About the Swamp Fox Passage
At 47 miles, the Swamp Fox Passage is the longest section of the cross-state Palmetto Trail. The passage traverses four distinct ecosystems through Francis Marion National Forest, including swamps made famous as hideouts of Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion. Mature long-leaf pine forests are home to the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker. Grassy savannas with abundant wildlife border Dog Swamp and Turkey Creek, and a cypress pool footbridge offers excellent views of the impressive Wadboo Swamp. Three trailheads provide users with options for one long trek or shorter day trips. Any access point makes for an enjoyable trip and diverse views.
NOTICE: There are only one water source on the Swamp Fox Passage. The Ranger Station off Steed Creek Road that is roughly 1.2 miles west of where Steed Creek Road crosses the trail between mile 13 and 14.
Steed Creek (eastern) Trailhead—From Charleston, drive north on US Hwy 17 about 27 miles to intersection with Steed Creek Road (S-10-1032) on left side of highway. Trailhead and parking are on left 0.25 mile past Steed Creek Road. To access, drive to next crossover, make a U-turn, and continue back to parking and trailhead, now on right.
Witherbee Ranger Station (middle) Trailhead—From Charleston, drive north on US Hwy 17 about 9 miles to SC 41. Turn left onto SC 41 and drive 17 miles. At Huger, bear left onto SC 402 and drive 3 miles. Turn right onto Copperhead Road (S-8-125) and drive 2 miles. Turn right onto Witherbee Road (S-8-171) and drive 0.5 mile to parking at Ranger Station on right.
Witherbee Ranger Station (middle) Trailhead—From Moncks Corner, take US Hwy 52 north to SC 402. Turn right and drive 3 miles to Witherbee Road (S-8-171). Turn left and drive 7 miles on Witherbee/Wright Road to parking at the Ranger Station on the right.
US Hwy 52 (western) Trailhead—From Moncks Corner, take US Hwy 52 north. Stay on US 52 about 3.8 miles past the split with US Hwy 17 Alt. Watch for the neon yellow hiker highway sign. The trailhead and parking are on the right.
Halfway Creek Camp Site—From Charleston, drive north on US Hwy 17 about 27 miles to Steed Creek Road (S-10-133). Turn left and drive 5 miles to Halfway Creek Road (S-10-98). Turn left and drive 0.5 mile to campground on left.
Camping is limited to designated areas. Primitive car camping is available at Halfway Creek, and several backcountry campsites are spaced along the Trail. Cutting live trees for firewood is prohibited.
- After Turkey Creek, the Swamp Fox Passage shares the Jericho Horse Trail, from mile marker 19 to 26 (map sections 2 and 3).
- The water source at Halfway Creek campsite, as shown on map section 1, has been removed.
- No water is available at the Witherbee Ranger Station trailhead, as shown on map section 3.
- No restrooms or water are available at the US Hwy 52 trailhead. The former Canal Recreation Area has been closed and decommissioned.
USDA Forest Service, Francis Marion Ranger District, 2967 Steed Creek Rd, Huger, SC 29450, ph (843) 336-3248
Sewee Visitor & Environmental Education Center, 5821 Hwy 17 N, Awendaw, SC 29429, ph (843) 928-3368
Swamp Fox Passage Share Owners
Boy Scout Pack 9212
Hal S. Currey
Bob & Jane Goble
Hayden S. Jacobs
Mr. & Mrs. J.H. McCombs
Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Norvell
Sidney and Ben Rex
Ashley T. Salmon
Emily & Tyler Smith
Rebecca & Wesley Smith
Mr. & Mrs. Evans Townsend
Mr. & Mrs. Allison Wilder
Mr. & Mrs. John Wilder
Mr. & Mrs. Leland Wilder