Palmetto Trail Day 23 – Peak to Prosperity Passage
There is a 10 mile gap from Newberry to the Peak to Prosperity Passage. Peak and Prosperity are both small towns between an old railroad that has been turned to a rails to trails section. Since I am going South I will hit Prosperity first and end at Peak. Prosperity is a six mile walk along highway 76 (just realized I have been spelling highway wrong this whole trip). Nothing really to report here other than I had lunch at Cathy’s Place. A double cheeseburger with (all the fixings, minus onion) and fries. And two large glasses of sweet tea, which is utterly amazing in the South. Nothing like Northern sweet tea. I did go by a Food Lion grocery store but I have what I need for now.
After lunch is another four mile road walk along highway 76 and another road call 773. I thought I was at a side road to get to the trail but instead there was a building inside a closed fence. I ended up following 773 all the way to the I-26 exit. Turning on Kipler Bridge Road that went by a golf course. Later after looking at a satellite image of the area, I could have took the railroad at the 76/773 intersection and walked it up to the Southern end of the trail.
When arriving at the Kipler Bridge TH, I stopped for a break. I really enjoyed this Passage. It was a very easy walk that went over 20 trestles all the way to the end. The elevation chart showed a 200ft drop over 11 miles but it was as flat as can be. There were multiple campsites along this Passage and initially I was expecting to use one today. But the terrain was so easy I ended up cruising all the way to the end.
Almost halfway through is a very small town called Pomaria that has a gas station/grocery available. It was a nice day so I grabbed some ice cream and a soda and sat on the bench outside for a break. There were three guys who were also reading the kiosk nearby and started asking questions. So I explained what the Palmetto Trail was and me hiking across the state. They thought I was crazy and continued down the trail, I would soon pass them by.
Shortly after passing the three guys I stopped to take a picture and noticed an obscure ammo can laying in front of me. Turns out is a geocash site. I have run into these on numerous hikes before. Just before I get to the next parking lot I encounter two separate groups biking and a couple hikers. I take a break at Hope Station for a snack and finish off my water. It’s only 3.5 mile’s until the campsite at the end of the Passage.
As I get closer to Peak, another small town, I start to run into more people enjoying the town. This is also a telltale sign that there is a TH just ahead. When I start seeing buildings my suspicions are confirmed. There is a huge boardwalk going from the trail to the parking lot and I see a couple coming down it. They walk over and greet a gentleman who is out birding. As they are all staring up into the tree I ask what they are looking for? The birder is looking for a hooded warbler that is up in the tree. This leads to a conversation in introductions and info about the bridge I am about to cross over the Broad River.
After talking for awhile I continue the final 1/4 mile across the bridge. We are pretty high up and the views are great. There are Cormorants, large Turtles, and muskrat swimming in the Broad River. The opposite side has a very nice camping area, I stop to take a break and figure out my plan for tomorrow. But the service here is terrible, so I head back across the river and go to the small town of Peak to see if it improves. As I am resting researching tomorrow’s route the gentleman birding asks me if I wanted a ride. I graciously accept because it’s a 25 mile road walk to the next Passage in Columbia.
This website contains affiliate links, which means The Trek may receive a percentage of any product or service you purchase using the links in the articles or advertisements. The buyer pays the same price as they would otherwise, and your purchase helps to support The Trek's ongoing goal to serve you quality backpacking advice and information. Thanks for your support!
To learn more, please visit the About This Site page.
What Do You Think?