Parson's Mountain Motorcycle Trail Left Loop

McCormick, South Carolina

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Combine this ride with the Right Loop for a total of 11.6 miles. You’ll find longer, more gradual climbs along with exhilarating descents during the first few miles; the home stretch parallels U.S. Highway 28 and is flat cruising with lots of mudholes. The trail travels through hardwood bottoms, creek drainages, and pine plantations. My riding partner on this loop considered Parson’s some of the best mountain biking in the state. Indeed, the rolling hills, berms, and whoop-dee-do’s are great, but you must catch this trail when conditions are right or you’ll be hub deep in mud. Parson’s, designed for recreational motorcycles, was the site of the South Carolina State Mountain Bike Championships during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Quality trail exists, but an extended dry period along with a quiet weekday are essential for a good ride. Part of the fun on a motorcycle trail is dodging the mudholes. Picking the best line will keep you on the bike. Other technical sections include steeps, roots, and loose rock. The bermed corners can be ridden particularly fast. After the ride, drive into the recreation area and take a swim. Tread: Singletrack with 0.3 mile on gravel road.

Parson's Mountain Motorcycle Trail (Left Loop) Professional Review and Guide

"Combine this ride with the Right Loop for a total of 11.6 miles. You’ll find longer, more gradual climbs along with exhilarating descents during the first few miles; the home stretch parallels U.S. Highway 28 and is flat cruising with lots of mudholes. The trail travels through hardwood bottoms, creek drainages, and pine plantations. My riding partner on this loop considered Parson’s some of the best mountain biking in the state. Indeed, the rolling hills, berms, and whoop-dee-do’s are great, but you must catch this trail when conditions are right or you’ll be hub deep in mud.

Parson’s, designed for recreational motorcycles, was the site of the South Carolina State Mountain Bike Championships during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Quality trail exists, but an extended dry period along with a quiet weekday are essential for a good ride. Part of the fun on a motorcycle trail is dodging the mudholes. Picking the best line will keep you on the bike. Other technical sections include steeps, roots, and loose rock. The bermed corners can be ridden particularly fast. After the ride, drive into the recreation area and take a swim. Tread: Singletrack with 0.3 mile on gravel road."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: McCormick
Distance: 4.6
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Long Cane Ranger District, Sumter National Forest, (803) 637-5396
Local Maps: USGS Verdery; a map with both loops is available from the Forest Service.
Driving Directions: Directions to Parson's Mountain Motorcycle Trail (Left Loop)

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May 2018