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Jorge F. Arango (JFA) Trail

Intermediate
 4.4 (56)

Smooth-rolling, hard-pack singletrack trail that borders the perimeter of Pleasant Ridge County Park


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5.8

Miles

9.3

KM

Singletrack

1,390' 424 m

High

1,043' 318 m

Low

792' 241 m

Up

768' 234 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

26%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Features -none-

Directional; changes direction monthly. Please see the big metal arrow sign for direction of travel. Hikers travel opposite direction of cyclists. Night riding until 10 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays permitted. Night riding in any direction permitted. One Way Only: This is designated as a directional trail.

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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Timothy Parrish with improvements by Mimi Frawley

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  4.4 from 56 votes

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Beautiful waterfall on Mill Creek.
Dec 16, 2015 near Slater-…, SC
Remnants of old home site.
Dec 16, 2015 near Slater-…, SC
Trail quickly narrows and begins to feature roots and rocks.
Dec 16, 2015 near Slater-…, SC
Steep rock drop exit of alternate high-line.
Dec 16, 2015 near Slater-…, SC
Impressive exposed rock ledge formation next to the trail.
Dec 16, 2015 near Slater-…, SC
Uphill curve.
May 1, 2014 near Slater-…, SC

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Aug 1, 2020
Kevin Stephens
May 31, 2020
Kevin Stephens
Mar 7, 2020
Ronald Münch
Jan 1, 2020
Alex P
Nov 13, 2019
Tom McGraw
Nice loop little bit of everything nothing super technical.
Sep 15, 2019
Mark B
May 27, 2019
Lost Justpastnowhere
May 14, 2019
Tara Barker
Great Ride 5.5mi — 1h 20m