Sumter National Forest, South Carolina
Forks Area Trail System - better known as FATS - is a testament to the power of a well-organized mountain bike club. The Southern Off- Road Bicycling Association (SORBA) has harnessed the power of more than1500 volunteer hours and grants totaling over $200,000 to create one of the Southeast's premier trail systems. "Beautifully built trails with swooping turns and rolling hills" raves one web review - and that's from a hiker's perspective! On a bike, the FATS trails flow with a perfect blend of technical challenge (Great Wall section) buttery singletrack (Skinny Loop) and high-flying fun (Brown Wave). Newcomers and experts alike can enjoy a model for purpose-built trails - all sharing the same tread, with minimal potential user conflicts. As such, the FATS represents a new standard for 21st century trails.
Location: Sumter National Forest, South Carolina
Directions: From McCormick, drive south on US221/SC28 for approximately 23.0 miles and turn left onto Woodlawn Road (McCormick County S-33-204). The parking area is on the right just beyond the junction with Deep Step Road (S-33-53). From I-20 Exit 1 (North Augusta), drive north on SC 230 for approximately 5.5 miles and turn left onto Woodlawn Road (S-19-53). The parking area is 3.8 miles on the left. From Augusta, drive north on SC 28 for approximately 8.5 miles and turn right onto Hopewell Church Road/Deep Step Road (S-33-112). Drive 3.3 miles and turn right onto Woodlawn Road and the parking area is on the right.
Length: Great Wall 7.7 miles, Skinny Loop 6.0 miles, Brown Wave 5.8 miles, and Deep Step 5.0 miles.
Terrain: A series of rolling loops through a thickly forested area. Generally beginner-friendly, but optional lines provide challenge for more experienced riders. The Great Wall trail may be difficult for beginners in places.
Local Club: SORBA-CSRA
IMBA Region: Southern Off-Road Bicycling Association (SORBA), http://www.sorba.org