November 9th, 2014. My plans were to head on over to the Wateree Passage--which I thought was near Lake Wateree. That was my first mistake!
The day was an adventure, for sure. Funny how a 4 mile hike turns into 10 when no phone reception drains the phone battery to 6% and is your GPS breadcrumb trail back to the car. Love the Palmetto Trail!
My girlfriend Stephanie and I started out the day with breakfast at Cracker Barrel with her mom, Geraldine.
Foxville Rd. Parking Area: From US 378
near Sumter, take SC 261 south through
Wedgefield for 5.8 turn right onto Middleton Rd.
opposite Orangehill Church. Paved road
becomes unpaved after 1.4 miles; continue 1.2
miles. Turn left and another immediate left onto
Foxville Rd.(unmarked). Take the left fork at .7
miles, .7 miles further is a small parking area
with a kiosk on the left, yellow gate on right.
Note: Foxville Rd. is deeply rutted in places
and may not be suitable for vehicles with low
ground clearances.ADVICE: When the map tells you the road may not be suitable for vehicles with low ground clearances, take a TRUCK, not a Ford Taurus. I was dodging potholes 2 feet deep! I took a picture of the car because I wasn't sure we'd see it again!
Bad Start: We really weren't sure where we were and if we had parked at the correct spot. Didn't know if we should keep driving or park. It LOOKED like it could be a primitive parking spot. There was no kiosk. The yellow gate on the right was where we were SUPPOSED to begin our hike--but we didn't figure that out right away.
Here's a pic of Fred in front of the gate with the tiny little Palmetto Trail sign on it. It took us 10-20 minutes to find the trail head. We went up one road and down another. I was using my iPhone Map app to find the trail. I even took a pic on my phone in case we were lost and needed to be rescued:
We hiked along a railroad bed for a bit and then headed up to a high ridge. Molly's Ridge. It was beautiful!
The fall leaves were spectacular, the weather was cool, and the hike was high enough that it got our blood pumping rather quickly.
Advice: Never lean on a rotten log to pose for a picture. It might crumble under you!
After a total of 5 miles hiking, we wound up at Poinsett State Park. I'd never been there, but Stephanie had grown up in SC and had gone camping there with her family and youth group at church, too. It was time for a break! We drank our waters and split a granola bar.
Christmas Wish: I told my husband I'd like an external cell phone battery charger for Christmas for these hikes. There isn't much cell phone coverage out in the boonies.