Wear the Right Clothes
Appropriate footwear, socks, and clothing, including rain gear, go a long way towards a comfortable and enjoyable trek. A bandana is great for mopping off sweat, and a good hat and sunscreen will keep you for getting burned, even on cloudy days. The weatherman is not always right, so come prepared for unexpected weather and dress in layers to adjust to temperatures changes.
I never realized how much work and dedication are necessary to establish and maintain the Palmetto Trail. I thought the wonderful rock walls, steps, blow downs, blazes, and trail marking signs magically appeared, until I began working as a volunteer with Jim Majors…. My work on the Trail is a labor of love. It gives me a great sense of pride when passing hikers smile and tell me 'thank you.'
- Jim Kelly
Palmetto Conservation Upstate Trails Coordinator
LEAVE WHAT YOU FIND. The only souvenirs a hiker should come home with are photographs and happy memories. (And maybe an improved fitness level!)