Hiking/Mountain Biking Trail

Fort Jackson Passage of the Palmetto Trail

(Richland County)


This relatively flat, winding section of the Palmetto Trail borders the Fort Jackson military training facility. Even though you parallel a busy road (Leesburg), the trail is far enough away that you can enjoy the beauty and wildlife of this wooded area. Since a lot of the trail surface is sandy it drains very well and can be hiked or ridden when other trails in the area are muddy. Most mountain bikers may not find this trail a challenge, since there is very little change in elevation, but you can still get a good workout. Be aware that you may encounter military personnel during some of their daily maneuvers. Bring water and insect repellant during the warm months.

For additional information from Palmetto Trail users: Trail Talk

Length: 14 miles.

Fees: No fee.

Directions: Western trailhead: The western trailhead is on Jackson Blvd. at the main entrance (Gate 1) to Fort Jackson or Gate 5 on Leesburg Road.

Eastern trailhead: Drive east on Leesburg Road to the National Guard Armory. You can park in an area on the right just beyond the armory. The trailhead is in a field on the opposite side of the road.

Hours: Dawn to dusk.

Camping: No camping.

Information: Palmetto Conservation Foundation, 1314 Lincoln Street, Suite 305, Columbia, SC, 29201-3154.

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