Turkey Creek Trail South

Parksville, South Carolina

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Come ride the banks of Turkey and Steven’s creeks. Much of the time, this shaded trail follows the bluff just above the water; occasionally, the trail leaves the river to explore a cove or climb a small ridge. Swimming holes along the broad, slow-moving rivers invite the summer visitor. The forest consists of large hardwood trees and little undergrowth; cypress and oak grow at the river’s edge. In addition to great scenery, Turkey Creek’s excellent singletrack serves up some fun technical moves. You’ll encounter a dozen wooden bridges, many that require a pop-a-wheelie on the approach. Enjoy tight switchbacks, log jumps, a set of whoop-dee-do’s, and several wet crossings. Unfortunately, the trail is in need of some repair. One bridge was out when I rode Turkey Creek, and the last 2 miles were overgrown in places. Nevertheless, the trail deserves two thumbs up! Note: Many riders make a loop by following a network of Forest Service roads back to Key Bridge. Contact the Long Cane Ranger District of Sumter National Forest for a map of the area. Tread: Singletrack.

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"Come ride the banks of Turkey and Steven’s creeks. Much of the time, this shaded trail follows the bluff just above the water; occasionally, the trail leaves the river to explore a cove or climb a small ridge. Swimming holes along the broad, slow-moving rivers invite the summer visitor. The forest consists of large hardwood trees and little undergrowth; cypress and oak grow at the river’s edge. In addition to great scenery, Turkey Creek’s excellent singletrack serves up some fun technical moves.

You’ll encounter a dozen wooden bridges, many that require a pop-a-wheelie on the approach. Enjoy tight switchbacks, log jumps, a set of whoop-dee-do’s, and several wet crossings. Unfortunately, the trail is in need of some repair. One bridge was out when I rode Turkey Creek, and the last 2 miles were overgrown in places. Nevertheless, the trail deserves two thumbs up! Note: Many riders make a loop by following a network of Forest Service roads back to Key Bridge. Contact the Long Cane Ranger District of Sumter National Forest for a map of the area. Tread: Singletrack."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Parksville
Distance: 7.5
Trail Type: Shuttle
Technical Difficulty: Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Long Cane Ranger District, Sumter National Forest, (803) 637-5396
Local Maps: USGS Parksville; a map is available from the Forest Service
Driving Directions: Directions to Turkey Creek Trail (South)

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May 2018