Best Mountain Biking in South Carolina

This list represents the most popular mountain biking in South Carolina. Use this list to plan your next South Carolina mountain biking trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Issaqueena Lake Trail


This trail is the most popular ride at Issaqueena Lake, and for good reason. The extremely fast singletrack combined with the scenic miles along the lake make an excellent ride. Before you begin this…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking South Carolina"
Clemson, SC - Mountain Biking - 7.8 miles Best Trail in sc - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#2. West Ashley Greenway


West Ashley Greenway parallels U.S. Highway 17 from South Windermere Shopping Center to Main Road, a few hundred yards short of the drawbridge over to Johns Island. This linear, grassy trail, once l…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking South Carolina"
Charleston, SC - Mountain Biking - 21 miles Best Trail in sc - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#3. Tour de Dump


The parking lot at Southside has been packed recently. The main loop is well marked with orange blazes and circles one of the county’s landfills. This ride begins along a powerline cut, but soon enter…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking South Carolina"
Spartanburg, SC - Mountain Biking - 5.6 miles
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#4. Harbison Loop


Combine the forest’s three loops and you have the locals’ favorite ride. Use Firebreak West as an entrance trail and the Firebreak East as an exit trail for this loop. You can ride the main gravel roa…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking South Carolina"
Columbia, SC - Mountain Biking - 9.3 miles
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#5. Lynches Woods Bike Trail


This new trail is getting a lot of traffic out of Columbia. While there are horse trails in the area, this loop is designated for hikers and bikers only. The ride offers many technical challenges, tak…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking South Carolina"
Newberry, SC - Mountain Biking - 6.1 miles
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#6. Timmons Park Mountain Bike Trail


The Greenville Spinners built this trail with the intent of having a practice ground close to home for after-work and lunch-hour workouts. Most locals use the trail on weekdays, riding the loop three…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking South Carolina"
Greenville, SC - Mountain Biking - 1.8 miles
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#7. Springfield Loop


Springfield Loop packs a lot of punch in its 3.3 miles. The back side of the loop includes short steeps, technical descents, and difficult creek crossings. You will ride through upland forest, inclu…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking South Carolina"
Rock Hill, SC - Mountain Biking - 3.3 miles
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#8. Horn Creek Trail


Many mountain bikers consider Horn Creek Trail the most popular ride in Sumter National Forest. The excellent singletrack is definitely the Forest Service’s pride and joy. The scenery of this rolling…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking South Carolina"
Modoc, SC - Mountain Biking - 5.7 miles
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#9. Sesqui Mountain Bike Trail


The Sesqui Mountain Bike Trail’s proximity to Columbia and accessibility from three major interstates adds to its popularity. The sandy singletrack was built on a terraced area of the park, and you ca…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking South Carolina"
Columbia, SC - Mountain Biking - 6.1 miles
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#10. Firetower Trail


elevation 1,555 feet) to the top of Paris Mountain (1,978 feet). There is no longer a firetower on the summit, only the abandoned foundation of the caretaker’s house. Most mountain bikers come to Pari…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking South Carolina"
Greenville, SC - Mountain Biking - 3.2 miles
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#11. Pinckney Island Ride


Pinckney, the largest of five islands in the refuge and the only one open to the public, is popular with runners, walkers, bicyclists, photographers, and bird watchers. A gravel road and a grassy path…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking South Carolina"
Ridgeland, SC - Mountain Biking - 6.8 miles
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#12. Killer Three Loop


Mountain bikers have been racing in Manchester State Forest for ten years. After Hurricane Hugo in 1989, the current loop was built and is maintained by the Sumter Chain Gang Cycling Club. The club, a…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking South Carolina"
Sumter, SC - Mountain Biking - 7.5 miles
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#13. Swamp Fox Trail


The Swamp Fox Trail, part of South Carolina’s rail-trail system, follows old railroad logging trams for much of its length. You will need some patience to deal with the jolting of one bumpy stretch ca…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking South Carolina"
Charleston, SC - Mountain Biking - 13.3 miles
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#14. Sand Hills Mountain Bike Trail


On this tight, sandy singletrack, you will constantly rub elbows with pine trees. The challenges of this action-packed loop include 90-degree turns, difficult log crossings, and a new 40-foot bridge o…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking South Carolina"
Florence, SC - Mountain Biking - 8 miles
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#15. Lake Moultrie Passage


This long trail incorporates Santee-Cooper’s dike system to provide a flat ride around the northern half of Lake Moultrie. You will be rewarded with views across the lake when you reach the top of Eas…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking South Carolina"
Charleston, SC - Mountain Biking - 60 miles
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#16. Bike / Hike Trail


On the Bike/Hike Trail, you’ll explore a range of habitats as you parallel the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and loop around on a dike system. The impounded waters provide a valuable food source fo…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking South Carolina"
Georgetown, SC - Mountain Biking - 7.4 miles
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#17. Enoree Off-Highway Vehicle Trail


This ride is one of five interconnecting loops called the Enoree Off-Highway Vehicle Trail. A rough sketch of the complete route, distributed by the Forest Service, gives you another 15 miles to explo…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking South Carolina"
Clinton, SC - Mountain Biking - 4 miles
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#18. Fants Grove Lake Trail


Follow the shoreline of Lake Hartwell in and out of several wooded coves on this short, technical loop. Seed Orchard Road takes you down to a point on Lake Hartwell. Take a swim before you begin the s…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking South Carolina"
Clemson, SC - Mountain Biking - 4.3 miles
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#19. Buncombe Trail


The Palmetto Trail uses this section of the Buncombe Trail to cross the Sumter Passage. The passage will eventually traverse the southern half of the ranger district. Enjoy this 9.1-mile ride, and if…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking South Carolina"
Clinton, SC - Mountain Biking - 18.2 miles
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#20. Midlands Mountain Trail


The Midlands Mountain Trail, the oldest loop at Harbison, used to lie in the floodplain of the Broad River, and occasionally, in years past, part of the trail has been inundated. A new section of trai…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking South Carolina"
Columbia, SC - Mountain Biking - 3.6 miles
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