About the Awendaw Passage









Due to the land being sold and development the trail was routed down US-17 to Rosa Green Rd. Please use US-17 and Rosa Green Road. It NO LONGER goes down Sam Thompson Road. 


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.

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No motor vehicles or equestrians.

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

Interactive Maps Without Wifi

We have partnered with Avenza Maps in order to offer interactive maps that don't require an internet connection. Using the Avenza App, you can download maps onto your mobile device before you hit the trail, so that you locate yourself and be aware of where you are, even in the remotest of places. Offline location helps you stay on track, on the trail, and out of potential danger.

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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.

Additional Information

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) 336-2200, 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

Girl Scout Troop 723

Ruth & Randy Abercrombie
AmeriCorps NCCC Southeast Campus Staff
Anderson Family
Joe Calandra, MD

Blase, Tiffany & Monroe Creech
Erin Dahlin
Jim Dalton Jr, MD
Lance Davis, MD
John & Sandra Dent
Jon DeVries, MD
Rodger & Wendy Dicks
Jack Donley
LoAnn Donley
Henry Fair
Mollie Fair
Stephen & Cynthia Haynsworth Family

Wilson & Julie Gatreaux
Peggy Greaves
Chad Haffa
John Hulvey Jr, MD
Daniel A. Hunnicutt
Richard & Laurel Johnson
Chris Kestner, MD
Margaret Pegues Kinney
Seth Kupferman, MD
John & Kristie Lee
Ronald McConnell
Mr. & Mrs. Michael McGill

Daniel Mcnamee
Marcie Milner
Michele Milner
Hope Mizzell

David & Elizabeth Moffly

In Memory of Patrick Moffly
George Pappas, MD
Robert Peterson
David Quick
Eddie Shepard
Douglas Snowberger
Betsy Spahr
Ashley Stepp
Mark Rutledge

Ken & Suzanne Tidwell

Ken & Anne Tidwell
Betsy Veronee
Charles Veronee
Semone Wagner & Bob Boland
Bud Williams
Ethan Williams
Maurice Williams Jr.

South Carolina Society Children of the American Revolution