Pleasant Ridge Park

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Most trails and outdoor spaces are open, and outdoor recreation is encouraged. Please follow outdoor recreation social distancing guidelines and trail etiquette. Be respectful of others, and call ahead if there's uncertainty regarding the trail being open (contact information can be found on each trail page).

Trail Activities: t

  • Walk
  • Hike
  • Mountain Bike
  • Paved

Length:

7.2 miles

Type:

Network

Surface:

Dirt (Hard Packed), Paved

Difficulty: Moderate

Trail Features: t

  • Parking
  • Information Sign
  • Picnic Area
  • Restrooms
  • Playground
  • Handicap Access
  • Point of Interest
  • Pets
  • No Fee

Summary:

Pleasant Ridge Park is home to the popular JFA Trail, which is a mostly smooth-rolling, hard-packed singletrack that borders the perimeter of the park. The park also offers the Leroy Smith Trail, Sassy's Pass and the Mill Creek Path. 

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Greenville County's Pleasant Ridge Park offers an excellent trail system that includes the popular Jorge F. Arango (JFA) Trail, the Leroy Smith Trail, Sassy's Pass and the Mill Creek Path. This 240 acre park is Greenville County Rec’s jewel in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It was developed by the SC Commission of Forestry and the SC Department of Parks, Recreation, & Tourism in the 1940’s to promote tourism in the Upstate. The park was established for the African American community.

The JFA trail is a 5.4 mile trail loop around Pleasant Ridge Park open to hikers and mountain bikers 7 days a week during park hours (8am-dusk). The JFA Trail is directional and rotates monthly – hikers and bikers travel in opposite directions. A trail connector named Sassy’s Pass (+/- 0.7 miles) connects each side of the loop at a lesser grade from the rough cut bridge to behind the ropes course.

The Leroy Smith Trail begins uphill with a wide, wet section (the water seeps from the hillside and it will never be dry). There is a beautiful scenic stop with a waterfall off to the right. Mill Creek Path is towards to top of Pleasant Ridge and is a paved hiking and biking trail.

Pleasant Ridge partners Upstate SORBA are planning trail system expansion as funding becomes available. Please visit the trailhead kiosk at the Shelter One parking area to learn about the trails. Trails are closed when wet.

Difficulty: Easy to Difficult

Hours: 8 AM - Dusk

Directions:

Take I-85 S exit 92 to SC 11 or I-85 N. exit 1 to SC 11.

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Lat: 35.09315515706970
Long: -82.48339423278809