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To foster an appreciation for South Carolina’s natural and cultural resources, providing opportunities for active recreation on the Palmetto Trail and other trail systems that can be enjoyed by all in South Carolina, regardless of gender, race, creed, age, or ability.

Fast Facts

  • Founded 1989
  • Statewide Organization
  • Nonprofit—501(c)(3)
  • Offices: Columbia
  • Best-known Project: The Palmetto Trail
  • Least-known Focus: Revolutionary War battlefield preservation and restoration (Cowpens)
  • Least-known Resource: PCF Press, publishing historical, educational, and recreational titles
  • Best Advocates: Our supporters and volunteers—Three Cheers!
  • Best Supporters: Our partners—corporate, foundation, government, and individual—Thank You!

Palmetto Conservation is

  • Conserving the natural environment while making it accessible
  • Providing an impressive recreational resource—the Palmetto Trail—while giving the public free access regardless of age, ability, or socioeconomic circumstance
  • Helping South Carolina communities grow and prosper while maintaining local character, preserving historic landmarks, and improving quality of life
  • Teaching conservation and preservation while helping people learn and practice outdoor skills
  • Instrumental in the collaboration of the Pacolet & Lawson’s Fork Blueway in Spartanburg. To learn more about our local blueways, contact Paddle SC at https://www.gopaddlesc.com/

‘Finish the Trail’ Campaign

  • Completed: More than 380 Trail miles in 14 counties
  • Goal: About 500 Trail miles that stretch in a continuous ribbon from the mountains to the sea (that is, from Walhalla in Oconee County to Awendaw in Charleston County)
  • Blueprint to Finish: Palmetto Trail Statewide Master Plan, unveiled in spring 2014—Thanks to the Boeing Company!
  • CLICK HERE to view the Palmetto Trail Statewide Master Plan

  • Estimated Cost to Finish: $20 million
  • Impact on Conservation: More than 20,000 acres preserved through land trusts and other formal agreements with public and private owners


Individual donations, grants, and tax-deductible gifts provide financial support for Palmetto Conservation, the Palmetto Trail, and other programs and projects. Click HERE to donate.


View our 2020-2021 Annual Report





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