Fort Jackson Passage

Palmetto Trail

Trail Activities: t

  • Walk
  • Mountain Bike


16.20 miles


One Way



Difficulty: Easy

Trail Features: t

  • Point of Interest
  • Information Sign
  • Parking
  • Pets
  • No Fee
  • No Camping


Fort Jackson Passage takes you through the heart and into the woods of this spectacular military facility. Fort Jackson was established in the year 1917 to answer the call for trained fighting men in WWI.  The Fort was named in honor of Major General Andrew Jackson, a native son of the Palmetto State and seventh president of the United States.

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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.

The Capital City Passage connects to the Fort Jackson Passage.

Hours: Dawn to dusk. Call Fort Jackson for all gate hours or Directorate of Emergency Services to report violations of rules and regs, (803) 751-3113.


Trailhead at Gate 1 — From I-77 take exit 10 (Fort Jackson Blvd). Follow Fort Jackson Blvd. past Gate 1 into the Fort and follow the traffic circle to Ewell Road. Stay right on Ewell Road and you will see the parking area on your right. The kiosk is across the street from the parking area.

Trailhead at Gate 5 — From I-77 take exit 9 (Leesburg Road). Follow Leesburg Road (State Route 262) east toward Sumter. Go approximately 3 miles and the entrance to Gate 5 will be on your left. Park outside the gate. The kiosk is inside the gate to the right.

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

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Lat: 33.99648600000000
Long: -80.83484799999997