About the Awendaw Passage
Awendaw Passage is the coastal terminus of the mountains-to-sea Palmetto Trail. The Trail’s namesake trees greet users at the Buck Hall Recreation Area trailhead. Starting at the Intracoastal Waterway, the Trail meanders westward through maritime forest and offers sweeping vistas of Lowcountry salt marsh along Awendaw Creek. At Walnut Grove, look for a scenic overlook and boardwalk. A canoe launch for Awendaw Creek is located at the end of Rosa Green Road.
Fees apply at Buck Hall Recreation Area:
- Day-use parking, $5/day/vehicle
- Annual parking permit, $25/year
- Tent camping, $15/night
- RV camping, $20/night
Buck Hall (eastern) Trailhead—From Charleston, drive north on US Hwy 17 about 30 miles to Buck Hall Landing Road (Forest Service Rd 242). Entrance sign to Buck Hall is on right side of highway. Turn right (east) and drive 0.5 mile to trailhead and parking on the left.
Steed Creek (western) Trailhead—From Charleston, drive north on US Hwy 17 about 27 miles to intersection with Steed Creek Road (SC 1032) on left (west) side of highway. Trailhead and parking are a quarter mile past Steed Creek Road. To access, drive to next crossover, make a U-turn, and continue back to parking on right.
- Restrooms are available at Buck Hall Landing.
- Sewee Outpost on Hwy 17 offers a good lunch and an amazing selection of outdoor accessories.
- Awendaw Passage connects with Swamp Fox Passage at the Steed Creek trailhead.
USDA Forest Service, Francis Marion Ranger District, 2967 Steed Creek Rd, Huger, SC 29450. Open 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Ph (843) 336-3248, or visit fs.fed.us/r8/fms/
Sewee Visitor & Environmental Education Center, 5821 Hwy 17 N, Awendaw, SC 29429, ph (843) 928-3368
Awendaw Passage Share Owners
Ruth & Randy Abercrombie
AmeriCorps NCCC Southeast Campus Staff
Joe Calandra, MD
Jim Dalton Jr, MD
Lance Davis, MD
John & Sandra Dent
Jon DeVries, MD
Rodger & Wendy Dicks
Stephen & Cynthia Haynsworth Family
John Hulvey Jr, MD
Daniel A. Hunnicutt
Richard & Laurel Johnson
Chris Kestner, MD
Margaret Pegues Kinney
Seth Kupferman, MD
John & Kristie Lee
Mr. & Mrs. Michael McGill
George Pappas, MD
Ken & Suzanne Tidwell
Semone Wagner & Bob Boland
Maurice Williams Jr.