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Sugarloaf Mountain, a traditional gathering place for over a century, is maintained on Sand Hills State Forest as a family recreational area. Known locally as "The Mountain", Sugarloaf is an unusual geological phenomenon towering a hundred feet above the surrounding terrain.
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 Barrens Wagon Trail is in service (though not used often). 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.
Note: You will need a permit for trail activity on Sand Hills State Forest for Horseback Riding. Permits are not required for hikers using the trails. These permits can be obtained from the Sand Hills State Forest Headquarters.
Hours: Dawn to duskDirections:
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 in 1 mile.
Sand Hills State Forest Headquarters is located on Highway 1 near Patrick. The Forest Headquarters is open Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM.