SC Picture of the Month – South Carolina Palmetto Trail

The Palmetto Trail runs through many South Carolina counties, and this particular picture was taken in the small town of Peak in Newberry County. The trail, when it is completed, will stretch 425 miles across South Carolina – from the mountains to the sea.

Palmetto Trail
© 2011 Ralph Mayer of Lexington

Photographer Ralph Mayer tells us that this railroad bridge was built in 1890 and crosses the Broad River. The original bridge was intentionally burned by the Confederate troops during the Civil War to slow the advance of General Sherman's troops. Ralph adds that it is a wonderful part of the Palmetto Trail to enjoy hiking and biking!

This statewide trail system was first conceived in 1994 by the Palmetto Conservation Foundation, and is a federally-designated Millennium Legacy Trail. The Palmetto Trail connects many existing trails and paths which feature our state's history, culture, and unique geography. It is broken down into passages that can be enjoyed in just a day, or over a couple of days, so don't feel overwhelmed by the thought of hiking across the state all at once!

The Palmetto Trail has a wide variety trails – from urban bike trails and greenways to Revolutionary War battlefields and hiking trails. Once completed, this will be one of only sixteen cross-state trails in the country.

For more information and trail maps, check out the Palmetto Conservation Foundation.

SCIWAY thanks Ralph Mayer of Lexington for this great picture taken in December 2011.

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South Carolina's February Calendar of Events

Myrtle Beach Marathon
February 16-18, 2012

Even if you're not ready to run the full marathon, you can still choose from a half marathon, a 5K, a fun run, or a bicycle ride. There will be a party after the races to celebrate your victory over the course! The Myrtle Beach Marathon continues its tradition of benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of South Carolina and the Horry County Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Southeastern Wildlife Exposition
Charleston – February 17-19, 2012

There is no better way to beat the winter blues than to participate in a three-day celebration of nature. The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition ("SEWE") is the largest event of its kind in the country. Over 500 exhibitors will help promote conservation and preservation of wildlife through education and the visual arts.

South Carolina Events
Complete Calendar of February's SC Events
Statewide – February 1-29, 2012

Want to see the full calendar? Just click here to check out SCIWAY's complete calendar of February SC events! Also, remember that all our event calendars, for every month of the year, are available on SCIWAY's website 24/7/365 – just go to

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