Capital City Passage

Palmetto Trail

Trail Activities: t

  • Walk
  • Hike
  • Bike
  • Paved


10.20 miles


One Way


Paved, Boardwalk

Difficulty: Easy

Trail Features: t

  • Exercise Station
  • Parking
  • Handicap Access
  • Point of Interest
  • Scenic Observation
  • Information Sign
  • Pets
  • No Fee
  • No Camping


Capital City Passage, the first urban passage on the Palmetto Trail, features South Carolina’s largest city and seat of state government. The passage follows city sidewalks through beautiful neighborhoods, past city parks and schools, along the historic Horseshoe and across the steps of the State Capitol.

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This easy walking/riding section of the Palmetto Trail is much different than the others, because it is mainly urban and uses the city streets or sidewalks of downtown Columbia. Palmetto Trail signs guide you through neighborhoods, historical sites such as University of South Carolina, and the State Capital Building grounds. From Riverfront Park you can extend your hike or ride on the old Columbia Canal. Facilities are available at Riverfront Park and at various restaurants along the way. The Capital City Passage joins the Fort Jackson Passage near the gate on Fort Jackson Boulevard.

Stop in and meet the staff at Palmetto Conservation, 722 King Street, about three blocks north of Wheat Street.


Fort Jackson, Gate 1 Trailhead: The trailhead and kiosk are located just inside Gate 1 on Fort Jackson Boulevard. Follow the traffic circle and turn right onto Ewell Road. The Kiosk will be on your left and parking is available to the right.

Riverfront Park Trailhead: The Trail kiosk is just inside the main gate and parking is available (312 Laurel Street, Columbia, SC 29201).

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Palmetto Conservation Foundation | 722 King Street, Columbia, SC 29205 | (803) 771-0870 | Email

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Lat: 34.01527020463640
Long: -81.01500094250320