This easy walking/riding section of the Palmetto Trail is much different than the others, because it is mainly urban and uses the city streets or sidewalks of downtown Columbia. Palmetto Trail signs guide you through neighborhoods, historical sites such as University of South Carolina, and the SC State House grounds. From Riverfront Park, you can extend your hike or ride on the old Columbia Canal. Facilities are available at Riverfront Park and at various restaurants along the way.
Length: 7.5 miles.
Directions: Eastern trailhead: Begin on Jackson Blvd. at the main entrance to Fort Jackson.
Western trailhead: Begin at Riverfront Park at Huger and Laurel Streets.
Hours: Dawn to dusk.
Camping: No camping.
Information: Palmetto Conservation Foundation 1314 Lincoln Street, Suite 305, Columbia, SC, 29201-3154.Visit Our Website Get Directions