# 16 - Bicycle the Jericho
19 miles, round-trip, loop
Get ready for a challenge with the Francis
Trail! Hence its namesake, it was designed
for equestrians, but is open and encouraged
for hikers and bikers. You'll ride through
many otherworldly looking swamps, see
palm fronds, small ponds and long leaf
pine forests. This trail switches things up
-nearly every mile. Bring your camera for
-some epic adventure photos! Read and
-study the important information below.
Distance: 19 miles, round-trip, loop.
TAKE THIS SERIOUS: Don't underestimate this trail's distance. It has many sections of energy draining roots,
holes, boggy/wet areas and obstacles. There are areas of trail where you might be pushing your bike. Study
the map and determine if a shorter in-and-out ride might be more appropriate for your skill level. It's also recommended that you download the map to your phone or print a copy in case you need to leave the trail,
and ride on a forest road or highway back to your vehicle.
Time: 3 - 5 hours.
Trail Surface: Dirt, natural surface, almost always wet/muddy areas.
Trail Marker: Follow BLUE blazes. There is good signage on the trail. In some sections, you'll see white
blazes too. This trail shares part of the Palmetto Trail.
Bike Type: Mountain/trail bikes with minimum 2.0" knobby tires; wider tires are best for this trail.
Precautions: Biting insects can be formidable in the warmer months. Bring insect repellent. This area is wet
nearly year-round. You might get your shoes wet/muddy. IMPORTANT: Bikers must yield to horseback
riders. Step off the trail and stop!
It's advised to wear "hunter's orange" or other bright colored clothing during hunting season.
Jericho Horse Trail Trailhead: 6369 SC-41, Cordesville, SC 29434. GPS: 33.200822, -79.765446 or 33°12'03.0"N 79°45'55.6"W. Google Maps recognizes "Jericho Horse Trail."
Contacts: Francis Marion National Forest 843-336-2200. Some of this trail is shared with the Palmetto Trail
843-359-8775 or 803-771-0590.