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Mountain Biking South Carolina
by Nicole Blouin (Falcon Guides)
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Excellent Trail, I liked it very much, the guides of Trails.com definitely helped me although I wish they post the actual address of the trails so we can enter it easier on GPS devices.
I was delayed due to another fella flipping and breaking his nose and then took the last 2 miles of the trail (technical side) and it was going to be dark soon, rolled over a snake without noticing it until I was passed over her, it was a black one but I did not stop to find out which kind was it so be carefull.
other than that the trail offers really nice views of the woods and good technical challenges but not too difficult.
I live 8 miles from what is now called Southside Park. The trail as listed in the Falcon book has been expanded and changed a lot. There is the Southside Loop: a 10 mile trail that has moderate to more difilcult challenges to it and then there is Fern Gully and Centerline that are a little easier and shorter. Then if you are feeling advanced try Outlaw and Utah. Highly recommended if you are in the area or passing thru to go to Pisgah. Check the Bikeworx.net site for more info and maps. Eric at BikeWorx can give you all the info you need about these great trails.
For the area (not mountains) this is a great trail. Moderately technical overall, steep quick climbs, fast downhills, an eight to ten foot drop in and a bermed section along the river that lets you lay your bike over almost parallel with the ground if you're going fast enough. The guys that built and maintain this trail have done a great job. There are two main loops a five mile and eleven mile loop both with optional side trails. There are signs at five or six points along the trail to let you know where you are on the loop. Unlike John's review I thought the woods were beautiful. I rode the trail twice this week and saw over ten deer and all other kinds of wildlife. Outside of the mountains very few trails have the variety this trail offers.
This trail is for when you don't have time to go to the mountains or Issaquena. Start at the right end of the parking lot (first trial you see when you pull in). The first part of the trial is extremely tight and twisty. Eventually you come to the river and ride beside the river for quite a ways. This section is really fast if you want it to be. There is potential to launch into the river if one is not carefull though. After the river there are some quick ups and downs which are pretty steep. The trail ends under the powerlines, steep and fast. This trail is pretty good for its location, but it seriously lacks in asstetic value. It's called tour de dump for a reason.
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