Dug Mountain Passage of the Palmetto Trail

Palmetto Conservation Foundation, Columbia, SC

The goal is to protect the natural environment by using best management practices and materials to construct the Dug Mountain Passage of the Palmetto Trail, which will provide public access to the lower Eastatoe Creek watershed in Jocassee Gorges.

Counties Impacted:

  • Pickens
  • Oconee
  • Greenville
  • Spartanburg

​This incredible project will help us protect the Jocassee Gorges environment and better serve our community for years to come. The lower Eastatoe watershed is part of the internationally recognized Jocassee Gorges Wilderness Area, a pine-hemlock-hardwood forest that provides habitats for a rich diversity of flora and fauna. This project will create an outdoor classroom for people of all ages and abilities and a unique chance to experience one of the most ecologically diverse places on the planet.

-PCF Executive Director Natalie Britt



The Water Resource Fund from Duke Energy is a multiyear, $10 million commitment to protect and restore waterways in the Carolinas and neighboring states. Learn more about the projects we’ve supported, and how you can get involved.