Swamp Fox Trail

Charleston, South Carolina

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The Swamp Fox Trail, part of South Carolina’s rail-trail system, follows old railroad logging trams for much of its length. You will need some patience to deal with the jolting of one bumpy stretch caused by crossties just below the trail’s surface. The trail travels deep into the Lowcountry’s swampland. Enjoy marshy bogs thick with evergreens and drier ridges lined with open stands of pine. You can ride fast on this flat, wide singletrack with little concern of meeting any technical difficulties. Local Scout troops built the original Swamp Fox Trail in the mid 1960s, and they continue to maintain the trail. Their handiwork includes mile markers, wooden bridges, and an elaborate boardwalk section. This trail is the first part of the 42-mile Swamp Fox Passage of the Palmetto Trail. Tread: Wide singletrack with 6 miles on old railroad logging tram and 1.2 miles on gravel road.

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"The Swamp Fox Trail, part of South Carolina’s rail-trail system, follows old railroad logging trams for much of its length. You will need some patience to deal with the jolting of one bumpy stretch caused by crossties just below the trail’s surface. The trail travels deep into the Lowcountry’s swampland. Enjoy marshy bogs thick with evergreens and drier ridges lined with open stands of pine.

You can ride fast on this flat, wide singletrack with little concern of meeting any technical difficulties. Local Scout troops built the original Swamp Fox Trail in the mid 1960s, and they continue to maintain the trail. Their handiwork includes mile markers, wooden bridges, and an elaborate boardwalk section. This trail is the first part of the 42-mile Swamp Fox Passage of the Palmetto Trail. Tread: Wide singletrack with 6 miles on old railroad logging tram and 1.2 miles on gravel road."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Charleston
Distance: 13.3
Trail Type: Shuttle
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Easy
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Francis Marion National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Awendaw, Ocean Bay, Huger; maps are available from Palmetto Trails and the Forest Service.
Driving Directions: Directions to Swamp Fox Trail

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May 2018