very nice single track that very much lives up to it's moderate rating, well maintained with a fairly smooth ride I must admit I only biked 5 miles but I really liked what the trail had to offer. Will definitely be back after hunting season to take in all this system has to give.
I see there has not been a review for 2 years. I figure I'd give an update. Well, it can't be a good one. The trail is still in need of maintenance. Not just because of down'd trees, but there are so few markers and no signs leading hikers to the tower at the top, which you cannot go up into. We got turned about along with others, but found our way eventually. (Go where the arrows tell you! The trail around the pound/lake is currently impassable due to over-growth of tall thick reed grass. There were signs of wild hogs in the grass, but saw no actual hogs. The area was quiet however without a lot of people on the trail. Just needs better signs and some tender loving care.
Fast, come to the trail in good shape to experience the flow. The faster you go the more it grows on you. There are two forest service water facilities. One at Parson's Mountain Lake and the other at Fell Hunt Camp. Fell has a 3$ fee. Locals park at NE corner at a small parking area, (no facilities).( https://goo.gl/maps/RNAzFWaeMCs ) Copy, paste the link in google maps. Trail is well maintained, very hard and fast. Hills are typical for this part of South Carolina, mainly short and steep. Most of the area is forested in mature pine or majestic hardwood, very pretty area.
great area to hike or bike. hiked around 5 miles on a very nice trail. the united states largest hickory tree is located here. we didnt see a single person the whole day out. we hiked around 6 miles on a cold day with our kids. had an awesome day. be weary of wild hogs. we ran into an entire pack of them. definitely a tense moment. but they left us alone.
Nice little hike, but the trail needs some maintenance. At one stream crossing, the bridge is washed out and hikers need to figure out their own way across. Some trail markers are difficult to see. The old gold mines are interesting.
Hiked this with my 10 year old daughter in April 2011. Only saw 1 other couple on the trail 50 yards in then never again. Trail was in pretty good shape just had to scramble over a couple of down trees. The abandoned gold mines were intriguing and worth the hike itself. The firetower at the top of the "mountain" was present but there was no toilet/portolet like the guidebooks said. Also no view, although if it had been winter the view might have better.
Great day of mountain bike riding. Covered a fair amount of the trail on an incredibly hot day...but still a great ride. Great single track with a good variation of up and down sections. This is a multiple use trail...keep an eye open for horses, hikers and mountain bikes. If you park at the Fell Camp Natl Park, there is a $3/ per car day use fee. There is a camp attendant and he is 'persistant'!