Swamp Fox Trail

Charleston, South Carolina

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A long level, three-or-four day backpack through typical coastal pine forest and swampy wetlands. With a variety of hardwoods scattered through a forest largely made up of longleaf pines, the Swamp Fox Trail offers attractive fall foliage, good views of wintering birds, and a beautiful array of springtime wild flowers. Flowers and other attractive foliage and wildlife are also present throughout the summer months, but heat, humidity, redbugs, ticks, and mosquitoes make the trail somewhat less appealing from May through September. In general, the trail is well marked and the surface makes for easy walking. Most of the Swamp Fox Trail is grassy or covered with pine straw, although the trail occasionally passes along old dirt logging roadbeds. At times, the grass can become rather high, and the trail can be difficult after heavy rains, when paths through low-lying areas become submerged or quite muddy. Passage through wet areas is, however, facilitated by numerous footbridges, boardwalks, and mounted split plank logs.
Hiking South Carolina

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Hiking South Carolina

by John Clark & John Dantzler (Falcon Guides)

A long level, three-or-four day backpack through typical coastal pine forest and swampy wetlands. With a variety of hardwoods scattered through a forest largely made up of longleaf pines, the Swamp Fox Trail offers attractive fall foliage, good views of wintering birds, and a beautiful array of springtime wild flowers.

Flowers and other attractive foliage and wildlife are also present throughout the summer months, but heat, humidity, redbugs, ticks, and mosquitoes make the trail somewhat less appealing from May through September. In general, the trail is well marked and the surface makes for easy walking. Most of the Swamp Fox Trail is grassy or covered with pine straw, although the trail occasionally passes along old dirt logging roadbeds. At times, the grass can become rather high, and the trail can be difficult after heavy rains, when paths through low-lying areas become submerged or quite muddy. Passage through wet areas is, however, facilitated by numerous footbridges, boardwalks, and mounted split plank logs.

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Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Charleston
Distance: 42
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 3 to 4 days
Season: Late Fall, winter, early spring
Local Contacts: Land Resources Division, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, 2221 Devine Street, Columbia, SC 29205; (803) 734-9108
Local Maps: Francis Marion National Forest maps; Palmetto Trail maps; Bonneau, Cordesville, Bethera, Huger, Ocean Bay, and Awendaw USGS quads
Driving Directions: Directions to Swamp Fox Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

11/17/2007
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We took two days and hiked from Witherbee station to the Canal Rec. Area. South Carolina has been in a drought, so the swamps were all pretty dry. Overall a pretty good hike, not at all difficult, but interesting terrain.


3/22/2003
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We hiked from SC41 to Halfway Creek Camp on SC100. The map was deceptive as to the distance covered. We expected to hit Halfway Creek shortly after passing Harleston Dam, but it was several more miles. Weeklong rain left many stretches under water, including the boardwalks, which in some places, we knee deep under water.



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May 2018