Located within Sumter National Forest near Greenwood, this white
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.
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.
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
Year-round. (Check with the Forest Service office for hours during hunting season).
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.
Long Cane Ranger District, 810 Buncombe St., Edgefield, SC, 29824.
January 30, 2008
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