Forks Area Trail System (FATS)

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Forks Area Trail System (FATS) is a 22.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Clarks Hill, South Carolina that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

22.6 miles
2096 feet

dogs on leash



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running





A series of loops through a thickly forested area provide a great hiking or mountain bike experience for all levels of hikers and riders. You can get a feel of the mountains where some of the higher elevations provide panoramic views and the thick vegetation provides a home for many birds and animals. Although it is hilly, you aren't going to find many climbs that require a lot of effort or dismounts. For experienced riders, there are many sections where you have a choice of just rolling through, or going to one side to jump, and sections of ripples where you can also roll through or get air between them. The Great Wall offers a more of a challenge for experienced riders and may be difficult for beginners in places. Do NOT ride or walk around areas where the trail bed has been stabilized by rock. After heavy rain sections may be closed.

22 days ago

this place is beautiful with a very diverse set of trails. There are a lot of mountain bikers but they share the trails very well. Love It!

2 months ago

Great hiking! But it's very popular for off-road biking. if you prefer not seeing many people, a mid week hike is suggested.

mountain biking
5 months ago

Superbly built trail system with fast, flowy descents and some decent climbing. My favorite trail is the Brown Wave with its pine trees and well groomed turns.

6 months ago

Favorite hiking area.

7 months ago

Great beginner mountain biking trails

8 months ago

The trails are well kept and the amount of different trails make it so that I was never bored.

mountain biking
9 months ago

mountain biking
Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Awesome place to bike. Trails are great a lot of options without any big climbs. Brown wave is my favorite. Wouldn't recommend hiking it with all the bikers.

Monday, March 13, 2017

These trails are fun and swoopy. Not too much climbing. Big Wave is a blast! Went to the north trails too - Tower and Big Rock Loop. No mention here of the parking available for these trails. Parking can be found on the road that connects Woodlawn to Hopewell Church Road. Avoids a 7 mile road ride to get to these two trails.

Monday, February 27, 2017

When the weather is nice the main FATS trails get busy. For a little less traffic Big Rock & Tower are a great option. NW of the main FATS trailhead.
If you want the most elevation gain Deep Step is a good one. A bit more technical so not as many MTB riders if you are hiking.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

We hiked the Skinny. It was ok, not very scenic. It was all burnt barren woods. Mainly a biking trail. No animals or views.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Well maintained single track with moderate elevation changes throughout. Seems to get busy middays, empty in the morning hours. Good hike overall. I think rating it as "moderate" is overstating the difficulty level though

mountain biking
Saturday, December 31, 2016

Was only able to ride on one trail but it was great! Nice downhills, not too technical. Some nice windy sections to keep you on your toes. Nice scenery and even deer. Highly recommend.

mountain biking
Monday, December 26, 2016

Great riding, I will riding these trails again soon.

mountain biking
Friday, December 23, 2016

Excellent trails, will definitely be back for more

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Love it! Great for hiking or biking.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

awesome trails.

mountain biking
Monday, May 16, 2016

Awesome trail. Worth the drive.

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

This trailhead is temporarily closed.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

fun trip with the family

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The family and I loved the trail. We took the dogs out with us and we all had a great hike going around Deep Step. Will have to check the other trails later on.

trail running
Saturday, January 30, 2016

Great run but hard work

mountain biking
Wednesday, December 02, 2015

I didn't expect the mountain bike trail to be so awesome! I am a beginner with a non-suspension bike. I have VERY good rims and that's the only thing that saved me, Hahahaha! I did the skinny and wore my butt out. I survived, but my forks not so much. I'll be back with some suspension! I've ridden two other trails in different states, but this was the most gratifying!

Monday, September 07, 2015

Good day with the family and dog did the skinny and now are legs are feeling it the dog has never been happier

road biking
Sunday, August 09, 2015

Awesome. First time riding FATS. Rode Great Wall. Very nice, beautiful and challenging. Kept my attention.

mountain biking
Monday, June 01, 2015

Really thrilling. As a beginner, these are great!

mountain biking
Saturday, February 14, 2015

If you're accustomed to mountain biking in the mtns, this will be somewhat of a let down. That being said, these trails are very well kept and easy to ride. There are some fast areas and some great places to get some air. The trails can get VERY congested on nice weekends. If you're up for a real adventure, grab a few buddies, strap on some headlamps and ride the trails at night.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Hiked Skinny Loop. It is 6 miles, and I took approximately 2.5 hours to complete it. It is well marked with mile markers along the way! I must note that the distance from the trailhead to the loop is roughly a mile, which adds on almost 2 miles total.This isn't a problem unless you are like me and come later in the day - I was racing to finish before the sun completely set! Other than that, the inclines and declines were easily manageable, and the scenery is pretty great. Definitely feels like the National Forest it is!

mountain biking
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

My family and I rode the Skinny and loved it. To live hours from the mountains, it was a great treat to find FATS.

Sunday, January 05, 2014

This trail system is incredible! Just hiked here for the first time yesterday with my oldest daughter (10). We hiked the Skinny Loop and it was great. Very good introduction to hiking for my daughter, and still enjoyable for more seasoned hikers. Can't wait to mark off the rest of these loops. Very well maintained. Clearly marked signage. Overall a lovely experience.

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