About the Eastatoe Passage
Help Re-connect the Eastatoe Passage
The 4.6 mile Eastatoe Passage of the Palmetto Trail opened in late 2018. This critical passage takes us one step closer to connecting the entire upstate and being able to #ConnectTheTrail!
Unfortunately, the two fiberglass bridges on the Eastatoe Passage were damaged during a record setting flash flood in April of 2019 and are beyond repair. The goal is to replace the bridges with two new suspension bridges that allow for the rise of river throughout the year.
Let’s Re-Connect Eastatoe!
Your donation will go DIRECTLY towards replacing the bridges along the Eastatoe Passage!
About the Eastatoe Passage:
The Eastatoe Passage offers a perfect walk in the woods — picturesque views and just strenuous enough. The passage travels along Eastatoe Creek upstream from Lake Keowee and climbs through mountain forest in the acclaimed Jocassee Gorges with its abundance of flowers, birds and wildlife.
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.Get the Map
Roy F Jones Road Parking Area
Take US-178 at exit 21 from I-85 to Pickens, SC. Continue on US-178. Take left on WJones Avenue and continue through first stop sign where road name changes to Reece Mill Road.
Take Reece Mill Road to Shady Grove Road. Continue on Shady Grove Road to first stop sign. Turn right on Little Eastatoee Road.
Continue to SC-11 and go 1.3 miles to Dug Mountain Fishing Access on the right after the bridge. The trailhead is down beside the Eastatoe Creek
Keowee-Toxaway State Park
Natural Bridge/Raven Rock/ Eastatoe Passage Trailhead Parking
From I-85, Exit (21)
Take US-178 at exit 21 from I-85 to Pickens, SC. Continue on US-178. Take left on W Jones Avenue and continue through first stop sign where road name changes to Reece Mill Road. Take Reece Mill Road to Shady Grove Road.
Continue on Shady Grove Road to Crowe Creek Road. Turn right on Crowe Creek Road and go to SC-11. Turn left on SC-11 for 0.1 miles to Park entrance. Turn right onto Cabin Rd for 0.1 miles.
Turn right into the Keowee-Toxaway Visitor Center parking area. The Natural Bridge/Raven Rock/Eastatoe Passage trailhead is near the Visitor Center/Park Office.
This is a HIKING ONLY trail. No motor vehicles, bicycles, or horses allowed.