About the Wateree Passage

Sandhills



Difficulty

Easy to Moderate

Length

11.4
Miles

Activities

The Wateree Passage begins in Poinsett State Park then continues through a section of Manchester State Forest traveling along the remnants of the old SC Railroad through Sumter Junction. It  continues until it crosses over the Wateree River and through the SCE&G property to Hwy 601.   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.

Orange blazes
Signs
No motorized vehicles or equestrians.

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

Directions

 

Poinsett State Park Trailhead: From the junction of US 378 and SC 261 S., travel 10.1 miles south on SC 261 to Poinsett Park Road (S-43-63), turn right (west), travel 2.7 miles to the Poinsett State Park Headquarters.

Campbell Creek Rd. Parking Area: From US 378 near Sumter, take SC 261 south through Wedgefield for 9.2 miles. At the Manchester State Forest sign turn right onto Headquarters Road for 1 mile. Turn left onto Campbell Creek Rd(unmarked). and go 1.6 miles to the intersection with Evenwood Lane (unmarked). This wide intersection is the parking area.

Foxville Rd. Parking Area:  From US 378 near Sumter, take SC 261 south through Wedgefield for 5.8 turn right onto Middleton Rd. opposite Orangehill Church. Paved road becomes unpaved after 1.4 miles; continue 1.1 miles. Turn left and another immediate left onto Foxville Rd. (unmarked). Travel for .7 miles to a small parking area with a kiosk on the right. Walk pass the kiosk and turn left onto the Parking Lot Trail; it is .6 miles down an old rail bed to the Wateree Passage. Note: Foxville Rd can be difficult to drive on in wet weather for non 4 wheel drive vehicles.

Farmstead Road Trailhead: From the intersection of US 378 and US  601 travel south on US 601 S for 7.3 miles. Turn left onto Farmstead Road, the concrete parking lot and trailhead is on the right.

 



Camping

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



Notes

Wateree Passage Audio Tour



Additional Information

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

Mountain Biking in Manchester State Forest requires a permit, apply at website below.

https://www.state.sc.us/forest/permit.htm



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

South Carolina Society Children of the American Revolution