Jorge F. Arango (JFA) Trail

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  3.7 from 6 votes
greenBlue  Easy/Intermediate from 5 votes
Rank: #4 in the Upstate SC area
#39 in SC, #3,750 Overall
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Feb 23 Red - Wet. Trail closed.
Trail in the area near Slater-Marietta,
“Smooth-rolling, hard-pack singletrack trail that borders the perimeter of Pleasant Ridge County Park”
Timothy Parrish on May 1, 2014
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5.28.4 milesKilometers 712’217 m Ascent 1,397’426 m High 5% Avg Grade (3°)
Singletrack Type -707’-216 m Descent 1,048’319 m Low 25% Max Grade (14°)
Dogs: Leashed
Restrictions
Directional; changes direction monthly. Please see the big metal arrow sign for direction of travel. Hikers travel opposite direction of cyclists.
Overview
32:09 average time for 4.5 miles. Details

Description
This trail is dedicated to Jorge Francisco Arango. A generous man, awesome mountain biker, dog lover, and best friend to many. His friends and family along with JFA Foundation, SORBA volunteers, and Greenville County built this trail so that others may enjoy his favorite sport and his love for friends and dogs.

The trail begins at the first parking lot off to the right from the main park road. The trail starts across the paved road right next to the small creek. There are two wooden signs that mark the start of the trail.

The trail is mostly smooth-rolling, hard-packed singletrack. It is interspersed with a few rock gardens and contains a few tight off-camber switchbacks.

The trail begins with a slow, steady climb from the lower elevations of the park. It cuts through some tight new growth small-tree forest and gradually goes deeper into the park as the trail climbs the ridge. The highest point of the trail is about 2.5 miles in where the trail is very narrow in some areas and cuts through some very dense forest. In this area, there are a few nice large granite cliffs visible during the fall into the early spring before leaves obscure their view.

The trail then continues along the ridge behind Camp Spearhead, which is visible down to the left. The trail then ends with a slow, steady descent while passing through a fern grove over a short section of trail embedded with small logs. The trail ends abruptly at the main park road, which one must cross to get back to the parking lot.
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PHOTOS of Jorge F. Arango (JFA) Trail
  4.0 from 2 votes
Beautiful waterfall on Mill Creek. (Slater-Marietta, SC)
  3.5 from 2 votes
Trail quickly narrows and begins to feature roots and rocks. (Slater-Marietta, SC)
  3.5 from 2 votes
Impressive exposed rock ledge formation next to the trail. (Slater-Marietta, SC)
  3.5 from 2 votes
Steep rock drop exit of alternate high-line. (Slater-Marietta, SC)
  3.5 from 2 votes
Remnants of old home site. (Slater-Marietta, SC)
  3.0 from 3 votes
Alternate high-line on the right, only rideable in the counter-clockwise... (Slater-Marietta, SC)
  2.7 from 3 votes
Embedded rock pile in trail. (Slater-Marietta, SC)
  2.7 from 3 votes
Trail dedication marker. (Slater-Marietta, SC)
  2.7 from 3 votes
Trail beginning, running parallel to creek. (Slater-Marietta, SC)
  2.7 from 3 votes
Split/half-log bridge. (Slater-Marietta, SC)
  2.7 from 3 votes
Uphill curve. (Slater-Marietta, SC)
  2.7 from 3 votes
One of the few large rocks that can be seen on the trail. (Slater-Marietta, SC)
  2.3 from 3 votes
Trail crosses park access road here. (Slater-Marietta, SC)
  2.3 from 3 votes
Hike-a-bike section. Not ride-able. (Slater-Marietta, SC)
  2.3 from 3 votes
Entrance to Leroy Smith Nature Trail. (Slater-Marietta, SC)
  2.3 from 3 votes
Trail parallels main park entrance road here. (Slater-Marietta, SC)