Sunday, December 16, 2012

Day 747: Awendaw Passage of the Palmetto Trail - Francis Marion National Forest - Awendaw Canoe Launch - Swamp Fox - Steed Creek

Day #747 * Hike #920 * New Track #726
Sunday December 2, 2012
Awendaw Passage of the Palmetto Trail

Francis Marion National Forest - South Carolina
Awendaw Canoe Launch - Swamp Fox - Steed Creek
My Tripometer: 2 Hours * 4.5 Miles * +50 Feet

 A legit hiking trail!!!

 Trail Map

Heading south down route 17/750 from Myrtle Beach you will enter into the Francis Marion National Forest.  Look off to your left for a tiny road called Rosa Glen.  Turn left down this road and park your car at the end to begin this journey.  If you pass Rosa Glen, you'll see the Swamp Fox Trailhead on your right which is just 1 mile up.  U-turn and head back.  If you are coming from the south, pass the visitor center and I believe Rosa Glen is approximately 3 miles up on your right...

 The Awendaw Canoe Launch


 Cross over a dozen of these bridges

 The Time Warner Bridge

 We were 1.25 miles into our journey

 Entering into a new ecosystem


 Out to the ocean

 What are they doing out there?

 Shells on the trail

This bridge is just after the 2-Mile sign.  We turned back shortly after this and ran like a mad dash all the way back to the car.  This was a cool, gentle hike/run.  Interesting environment - we are not in California anymore!

 The Swamp Fox Trailhead a mile up the road

Um...  Not today...

The Palmetto Trail continues through the forest and crosses the Steed Creek.  I discover this place online and saw pictures of a cool bridge back in here.  I called the Francis Marion Forest Ranger and asked about it and she suggested that I hike the Awendaw Passage.  So, I did and let this one be.  If I ever come back to South Carolina, I may try to hike this section.  I really would love to hike these long distances but with work, family, work and life, it's nearly impossible; unless someone would sponsor me to do so???

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