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Palmetto Trail

April 26 - May 2

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This project is focused on trail maintenance, conservation, education and fun! Our primary focus will be clearing and grooming an established seven mile passage of The Palmetto Trail through a beautiful civil war era rail line. Volunteers can expect tasks such as lopping, light raking and minimal brush clearing while becoming familiar with some of South Carolina’s beautiful wildlife, history and most important, The Palmetto Trail. Volunteers will become familiar with and utilize tools such as loppers, rakes and hand pruners in an effort to maintain trail appearance and accessibility. At Palmetto Conservation Foundation, it is our goal that every volunteer has a safe, fun and enriching experience while at the same time expanding their knowledge of environmental stewardship and conservation.


Palmetto Conservation Foundation




Day hiking up to 2 miles each work day

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Minimum Volunteer Age


Maximum Group Size


Area and Attractions

The Wateree Passage begins in Poinsett State Park then continues through a section of Manchester State Forest traveling along the remnants of the old South Carolina Railroad through Sumter Junction, South Carolina. It continues until it crosses over the Wateree river and through the SCE&G property to Hwy 601. The Wateree 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 the Wateree Swamp to Richland County. Other area attractions include Columbia, South Carolina 35 minute drive, Charleston, South Carolina 90 minute drive, and several South Carolina beaches within an hour's drive.

Accommodations Description

Volunteers will be staying at our Manchester House. The Manchester House is located less than one mile from our project work site, daily transportation will be provided to and from the work site. This historical farmhouse style home has four large bedrooms that provide both male and female living quarters, (twin size sleeping cots and beds will be provided). There are two separate male and female bathrooms with showers, sinks and flush toilets. The Manchester House also comes equipped with a full functioning kitchen with microwave, range, dishwasher, refrigerator, freezer and sink. All group cooking gear such as pots, pans, bowls, plates and eating utensils are also provided at the Manchester House. Laundry facilities and outdoor grills are located on site. WiFi and cell service is available at the Manchester House but is limited on our work site. Volunteers should bring their own linens (twin sized sheets or sleeping bag, pillow, and towel) and personal items.


Airport Pickup Provided from Columbia Metropolitan Airport. Airport pickup and dropoff times will be sent to registrants when the trip is confirmed.


Palmetto Trail
722 King Street, Columbia, South Carolina 29205 United States