unique parks in
South Carolina, with a variety of ecosystems and recreational
opportunities. PCF staff, volunteers and park rangers will be on
hand to guide the morning hikes, kayaking, camp set-up and
evening activities. Midlands SORBA will be leading the afternoon
bike rides along with Brian Curran and staff from Outspokin'
Please Note: Registration for PCF members opens
April 15th. General registration opens April 22nd.
Friday, May 31
Check-in and set-up camp
Saturday, June 1
a.m. Check-in continues
Depart for guided hikes
Kayaking and Swimming opens
p.m. Lunch, games and activities for kids
Depart for afternoon bike rides
Campfire & S'mores
p.m. Night Hike with owl calls and spider sniffing
Sunday, June 2
Breakfast and breakdown/clean-up
Guided Hike Descriptions
(Coquina Trail, 1.5 miles)
Put on your shoes, fill up
your water bottle, and join one of Poinsett’s rangers for a
fun-filled 1.5-mile hike around Poinsett State Park's Lake on
the Coquina Trail. Hikers will walk up and down and all around
this section of the High Hills of Santee Passage of the Palmetto
Trail. The hike will move at an easy pace while participants
learn about the plants and trees on and around the trail.
Participants will also learn about Coquina, a kind of
sedimentary rock, and its significance to the park.
Intermediate Hike (Multiple trails, 4 miles)
Hit the trail for a 4-mile
intermediate hike through some of the most beautiful and
undiscovered sections of Poinsett State Park. Participants will
follow the Coquina Trail, the Hilltop Trail, the Knot Trail and
the Splice Trail for an invigorating morning walk. Hikers will
travel from lowland, swampy areas to tall mountainous bluffs
during this trek. Come discover Poinsett’s diverse beauty and
enjoy what each trail has to offer.
(Wateree Passage of the Palmetto Trail, 7 miles)
Join a local historian for a
hike on the Wateree Passage of the Palmetto Trail. The
trail crosses through Manchester State Forest and along the old
SC Railroad before ending at the Wateree River. This passage is
one of the most diverse sections of the Palmetto Trail,
traversing a variety of landscapes, from near mountainous
terrain down to a magnificent river swamp. After two miles, the
trail begins the ascent to the High Hills of Santee at one of
the highest elevations in Sumter County. The High Hills provide
spectacular vistas of the swamp and Richland County. Learn
about the nearby battles of the Civil War and the variety of
trees and plants along the trail for a perfect blend of natural
Bike Ride Descriptions
Trail, 2 miles)
Hop on your bike and ready
the pedals for a nice easy ride on part of the Palmetto Trail
and Poinsett State Park Scout Trail. Enjoy a scenic 2-mile ride
that will take riders on a double-track trail and then a bit of
pavement for smooth travel. This route is perfect for families
with younger children or anyone who prefers an easier cruise.
Passage, 6 to 8 miles)
Those looking for a bit more of a
challenge with some moderate climbs and a few twists and turns
are sure to enjoy this ride along the Wateree Passage. Riders
will begin along a dirt road, climb to a mountain ridge, and
finally head back down to the old South Carolina Railroad bed.
Participants will cross a number of scenic trestles offering
pretty views as they ride through the wetland swamp towards the
Advanced (The Knot
Trail, 6 miles)
Take a turn pedaling the most
mountainous terrain south of the NC border! Riders will join
experienced guides from Midlands SORBA for a fast and exciting
afternoon as they try to tame the Knot Trail. This ride is
recommended for advanced cyclists due to steep climbs and
Camping is included in this free weekend
event. We will be utilizing the primitive group camping area at
Poinsett State Park. This large open space has plenty of room
for each group/family to set up their own tent. There are
restroom facilities located in the group camping area. Showers
are available in the adjacent camping area.
There are no electric hook-ups in the
group camping area. If you wish to have a campsite with
electricity, you can call the park's reservation hotline
1-866-345-PARK or go
online to reserve and pay for a site with electric
We have a limited number of tents and
sleeping bags/pads available for use. If you need to borrow
gear, please call our office for more details (803)771-0870.
Dinner on Friday will include
hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, fruit, and dessert
Breakfast on Saturday will be
cooked by a local boy scout troop, dutch oven style.
Lunch on Saturday will be a
picnic style lunch with a variety of sandwiches and sides.
Dinner on Saturday will
include a full BBQ feast with all the fixings.
Sunday breakfast will be a
simple and easy continental style breakfast.
*The menu is
subject to change. Updates will be posted on the event website.
What to Bring
If you are camping
for the weekend:
If you are coming for the day on Saturday:
Contact Kari Hanna:
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