Forks Area Trail System (FATS)

4.75 out of 5
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↑ 6,300 ft
↓ 6,000 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
This trail system is an epic addition to the Sumter National Forest area trails. Amazing singletrack with great flow, tons of jumps, and fast terrain. Minimal climbing makes this a good trail for beginners while experts can test their cornering and jumping skills. Four loops at this time range in length from 5-8 miles each. Worth the drive from just about anywhere, you'll want to ride every inch of trail before you leave! Thanks SORBA!
added by Jeff BarberWorld Champ July 2, 2007
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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System Trails (6)
System Trails (6)
Tower Loop
Big Rock Loop
Deep Step Loop
Great Wall Loop
Skinny Loop
Brown Wave
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Recent Trail Check-ins     (84 total check-ins)
  ABW928   5 days ago
  ABW928   on May 31, 2015
  jhunt1911   on May 31, 2015
  ABW928   on May 23, 2015
  jowens727   on May 23, 2015
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Reviews (71)

June 22, 2015
Review: Really well designed trail system! A lot of elevation change but no climbs that cant be made, the most technical thing is like what others have already said, you can gather a lot of speed on the downhill rollers and end up headlong into the face of the next one if you aren't paying close attention to your speed. lots of fun miles to be had here, unfortunately for me it was during a time when it was really wet so a lot of the lower areas were not open. Just means I will plan on going back in the fall when it is dried out!

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April 29, 2015
Review: Currently closed due to rain. Check for updates. Don't make the mistake I did and drive out here before checking in rainy season.

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January 28, 2015
Review: Travel for business a bunch and could not wait to come down and ride. The trail is pretty nice and I would love to ride it over and over again time permitting. There were several muddy areas and on th cold side but I will definitely come back and ride.

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January 20, 2015
Review: Just had to stop during a trip through the area and ride part of this IMBA Epic trail since we've heard so much about it. We had enough time to ride most of the Skinny and Great Wall loops. Nothing technical at all but the trails offered great flow with numerous dips, turns, and swoops through the open forest that kept big smiles on our faces. It was definitely worth driving a little out of our way to get here. I'd love to come back and ride the other sections someday.

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January 5, 2015
Review: Was FANTASTIC, just wish I could camp at the trail head. I would stay all weekend

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December 27, 2014
Review: Pretty good! Lots of roots, rocks and twigs! But it also has a decent amount of really fast and flow stuff. All the loops are awesome. If you're in the area it's a must do.

Similar Trail: Tsali. But it is rootier.

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December 7, 2014
Review: This is an incredible trail system. I can't think of anything else like it. Fast, flowy and fun. Here was my itinerary for two days at FATS:

Friday: First, all of the Great Wall (CCW) loop. Then the Skinny Loop CW to Brown Wave. Then Brown Wave CCW back to the junction with Skinny. Then Skinny CW back to the parking lot. The trails had really good flow in these directions. Out of the three main trails, I think I like Great Wall the best (more variety). We were there on a Friday in December. We wanted to hit the more popular trails before the weekend crowd hit on Saturday. These three trails are everything you've heard or read about. Big, rollercoaster fun!

Saturday: We parked at the south parking lot and then took Deep Step CCW to the connector trail. Then we took the connector trail over the north parking area to hit the north trails. There isn't much to the connector "trail". The first section of the connector trail is fun as you weave through a short section of pine trees, but most the trail is on the paved rode and FS661, a gravel road. Once we got to the north trailhead, we hit Big Rock CCW to the junction with Tower Loop. Then we took Tower Loop CW back to the junction with Big Rock. Then we hit the last portion of Big Rock going CCW for a fast fun descent back to the trailhead. I think this 2-mile descent is the best in the system. After that, you hit FS661 for even more descending, back to the junction with Deep Step. Finish Deep Step CCW to get back to the south parking lot.

This was my first time to FATS and I found the loop configuration I described above to work really well.

I actually preferred the north end trails (I know I'm the minority here!). I like longer ascents followed by longer descents, which the north end trails provide. The north end trails are much less crowded. But it`s ALL good! The paved roads provide a good bail out point if you encounter rain on your way back to the south end lot from the north end trails.

If you're looking for a clean, reasonably priced hotel, I suggest the Best Western in Evans. It's off I-20 and about 15 minutes from FATS. And fill up on gas at the Sportsman GasPlus station near FATS. It has the cheapest gas anywhere.

Similar Trail: None, really

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October 31, 2014
Review: Nothing more needs to be said - FATS is what every mountain bike trail should aspire to be. I recently moved from NC to TX, and I planned my trip around riding this trail along my journey. It did not disappoint. Even got caught in a rain shower - just made it that much more memorable. Ride it as soon as you can.

Similar Trail: I haven't ridden one!

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October 1, 2014
Review: Not that impressed with this place. Expected much more fun based on all the other reviews and videos posted. However, it was sloppy muddy since it apparently had an overnight downpour. Felt like there was glue in the drivetrain when riding. I think it might have been more fast and flows as expected if it had been dry.

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September 6, 2014
Review: This place is a blast. There is nothing too technical but it is a lot of fun. Brown Wave is a must for the roller coaster effect. Yet I think Great Wall is the best mix of everything. The whole time you feel like you are flying. The trails are well marked and maintained. Easier than a lot of trails but few are as much fun.

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Forks Area Trail System (FATS) MTB Trail 4.75 out of 5 based on 71 ratings. 71 user reviews.
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