JFA Trail - Trail, Travelers Rest, Carolina

JFA Trail - Trail, Travelers Rest, Carolina


The JFA trail is located in Pleasant Ridge County Park and loops around around the park. It is directional so every other month the trail switches to give the rider variety. Bikers and Hikers must travel in opposite directions for visibility along the trail.

It is not a difficult ride, but flows very well giving the rider a few breaks after climbs as well as good downhill sections to keep you moving. There are a few switchbacks, but in general, the trail has approximately 200-300 feet of elevation change from start to finish. It was professionally built in 2013-14 by Greenville Parks and Rec with the idea to provide additional biking options in the Upstate.


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[May 09, 2016]
Weekend Warrior

Decent trail with just enough variety to challenge a newbie while keeping a more seasoned rider entertained on the 5.3 mile ride. There are sections where you have to navigate exposed rocks, roots, and a couple of bridges. Lots of flowy sections to work on maintaining momentum on climbs and the climbing sections aren't very long. I think there's 2-3 500' long stretches of climb, but the switchbacks are mild.

This trail is best for beginner/intermediate riders as its quiet and not crowded in the evenings. Most people either stay at Paris Mountain for convenience or drive up to Dupont Forest which leaves this little gem of a trail open to practice your skills before tackling more serious terrain in Dupont or Pisgah.

Bottom line: Super fun trail that can be done in as little as 30-35 minutes (for the aggressive, seasoned rider) or 45 minutes+ for a beginner. Not terribly difficult, but just hard enough to concentrate on the downhill sections.

Customer Service

The route is posted at the parking lot where the trail begins. It is a directional trail that switches direction every other month. Bikers and Hikers must start the trail in opposite directions.

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