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Every year, Palmetto Conservation Foundation teams up with local South Carolina State Parks, businesses, and volunteers to provide individuals and families the opportunity to experience National Trails Day (NTD) first hand. With events spread out across the state, NTD is never too far away!

This year we will be offering (3) hiking options:

1 - UPSTATE - Roundtop Mountain Passage featuring the new Carolina Hemlock Loop

Meet at the Sassafras Mountain parking area at 10:00.

Description: 5.5 mile roundtrip down the Foothills Trail connecting
with The Palmetto Trail Roundtop Mountain Passage. The trail follows
a ridgeline through a forest of mixed hardwoods, pine and hemlocks to
join the new Carolina Hemlock Loop trail. The Carolina Hemlock Loop
trail descends down a ridge on Roundtop Mountain with a protected
stand of Hemlocks. The trail footing is good but the hike back to the
Sassafras Mountain trailhead parking area is mostly uphill and in some
places very steep.

Due to the length of the hike and long climb back to the top of
Sassafras, only experienced hikers should participate.

All hikers must wear sturdy hiking shoes/boots. Please come prepared
with raingear, water and lunch or snacks. The hike will last around 4
hours with several stops along the way.

Limit 10

The new Sassafras Mountain observation tower is open with amazing 50
mile views. Restrooms are available at the parking area. There is no
water available at the parking area or on the hike.I

Hike will not take place if it is raining or the likelihood of thunderstorms!

2 - MIDLANDS - Newberry Passage

This NTD hike will be conducted along the newly established Newberry Passage. This urban trail stretches for 9 miles from the northern outskirts of town at the Enoree Passage trailhead and travels through the city of Newberry towards the town of Prosperity. This hike will cover about 3 miles of that passage focusing on the historic downtown area. Along the way we will join up with the Mayor of Newberry for a “Mile with the Mayor” walk down the Main Street area as a part of the Open Streets Event being held that day.

Hikers/Bikers should meet at the Nosegay Park on College Street (across from Newberry College) at 9:00AM. The hike will officially end at Memorial Park on the town square where PCF will have a booth as part of the event. Participants may then return to their vehicles at their own convenience.

The Open Streets event runs from 9AM until Noon. There are multiple venues available in and around the city should you decide to stay for lunch.

3 - LOWCOUNTRY - Wateree Passage

4 mile round trip from the parking area at the intersection of Bluff Rd and Hwy 601. We will start near mile 9 on the Wateree Passage and go east two miles towards the Wateree River. The trail goes along a woods road for about a 3/4 of a mile. The trail then goes down an abandoned rail line and connects to the Ed Sellers bridge over the Wateree River and runs into a 2,468 ft elevated boardwalk with the only suspension bridge on the Palmetto Trail. This section of trail primarily flat so the hike will not be strenuous.

Meet at Parking area near intersection of Bluff Rd and Hwy 601 (McCords Ferry Rd) at 10:00 am. There will be a white Chevrolet Silverado with a Palmetto Trail Maintenance Crew Magnet on the door.

All hikers should wear closed toed shoes, preferably sturdy hiking boots/shoes. Please come with plenty of water, lunch, or snacks as well as sunscreen, bug spray and rain gear. The hike will last about 2 - 2.5 hours.

The hike will not take place in the event of a thunderstorm.

Limit 15

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