Modoc (Stevens Creek)

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Trail Activities: t

  • Hike
  • Mountain Bike

Length:

5.5 miles

Type:

One Way

Surface:

Natural, Packed Clay

Difficulty: Difficult

Trail Features: t

  • Parking
  • Pets
  • No Fee
  • Camping

Summary:

This trail is located in the southeastern part of the Long Cane Ranger District. Visitors enjoy the option of riding the 5.5-mile Modoc Trail, the 12-mile Turkey/Wine Trail, or exploring them both on the same day. This linear trail provides beautiful views of the Stevens Creek area corridor.

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You can start this moderately difficult, well maintained out-and-back trail from a parking area at Modoc Bridge or Hamilton Branch State Park. For mountain bikers it is considered a technical trail with some steep climbs, many tight switchbacks, and tricky stream crossings. You will plunge down a rugged, rocky slope (the first of many), navigate flat rocks through a cool running stream, and traverse the deep, quiet forest in the rolling hills along Steven’s Creek. From the top of a ridge, you will see the rushing water below.

The trail ends at the private property line where a firebreak is mowed just to the left on an uphill slope. If you elect to start from Hamilton Branch State Park, you will be on county and Forest Service roads until you reach the main trail (Use caution when crossing US 221). Always stay on the main trail, especially during hunting season, and since this trail is quite isolated in places, take proper safety precautions, including carrying water and first aid supplies. Mosquito repellent is a must during warm weather. Watch for snakes and other wildlife.

Camping: Hamilton Branch State Park - Call 1-866-345-PARK (7275) or go online at www.SouthCarolinaParks.com to make your reservations today!

Directions:

From Edgefield: Drive west on SC 23 for approximately 16.5 miles. The trailhead is on the right just after you cross the bridge over Steven’s Creek (Modoc Bridge) at the Edgefield/McCormick county line. An optional trailhead is at Hamilton Branch State Recreation Area. Continue driving on SC 23 and turn right onto US 221. Drive approximately 1.9 miles and the park entrance is on the left.

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Sumter National Forest | Long Cane Ranger District | 810 Buncombe Street, Edgefield, SC 29824 | (803) 637-5396 | Email

Hamilton Branch State Park | 111 Campground Road, Plum Branch, SC 29845 | (864) 333-2223

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Lat: 33.74357731969115
Long: -82.18560633874513