Palmetto Trail Fort Jackson Passage - Trail, Columbia, Carolina

Palmetto Trail Fort Jackson Passage - Trail, Columbia, Carolina

DESCRIPTION

The Fort Jackson passage of South Carolina's Palmetto Trail is a winding trail that has some sections of shoulder width tree passages and some relatively easy ascents and descents. The trail follows parallel to Leesburg Road almost the entire duration of the passage, but lies off of the road enough to enjoy the scenery. The first part of the trail from the kiosk is well traveled with foot traffic, but tapers to almost no use at all for the latter part of the trail. This is a fresh trail as of 1999 and is still a true singletrack with some very good maintenance. The eastern part of Columbia's soil consists almost entirely of sand, but this trail defies the stereotypical drags of riding on sand. The trail is well marked with trail signs and yellow flashes on the trees.

USER REVIEWS

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[Feb 23, 2016]
Darin Wink
Racer

Great opportunity for fast, twisty singletrack mileage. This segment of the Palmetto Trail is 16 miles from end to end with only the first three being paved so you have the chance for around 26 miles of trail fun. I would aim for this if:

-You want to blast - The challenge of this trail comes with speed. If you attack it like a time trial or for intervals the lack of elevation or obstacles will not be missed. The many, many twists and turns will be it's technicality. It will give you a lesson on working to carry speed and it will test your endurance

-You want to ride with family or novices - The trail has many entries that can allow you to tailor your planned ride for who you will have along. It has just enough elevation change to give a novice the feeling of accomplishment for "making the climb", and it has enough nature and singletrack to let them feel like they've really been off road.

-Your other trails are wet - This trail is almost all sandy soil that drains extremely fast. Even just a few hours after a rain you will likely not find any standing water except in the few low creek areas. Actually, the trail would likely be at it's fastest with just a slight bit of moisture that would really firm up the surface.

As a local resident I will definitely keep this place in my normal training schedule.

Customer Service

You can never be too safe when it comes to leaving your car so I'd park on base and ride west to east and back. Otherwise you could park at Weston Lake in the middle or at the east trailhead on Leesburg Rd near the McCrady Training Center and the 601 intersection. There are many other entries along the route, but these would probably require you to park on the side of Leesburg Rd in order to utilize them. The true start of the route is at Gate 1 (south side), but if you're not military you'll have to use Gate 4 (north west). The true start is not that important unless your a stickler since the first three miles are paved. Just get yourself to Semmes Rd, drive east, and the route will be on your left. The single track will start at the entrance to Alpine Lodge and Heiss Pond.

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Harbison State Forest
Sesquicentenial Park
Poinsett State Park

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4
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3
[Apr 23, 2010]
Frodellio
Cross Country Rider

First off, I had to wonder around Fort Jackson for 20 min just to find a trail head. Once on, the sandy parts are a little tough but the trails are dynamic enough. No trail markings and there are forks everywhere. Not worth the BS of getting through the gate and wondering around. And be on alert!---I was riding and came up on some tropps training in the woods...I don't think they had guns but who knows! I won't be going back.

Similar Products Used:

Harbison Forest

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RATING
2
VALUE
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3
[Oct 18, 2006]
X-Bike
Cross Country Rider

Nothing technically demanding here, but you can make it as hard as you'd like. Good singletrack with a bit of sand/washout here and there. There's no need for full suspension, or gears for that matter. I usually ride it on the cyclocross bike or the singlespeed. Both give you a good aerobic workout, but the cross rig, and the commensurate skinny tires, actually makes it interesting. Oh, that and the fact we do it at night. 15w on the bars and a helmet light is plenty.

Customer Service

Ride the complete trail. The trailhead is on Semmes Rd., about 1/4 miles the intersection of Semmes and Twin Lakes. Go all the way out to the entrance for Weston Pond Rec Area. You can either turn around or go around the lake and jump back on the trail right at mile marker 8. Once you get past MM8, the trail changes a good bit. The trail kind of looses it's way around MM10. If you skip the lake, go to the cell tower and turn around. The blazes were just re-painted with high-vis yellow.

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 08, 2005]
Mcpiv
Weekend Warrior

Out and back that follows Leesburg road. Nothing to special here, a few minor climbs and some twisting and turning. The trail also goes for a litte way into the fort but then it becomes sidewalks. I find parts of this trail difficult to follow due to low use and lots of pinestraw on the trail. This trail does get bonus points though for being only a 5 minute drive from my front door.

Customer Service

Find a spot along Leesburg to get on it and go, I think its about 15 miles one way.

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Harbison, K3

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Sep 22, 2003]
Ivan Haynes
Racer

To bad it's not open to motorcycles. I used to ride out there all the time.

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TNT motorsports park

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3
VALUE
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1
[Jan 17, 2000]
Murray

The Fort Jackson Passage of the Palmetto Trail offers something a little bit different for the average rider here in Columbia. If one is tired of riding at Sesqui or Harbison and would like to ride a new trail without traveling outside of Columbia, then the Fort Jackson Trail is for you. I did not like it near as much as Harbison. Not technical at all. I really disliked the excessive leaf and pine straw clutter that covered the trail in most places. Leesburg Road intrudes a bit too much for my tastes. I will return to this trail in the spring and summer. Go give it a try some time!

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Harbison, Lynches Woods, Sesqui, Turkey/Wine Creek

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2
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[Jan 25, 2000]
Evan

This is a really nice trail to add to Columbia's list of local single track. Not as exciting as New Paradigm or Lynches Woods, but well worth checking out, especially during wet conditions. There is not a lot of elevation change but it is not flat either. Just enough turns and twists to keep at least one finger on each brake lever, especially on the descents which are a blast at high speeds. It is at least 12 miles one way. Only drawbacks (besides being on the wrong side of town for me) are the closeness to roads and it's a "out & back". Oh yeah, I can't forget the added thrill of being on a military base w/ potentially un-detonated explosives!

Customer Service

As stated above. Fairly well marked.

Similar Products Used:

Lynches Woods, Harbison State Forest, & New Paradigm

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3
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RATING
[Feb 01, 2000]
Murray

Just thought I would post another review of this trail. Our recent winter weather has made going for a ride extremely difficult. I decided to head back to the Pal.Trail to experience it after a good rain. The trail was not bad at all. There was still some snowy passages, but overall the trail was FAR BETTER than Harbison after a good rain. If you live close to this trail and don't want to fight the mud bogs out at Harbison, then give this trail a try! I'm going to give the trail 3 tires due to its wet riding ability.

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3
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[Apr 11, 2000]
C1

Very good for begginers. Lots of variety in terms of the terrian. Switchbacks,decents,keeps things going.

Customer Service

A very easy trail one you atleast need to ride once.LOTS OF Fun. IT defys the way sand makes you ride slowly.On1essburg rd.enter at any gate,main entrance at gate #5 of the gates of fort jackson

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none

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4
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[May 10, 2001]
Jason

This is a great trail for beginners or those who just like to get out for descent workout. There is very little elevation change, but you do get a few short downhills along with some gradual climbs to keep it interesting. Wish something could be done about all the sadn, although it really doesn't affect your ride except on the fire road crossings. The scenery is nothing to brag about, and there are no creeks or water to speak of. The singletrack sections can be fun if you ride them hard enough. Overall this is a fun track and its only 4 miles from my house (a big plus). Go try it atleast once.

Customer Service

Start at Gate#5 and ride parrellel to Leesburg Rd.

Similar Products Used:

Harbison, Lynches Woods

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3
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