Poinsett Loop Hike
ElevationAscent: 469' 143 m
Descent: -478' -146 m
High: 272' 83 m
Low: 116' 35 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 11% (6°)
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“The best loop option to gain some elevation in the SC midlands with opportunities to camp for a longer stay.”— Zander Göpfert
Given the extensive trail network at Poinsett State Park, this loop can be done in reverse or adapted for groups of varying abilities or time constraints.
Head north to begin a brief climb, passing some cabins on the right. Continue along the Whippoorwill Trail as it snakes and bends back upon itself, looping to the north around the Campground. Cross the Scout Trail (a good trail to take, heading left (south), to shorten this run) and wind along more hilly contours before crossing the Scout Trail in the other direction at signpost #26. This is another intersection to bypass some mileage by heading left (north) on the Scout Trail, either crossing the Cowasee Trail or taking the Cowasee Trail back south toward signpost #31.
For this run, stick to the Whippoorwill Trail up toward signpost #29 before continuing onto the Cowasee Trail south to signpost #31 and a brief section of the Palmetto Trail: Wateree Passage to the parking lot.
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Land Manager: South Carolina State Parks - Poinsett State Park