About the Fort Jackson Passage

Sandhills



Difficulty

Easy

Length

16.2
Miles

Activities

NOTICE: An area between miles 6-8 were logged but have been remarked and should be navigable, use caution. 

Fort Jackson Passage takes you through the heart and into the woods of this spectacular military facility. Fort Jackson was established in the year 1917 to answer the call for trained fighting men in WWI.  The Fort was named in honor of Major General Andrew Jackson, a native son of the Palmetto State and seventh president of the United States. Today the installation covers 52,000 acres and is the Army’s largest basic training center. In addition to hiking and mountain biking, this passage offers a great diversity in both plants and animals. You may also see a platoon of soldiers on their daily drill.

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Please read Fort Jackson’s “Rules and Regulations”.

Directions

Trailhead at Gate 1 — From I-77 take exit 10 (Fort Jackson Blvd). Follow Fort Jackson Blvd. past Gate 1 into the Fort and follow the traffic circle to Ewell Road. Stay right on Ewell Road and you will see the parking area on your right. The kiosk is across the street from the parking area.

NOTE:  You must have a special DBIDs card to enter the gates at Fort Jackson. 

Trailhead at Gate 5 — From I-77 take exit 9 (Leesburg Road). Follow Leesburg Road (State Route 262) east toward Sumter. Go approximately 3 miles and the entrance to Gate 5 will be on your left. Park outside the gate. The kiosk is inside the gate to the right.

Parking area at Weston Lake:  From I-77 take exit 9 (Leesburg Road). Follow Leesburg Road (State Route 262) east toward Sumter. Go approximately 4.1 miles and turn left at the Weston Lake Camp sign and the parking area is immediately on the right.

Trailhead at McCrady end From I-77 take exit 9 (Leesburg Road). Follow Leesburg Road (State Route 262) east toward Sumter. Go approximately 9.5 miles and look for the Palmetto Trail trailhead sign.  The parking area is on the left side of the road.

Fort Jackson Gate Hours:

Gate 1

  • 5:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.—Inbound and outbound traffic, Monday through Friday
  • 3:30 to 6:00 p.m.—Outbound traffic, Monday through Friday
  • Closed weekends

Gate 2

  • Around the clock, seven days a week
  • Commercial traffic on weekends only

Gate 4

  • 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.—Monday through Friday
  • Closed weekends
  • Commercial traffic must use Gate 4 on weekdays

Gate 5

  • 5:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.—Inbound and outbound traffic, Monday through Friday
  • 3:30 to 6:00 p.m.—Outbound traffic, Monday through Friday
  • 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Inbound and outbound traffic, weekends


Additional Information

Call Fort Jackson to confirm gate hours or Directorate of Emergency Services to report violations of rules and regs, ph (803) 751-3113.



Fort Jackson Passage Share Owners

Mr. & Mrs. Murkinson Alexander
Derrick L. Braddock
Gary R. Daves
Gene & Nancy Dinkins
Page Ivey

Col “Ret” Robert L Manning

Ken & Sherry McCullough
Howard Miller
Ted & Linda Moore
Darrell S. Mudd
Greg Maxwell
Chris Puffenbarger
Carl Risinger
Robert I. Smith II
Alice Steinke
Andrew Soltau
Dale Swygert

South Carolina Society Children of the American Revolution

University of South Carolina Chapter DAR