About the Peak to Prosperity Passage







NOTICE: During this time, there has been a surge of Trail usage in our state. The Peak to Prosperity Passage remains open, but we ask that all Trail users respect the private property of the surrounding areas and park only in the designated parking areas. Do not cross private gates or park along the road. Thank You

The Peak to Prosperity Passage proceeds west from the Alston trailhead in Fairfield County across the impressive Broad River trestle. The view from the 1,100-foot-long bridge is spectacular, especially when bald eagles soar. Across the river in Newberry County, the rail-trail skirts Peak and cuts an easy swath through piedmont forest to Pomaria and Prosperity. Along the passage, 14 wooden trestles span the meandering Crims Creek where German immigrants settled in the 1730s. The area is known as the Dutch Fork.

Check out the smart/cell phone tour while hiking to learn more about the Dutch Fork’s history and wildlife.

Using the railbanking process, Palmetto Conservation purchased the 11-mile, 200-foot wide right-of-way for the passage from Norfolk Southern Railroad. Thanks to SC Parks, Recreation & Tourism for funds to convert the river trestle to a passage treadway, and to Fairfield County for funds to develop the Alston trailhead park.

The first 6.5 miles of the passage were opened in 2009 after two volunteers, Charles Weber and Furman Miller, cleared and decked eight trestles. A grant from SCPRT allowed the team to deck and add handrails to the 1,100-foot-long bridge over the Broad River.

No horseback riding; no motorized vehicles.


Alston Trailhead: From Columbia: I-26, exit 97, take US 176 west 11 miles; turn east on SC 213; drive 3.1 miles, turn right onto Alston Road (1st road after the bridge); road changes to unpaved, take right fork, cross RR track and go under the trestle; parking is on the left at the top.

From Spartanburg: I-26, exit 82, take 773 to Pomaria, east on US 176 to SC 213; turn east on 213; follow directions above.

Hope Station Trailhead: From Columbia: I-26, exit 97, take US 176 west 11.1 miles; turn right onto Hope Station Road; drive 1.3 miles to the Trail day-use parking area on the left.

Pomaria Trailhead: From Columbia, I-26, exit 85, take SC 202 east to US 176, turn left and drive into Pomaria, turn right on Angella Street beside Wilson’s grocery; parking is behind the kiosk.


The Alston trailhead park provides parking, picnicking, camping, and canoe access on the Broad River.

3 night maximum for camping.


  1. Sturdy hiking shoes/boots are recommended for the rocky rail-trail.
  2. For the best hamburgers on the Palmetto Trail, stop in at Wilson’s Grocery, just yards from the Trail in Pomaria.
  3. Stop and rest at the Jeffrey Paul Breu memorial on the west end of the Broad River trestle.

Additional Information

Guided audio tour of the Peak to Prosperity Passage

Peak to Prosperity Passage Share Owners

In Honor of Robert Adams, VI

Mark & Kris Abell

Dianne Bartz

Paul Behles
Mark Berg

Bobby & Mandy Bloom
Hamilton Bogan
Ken Bogan
Matt Bregenzer

Cheyenna Brown

David & Kelly Buckshorn

Thomas Callan
Susan Carter

Davie Coker

Sonny Chunn
Alex Cullum
Maggie Cullum
Sara Cullum
Shelley & Kevin Cullum
Melissa Davis
Parker Davis
Rachel Jean Davis

Virginia Bennett Evers
Susan Coleman Fedor
Charlotte Foster
Brantley & Allison Free
Girl Walkers & Friends
Harry & Pam Girtman

Sharon Givens
Cravens Godbold
Janie & Jack Godbold
Mark & Georgia Goodwin
Derrick K. Herbst
Hiker Hickman
Amy Coleman Hilton
Bradley S. Hilton
Ken R. Hilton
Hayne Hipp

Robert C. & Linda D. Hochstetler Family

C. Todd Hughey

Missy Hunnicutt

Matthew Hooper
Ben Hornsby
Michael Joseph Huneau

James Hyman

Gregg Jowers, Jr.
William Kelly III

Marilyn G. King
Debi Hilton Kittle
Floyd “Lucky” Kittle

Sumeer & Megha Lal

Ann Lawrence
Larry Leslie

Alston Lippert

J.T. Martin
Sam McCuen
Mike McEntire
Rick & Maureen Mendoza
Jan Merling

Jim Mixson

Ken & Laine Orcutt
Caroline Overcash
Noah Overcash

Carolyn G. Porter

Jennifer Price

John Price

Evan Price
Cravens & Sandra Ravenel

Angela Self

Tonya Stamey
Robin Redding
Sidney and Ben Rex
Preston Rivers
Ashley Rivers
Paul Shealy
Kathi Sill
Tony & Kristin Taffar

Brian Teusink
Beth White
Will White

Lisa P. White
Patrick Alan Young
Elizabeth Zeck

South Carolina Society Children of the American Revolution

University of South Carolina Chapter DAR

Johanna Valenzuela