Multi-Use Trail
Long Cane Horse
(Sumter National Forest)


Located within Sumter National Forest near Greenwood, this white blazed 25-mile loop is a popular destination for hikers and equestrians alike. From its trailhead at the Fell Hunt Camp, the Long Cane Trail dives into the woods and traverses a rich and rolling forest of oak, pine, and hickory. It is considered moderately difficult and since you ride mostly on forest floor with pine needles over red clay, finding your way near the end can prove challenging. The varied terrain includes many dips and climbs, plus abundant creek crossings, including one at Big Curltail Creek that can prove difficult. You will also encounter some dirt, gravel, and paved roads. Among the more interesting points along the way are the original Charleston Road, built in 1825 and for many years a throughway for stagecoach service. At one point, the trail enters the Long Cane Scenic Area. Protected from logging and left largely untouched, this area is a reminder of how all of the forest must have once looked. Still, the Long Cane Trail doesn’t see an extraordinary amount of use except for near the trailhead.

Horses must be shod. Since these trails are shared, you may encounter hikers or mountain bikers. Insect repellent is recommended during warm months.

Length: 25-mile loop

Fees: At Fell Hunt Camp, parking is $3 per day or $25 a year. Camping sites are $5 per night. Users must obtain a special permit for camping and organized group rides of 12 or more. Weekly and monthly rates are available.

Directions: From Greenwood: Drive south on McCormick Highway (SC 10) 7.7 miles and turn right onto Cedar Springs Road (Greenwood County S-24-47) and the Fell Hunt Club is 2.4 miles on the left.  

From Abbeville: Drive south on Cedar Springs South (Abbeville County S -1- 33) for 8.0 miles. Bear left onto Cedar Springs Road (Greenwood County S-24-47) and the Fell Hunt Club is 1.5 miles on the right.

Hours: Year-round. (Check with the Forest Service office for hours during hunting season).

Camping: There are 40 equestrian sites (with hitching posts and tie rails) that can accommodate six people each. The sites allow convenient access to chemical toilets and two public access spigots. Required permits can be obtained from the Forest Service district office.

Information: Sumter National Forest, Long Cane Ranger District, 810 Buncombe St., Edgefield, SC, 29824. Telephone: 803-637-5396

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