Access only available from inside Keowee-Toxaway State Park. See park website for gate hours. $5 fee to enter park, unless you possess an annual pass. Many parts of this trail are under thin canopy, or in direct sunlight. These sections can get HOT in the summer months.
There are two trailheads to this trail: the one inside Keowee-Toxaway State Park, and one at the Roy F. Jones fishing access area. This is a partial segment of the trail up to where the first bridge is/was. In April of 2019, heavy rains created a flood, which dislodged the two bridges on this passage. As of August 2019, neither bridge has been moved back into place and those sections are not currently passable.
This section begins inside Keowee-Toxaway State Park and uses part of the Natural Bridge Trail
as the first portion. Once about a mile or so in, take a left and follow the sign for the Palmetto Trail. The trail will climb up a hill, winding up some switchbacks after which it flattens out and traverses a natural ridge, a few areas of which are atop slickrock. After running along the ridge, the trail descends some switchbacks and heads toward road (HWY 11).
Run across the plank bridge, climb up alongside the road, and run across the private drive. The trail continues on the other side of the drive, but this is not immediately obvious. After entering the trail on this side, follow the descent, cross an additional plank bridge, and climb back up the ridge. The trail will climb and descend several sets of switchbacks before it flattens out once again. The trail will end at the river where the dislodged fiberglass bridge lies. The river here is not passable on foot.