Mountain Bike Trails 

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UPCOUNTRY - Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg MIDLANDS - Abbeville, Aiken, Chester, Chesterfield, Edgefield, Fairfield, Greenwood, Kershaw, Lancaster, Laurens, Lexington, McCormick, Newberry, Richland, Saluda, Union, York LOWCOUNTRY - Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Berkeley, Beaufort, Calhoun, Charleston, Clarendon, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry, Jasper, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Orangeburg, Sumter, Williamsburg


NOTE: Information about Mountain Bike trails follows the trail listings.

 

UPCOUNTRY

Anderson County

Sadlers Creek State Recreation Area

Bike (4 miles)

Greenville County

Paris Mountain State Park

Brissy Ridge (2.6 miles)
Firetower Road (1.6 miles)
Kanuga (2.0 miles)
Mountain Creek (1.2 miles)
North Lake (1.6 miles)
Pipsissewa (1.0 mile)
Turtle (0.5 mile)

Timmons Park Mtn Bike (1.8 miles)

Oconee County

Oconee Connector of the Palmetto Trail (3.2 miles)

Pickens County

Clemson Experimental Forest

Dalton Road (5.0 miles)
Figure Eight at Holly Springs (5.2 miles)

Issaqueena Lake (7.8 miles)

Fant's Grove

Fants Grove Lake (4.3 miles)
Johnstone/Fox (4.3)

Lawrence (2.2 miles)
Quarry (5.9 miles)
Swine Farm (2.6 miles)

Spartanburg County

Blue Wall Passage of the Palmetto Trail  (14 miles)

Croft Passage of the Palmetto Trail (12.6 miles)

Croft State Natural Area (10.5 miles)

MIDLANDS

Abbeville County

Long Cane Ranger District

Cedar Springs OHV (11 miles)
Long Cane Horse (23.0 miles)
Parson's Mountain OHV (12.6 miles)

Chester County

Enoree Ranger District

Woods Ferry Horse (9 miles)

Chesterfield County

Cheraw State Recreation Area

Cheraw Mtn Bike (9.2 miles)

Edgefield County

Long Cane Ranger District

Horn Creek Mtn. Bike (5.7 miles)
FATS (Forks Area Trail System) (24.5 miles)

Laurens County

Enoree Ranger District

Enoree OHV (18.8 miles)

Lexington County

Saluda Shoals Park  (.8 mile paved, 1.1 miles dirt)

McCormick County

Baker Creek State Park

Mountain Bike (10.0 miles)

Hamilton Branch Connector (0.3 mile)

Hickory Knob State Resort Park

Beaver Run (2.5 miles)
Lakeview Loop (7.2 miles)
Turkey Ridge (1.7 miles) 

Long Cane Ranger District

Stevens Creek (5.5 miles)
Turkey Creek (12.5 miles)

Newberry County

Lynches Woods Hiking/Mt. Biking (7.5 miles)

Brickhouse Recreation Area

Buncombe (28 miles)

Enoree Passage of the Palmetto Trail (14 miles)

Richland County

Fort Jackson Passage of the Palmetto Trail (14miles)

Harbison State Forest

Firebreak (4.0 miles)
Midlands Mountain Multiple Use (3.7 miles)
Stewardship (3.0 miles)

Sesquicentennial State Park

Sesqui Mountain Bike (6.1 miles)

Union County

Blackstock Battlefield Passage of the Palmetto Trail  (1.5 miles)

York County

Anne Springs Close Greenway (7.9)

Historic Brattonsville

Bratton (4 miles)

Waterford (1.2 miles)

LOW COUNTRY

Beaufort County

Hunting Island State Park

Island (8.0 miles)

Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge (14.0 miles of trails)

Pinckney Island Main (3.5 miles)

Berkeley County

Jericho Horse (19.0 miles)

Lake Moultrie Passage of Palmetto Trail  (26.0 miles)

Wambaw Cycle (40.0 miles)

Charleston County

Charleston

West Ashley Greenway (10.5 miles)

Francis Marion National Forest

South Tibwin (5.0 miles)

Santee Coastal Reserve

Bike/Hike (7.2 miles)
Marshland (2.9 miles)

South Tibwin (5.0 miles)

Charleston/Berkeley County

Francis Marion National Forest

Swamp Fox Passage of Palmetto Trail (42.0 miles)

Clarendon County

Lake Marion Passage of the Palmetto Trail (25 miles)

Santee National Wildlife Refuge - Cuddo Unit

Cuddo Unit Bike (8.7 miles)

Dorchester County

Sawmill Branch Bike/Hike (6.5 miles)

Colleton County

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area

Backwater (1.5 miles)
Boynton (3.0 miles)
Donnelley WMA Cycling/Driving (10.4 miles)

Swamp Fox Passage of Palmetto Trail (42.0 miles)

Orangeburg County

Eutaw Springs Passage of the Palmetto Trail (18 miles)

Santee State Park

Bike/Hiking (7.5 miles)

Santee Passage of the Palmetto Trail (11 miles)

Sumter County

High Hills of Santee Passage of Palmetto Trail (14 miles)

Manchester State Forest

Campbell Pond (2.6 miles)
Hardcore (2.5 miles)
Killer 3 Loop (10.0 miles)
Poinsett Connector (2.5 miles)

Sumter

Cypress Trail (5.0 miles)

Trail Information

With terrain ranging from flat Coastal swamps, to steep boulder-choked ravines in the Appalachian foothills, South Carolina offers mountain bike trails for riders of all abilities
and inclinations. South Carolina's off-road trails provide some of the most diverse riding opportunities on the East Coast, from more than 150 miles of trails through rolling hills
near the scenic Savannah River, to miles of challenging single-track just minutes from
the State capital.

The finished sections of the Palmetto Trail present a challenge to ride from the coast to Poinsett State Park, a distance of approximately 145 miles. Riding some sections of the Palmetto Trail demand special preparation, because the water table is so high you’ll likely find long sections of ground where rainfall “pools.” Sometimes, the riding here is just plain wet… unless you opt to balance across narrow, raised platforms made from split telephone poles. 

Although you can find challenging trails in the hills north of Greenville and Clemson, some of the State’s best riding occurs in an area known as the Upper Savannah Valley, where there are 25 trails with some 150 miles open to mountain bikers. 

Finally, with four trails and 20 miles of challenging single-track 10 minutes from downtown Columbia, Harbison State Forest rightly ranks among the State’s most popular mountain biking destinations. 

National and State forests provide most of the off-road trail riding opportunities in South Carolina, but you will also find trails within some State parks, the Anne Springs Close Greenway, Santee Cooper property, and the Clemson University Experimental Forest. Many of these trails were built and are maintained by volunteers from local bike clubs. There may be restrictions at some of these trails and some may charge users fees. For information, or to become involved, please contact the trail owner/ manager listed in the trail description under the heading: "Information."

 

 

International Mountain
Bike Association (IMBA)
Rules of the Trail

  • Ride on open trails only         

  • Leave no trace

  • Control your bicycle

  • Always yield the trail

  • Never frighten animals

  • Plan ahead

Other Considerations on the Trail

  • Pack out what you pack in

  • Always wear a helmet

  • If possible, ride with a partner for safety

  • Respect private property

  • Avoid destroying or removing any natural features

  • Call ahead to be sure of restrictions and fee requirements

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