About the Wateree Passage



Easy to Moderate




The Wateree Passage begins in Poinsett State Park and runs to the Wateree River, crossing through Manchester State Forest and traveling along the remnants of the old SC Railroad through Sumter Junction. The passage is one of the most diverse sections of the Palmetto Trail, traversing a variety of landscapes, from high hills down to a magnificent river swamp. After two miles, the trail climbs Molly’s Bluff (elevation 260 feet), one of the higher elevations in Sumter County. The bluff offers excellent vistas across Wateree swamp to Richland County.

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No motorized vehicles or equestrians.

Tent and RV campsites and cabins available (reservations required) at Poinsett State Park. Equestrian campground available outside Poinsett.


Poinsett State Park Trailhead: From Columbia or Sumter on US Hwy 378, turn south onto SC 261 and travel 10 miles, through Wedgefield, to Poinsett Park Road (S-43-63). Turn right (west) and drive to the park. Manchester State Forest offers free day-use parking on left of Poinsett Park Road just before entering Poinsett State Park. Continue into the park for day or overnight use. Find trailhead at park headquarters.

 Campbell Creek Road Parking Area: From US Hwy 378 near Sumter, take SC 261 south through Wedgefield a little over 8 miles. Turn right onto Headquarters Road at the Manchester State Forest sign. That road will cross over unpaved River Road and becomes a dirt/loose gravel road. The first dirt road on the left is Campbell Pond Road. Take this road until you reach a wide intersection with a locked yellow gate in front of you. Park on left off the road. Look for Palmetto Trail signs near the locked yellow gate.

Foxville Road Parking Area: From US Hwy 378, take SC 261 south, through Wedgefield, for 5.8 miles. Turn right onto Middleton Road opposite Orangehill Church. Drive 2.6 miles on paved, then unpaved road. When the road forks take the left fork and take the next left onto Foxville Road (unmarked). At 0.7 mile, take left fork and parking is available on the right next to the kiosk  (0.7 mile). Foxville Road may be deeply rutted in places and may not be suitable for vehicles with low clearance.  Once parked access the trail which is a short 10-15 steps in front of the parking area and go left to proceed down the trail. You will walk past a locked yellow gate with the parking lot off to your left and continue down the trail.



Tent and RV campsites and cabins available (reservations required) at Poinsett State Park. Equestrian campground available outside Poinsett.

Additional Information

Manchester State Forest, 7640 Headquarters Road, Wedgefield, SC 29168, ph (803) 494-8196.

Wateree Passage Share Owners

Deane Ackerman
Elaine Yates Ardis & Kelly E. Ardis, In Memory of Kevin W. Ardis
Carey Ayer
Snick & Cindy Barber
Kathryn Barton
Dr. Hans Brings
Wylie Caldwell
Beth Chukusky
Emily Chukusky
Michael Chukusky
Kristen Cutler
Diane Epstein
deHoll Family
Molly Driggers
Kay Dyar
Nikki Childress
Mr. & Mrs. Jimmy Gist, Sr.
Lyn Hamilton
Barton Hayward
Suellen Jones
Hope Mizzell
Robert Olson
Austin Page
Garland Page
Walker Pruett
Grace Rentiers
Judy Rivers
Betsy Spahr
Richard Watkins
Jan Steensen Crangle
Daphne Sipes
Clint Tate
Nancy Whiteside

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