Take a Stroll on the Palmetto Trail across the Broad River Trestle

South Carolina Palmetto Trail

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A walk along the Palmetto Trail across the impressive 1,100-foot-long Broad River trestle provides a spectacular view of the Broad River.

The Palmetto Trail is a mountains-to-sea trail in South Carolina that will stretch 425 miles across the state when completed. Currently there are sections of the the trail that are complete and can be hiked or biked on. One of these sections is in the Midlands of SC and is called the Peak to Prosperity Passage which is 11 miles long.

The Palmetto Conservation purchased this 11 mile section from Norfolk Southern Railroad through the rail-banking process. The trail crosses 20 trestles, including over 14 wooden trestles that cross Crims Creek. This is a wonderful trail for history lovers.

The rail trail begins on the banks of the Broad River at Alston in Fairfield County and continues west into Newberry County, through piedmont forest, into the towns of Peak and Pomaria. But my adventure focuses on the trail head that begins at Alston (across the Broad River from Peak, SC).

Parking is very convenient in a dirt lot just several yards from the train trestle that crosses over the scenic Broad River. Then it's a short distance walk to start walking across the trestle. Bald eagles are often seen from the bridge flying over the river and turtle sunning on the rocks below. Morning time and evenings are excellent for photography, especially when there is fog on the water.

The Alston trail head at the Broad River train trestle also has a canoe launch. I love to take my kayak and put in at the base of the bridge then paddle up the Broad River. Fishing is also popular along the banks or in a kayak or canoe. There are picnic tables and a place for a fire. This is a family friendly adventure with plenty of activities to do!

Those who want more of an adventure, continue hiking the 11 mile trail or try out kayaking upstream on the Broad River to the Parr Reservoir dam. It's definitely one of my favorite adventures!

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Snacks
  • Water
  • Tripod
  • Kayak/Canoe
  • Picnic
  • Dog
  • Fishing Pole
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How to Get There

7 months ago

Nice Subject To Photograph

The bridge is really cool to photograph. I made the mistake of being there in the middle the afternoon, so I didn't have really good light. Early morning sunrise or sunset are going to be the best time to go. I'll definitely be going back.

7 months ago

7 months ago

Stunning

Just like the photos show this place is a gorgeous place to visit. Definitely will revisit in the future!

7 months ago

Added by Seth Berry

A nature and travel photographer from South Carolina. Exploring the great outdoors, capturing stunning and breathtaking photos, and inspiring people through photography is my passion. View my work at www.SethBerryPhotography.com

Activities:

Chillin, Photography, Kayaking, Hiking

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

1 Miles

Elev. Gain:

0 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Groups
Handicap Accessible
Picnic Area
River
Romantic
Scenic
Wildlife

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