Horse Trail
Sugarloaf Mountain Area

(Sand Hills State Forest)

H. Cooper Black Jr. Field Trial Area Trail Map

Pine Barron Trail Map

Sugar Loaf Mountain Trail Map

These easy riding trails take you through a rolling sand hills area. You will ride on trails of red clay and patches of white sand through an assorted forest of new and old growth dogwoods, pine, and hardwoods. During your ride you may encounter deer, fox squirrels, turkey, and possibly an elusive red cockaded woodpecker. All of the trails have something special.  The Pine Barons Wagon Trail is in service (though not used often).  The map shows the proximity of the other trails to each other.  This trail is unique in that it was devoted to horse drawn wagons and buggies. Occasional creeks along the trails provide water for your horse, but even though there are facilities at the trailheads, due to the length of these trails, you might want to carry water for yourself.

Horses do not have to be shod. During warm months, insect repellant is also recommended.

Length: Sugarloaf Horse 20 miles, H. Cooper Black 18 miles, Pine Barons Horse 27 miles, and Pine Barons Wagon 27 miles.

Fees: $5 per day or $25 per year.  Riders under 16 can ride free if accompanied by a permit holder. You must have your permit with you while riding!  Permits can now be purchased online at

Directions: To the Sand Hills State Forest Headquarters: From Bishopville, drive north on SC 341 to Bethune. Turn right onto US 1 and drive to McBee. From McBee drive 10 miles and turn left onto Chesterfield County S­13­29. Drive 4.5 miles and turn right onto a sand road. The trailhead is 1 mile.

To the H. Cooper Black Recreation Area: From Bishopville, drive north on SC 341 to Bethune. Turn right onto US 1 and drive to Patrick. From Patrick drive 6.5 miles and turn right onto Chesterfield­Society Hill Road (S­13­20). Drive 4 miles and turn left onto a gravel road. The trailhead is .2 mile.

Hours: Dawn to dusk.

Camping: Camping is available at the State Forest Headquarters Area, H. Cooper Black Recreation Area, and Cheraw State Park.

Information: Sand Hills State Forest, 16218 Hwy 1, Patrick, SC, 29584. Telephone: 843-498-6478.  Hours 8:00-4:00 Monday-Friday.

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