In the High Hills of Santee, where the South Carolina Sandhills of the Midlands region meet the coastal plain region, you’ll find Poinsett State Park. Called the "mountains of the midlands," this mixed ecosystem yields a high degree of biodiversity and some of the most unique natural sightings in the park system, especially along the Palmetto trail which winds through the Manchester State Forest.
The High Hills of Santee are dotted with the hiking and biking trails that wind through the park–some of which connect to the Palmetto Trail that leads hikers through the Manchester State Forest. Poinsett’s 10-acre lake makes for a serene setting, and can be used for fishing and johnboat rentals. The park also offers campsites, a fishing pond, a coquina bathhouse built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, pre-revolutionary grist mill ruins and rustic cabins.
Welcome to the Upstate Ultra TrailSeriesbrought to you by the South Carolina Ultra Marathon Club. We are proud to bring in a series of events that range in distance, terrain, and season! But each race will always posses the same energy and positive atmosphere from our staff, volunteers, and S.C.U.M. Runners. Our club and its races are open to all runners, walkers, and hikers and each member will receive 20% OFF any Upstate Ultra event along with discounted club gear and local sponsors! Join the club for 20% OFF all races - HERE - Check out all of our other events - HERE
Packet Pickup at Pavilion Adjacent to Race Parking Lot - 7:00am (Both Days)
Midlands Marathon on Saturday Oct. 8th -8:00am
Midlands Half Marathon on Saturday Oct. 8th - 8:00am
Great network of single tracks right through a camping area. Easy to stay a couple nights and just ride from your camping set up! This is one of the best parks in central South Carolina. It's fun and flowy, with some climbing and small technical bits. Whippoorwill is a fast and flowy trail and the Knot is a bit more technical and advanced. It's overall a great place, just be sure to get there early, otherwise it will be very hot and humid.
Address for Parking State Park
6660 Poinsett Park Rd, Wedgefield, SC 29168
Post race we will be making pancakes for our runners and volunteers! Please bring your own fork and plate.
We will have 2 aid stations on the course. One will be located at the start and finish line near cabin 5 which is also at mile 5 of the 2 loop course of the marathoners. We will also have a water and tailwind aid station around mile 9 near the primitive/group campsites at a road crossing. For the marathoners you will have access to aid at miles (5, 9, 13, 18, 22) and for the half marathon runners you will have access to aid at miles (5 & 9). For the marathon runner you are welcome to go to your car at the parking lot after finishing the first loop which is adjacent to the run course. OUr aid station will have water, tailwind, soda, crackers, cookies, pickles, and other candies! If you would like to bring something to share that would be great! Also wood donations are welcome and feel free to bring a chair to hang out by the fire post run and have some pancakes!
In an effort to be good stewards to mother nature we will not have any of the following items at ANY of our events. This is in an effort to reduce the carbon footprint being placed by endurance events throughout the world. Please have a cup or hydration bottle if you will need to consume water/nutrition during the event. Please bring your own fork/spoon for any post race meals. Please bring your own bags for items collected at the race.
Camping & Park Admissions
$3 adults - $1.50 SC seniors - $1 children age 6-15 - age 5 & younger are free
RV sites, Tent, or Cabin Reservations - RESERVE BY GOING ONLINE DIRECTLY HERE