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Palmetto Trail Fort Jackson Passage

Average Rating:    (3 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 10

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.
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Latitude
33.987068143792804
Longitude
-80.88907241821289
Trail Directions
Interstate 77 to Exit 10/Jackson Boulevard. Take left off of exit. Go past gate and follow traffic circle around to Marion Avenue. Follow Marion Avenue for .8 of a mile to Semmes Road. Take a right on Semmes Road and follow for 2.2 miles. Kiosk for trail is on left across from entrance to Twin Lakes Recreation Park.
Trail Length
Unknown
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Columbia
   


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Review Date
February 23, 2016

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Darin Wink ,  Racer

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Harbison State Forest
Sesquicentenial Park
Poinsett State Park



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Review Date
April 23, 2010

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Frodellio ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Harbison Forest



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Review Date
September 8, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Mcpiv ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

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

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Harbison, K3



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Review Date
September 22, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Ivan Haynes ,  Racer

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

Other recommended trails in the same area:
TNT motorsports park



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Review Date
July 25, 2001

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

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Reviewed by: Jackie Jamenson

Summary:
Just as Jason from Cola explains - it's HARD and FAST. I rode w/ Jason one day and he is an animal. Everything he suggest is correct except the side trail He and I took for our own rough riding!!!! Watch out for this trail and Jason. If he asks for extra Lube just say NO - He will break your bottom bracket. His blue eyes will distract you from the trail. I give the trail 2 tires and Jason a limp one!

Recommended Route:
I go both ways!!



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