Forks Area Trail System (FATS)

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AVERAGE RATING
*****
4.70 out of 5
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Intermediate
37
miles

Singletrack
↑ 4,500 ft
↓ 4,400 ft
438
elevation (ft)

Loop
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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Reviews (87)
 

Granny Gear

July 26, 2016
 
Review: I rode this trail for a few days when it was dry. It was superb! It is fast and flowing with minimal climbing. Definately worth the 6 hr drive.

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Gramcounter


July 13, 2016
 
Review: I went out of my way to ride this trail while traveling from Florida to Ohio. It was more than worth it! I only had time to ride the Skinny Loop but hope I can make it back to ride the other loops. Fast and flowing is the best way to describe the trail. Not to much climbing, which was ok for this flat lander! It was easy to see why this trail is rated so high!

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Gramcounter


July 13, 2016
 
Review: I went out of my way to ride this trail while traveling from Florida to Ohio. It was more than worth it! I only had time to ride the Skinny Loop but hope I can make it back to ride the other loops. Fast and flowing is the best way to describe the trail. Not to much climbing, which was ok for this flat lander! It was easy to see why this trail is rated so high!

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Bunny Hop

June 22, 2016
typingfool Bunny Hop  
 
Review: These trails were a flowy beautiful dream for this South Florida girl :) I had time to ride only three, but can't wait to go back! I had to keep stopping to take pictures as the forest was amazing!

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Bunny Hop

June 13, 2016
Corvo Bunny Hop  
 
Review: F.A.T.S is one of those places that after a rain you don't ride. These are fast, flowing, smooth, trails, when dry. I have been there on a dry day and on a day after some pretty heavy rains. When these trails are dry they are a hoot and a half. When they are wet, don't go. Too many holes will make for a frustrating day.
I ride a 2x9 and I will say I was FLYing up and down these hills. This is SC Piedmont and the area is rolling. We were knocking out 12-15 mile loops in just under an hour, taking 5 minutes and heading back out again to go get the ear to ear smile going again. F.A.T.S is a great place to go for a weekends worth of riding. Again, don't go when it's wet, place is no fun.

Similar Trail: Tsali

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Gramcounter


March 13, 2016
arbysauce Gramcounter  
 
Review: I must be missing something but I cannot understand why this is considered the best trail system in the state. I was passing through the area and decided to see what all the hype was and left disappointed. 90% of the trail was dry but there are s ton of mud holes that probably stay wet except during droughts. There was a large tree down across the trail that did not look it fell recently.

As for the style of trails, maybe my tastes have narrowed over the years but these trails seem boring and designed for XC 29ers. If you want to ride something more technical, head to Paris Mountain. If you are looking for somewhere to take your XC rig and log some miles for fitness, then ride FATS.

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Bunny Hop

February 22, 2016
6seagull Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Great system of trails, BUT apparently it needs to drain a few days after a rain. I rode Brown Wave and Great Wall and I was constantly going through mud holes. I guess I'll have to try it again when the weather has been dryer.
I was amazed that this trail is even on the list of the best trails IN THE WORLD. Not sure how that rating system works.
It's 1 3/4 hours drive, I'm closer to Paris Mtn, Issaqueena, and Payne Creek, GA which are all great. I would have rated FATS a 4, but, because of the mud...I'll try it again and maybe update my review.

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Trailblazer

January 14, 2016
 
Review: The is a great trail system. Well maintained with an extremely beautiful setting. I road tripped it from Mississippi to try this trail system. I ended up finding a state part on a lake about 10 minutes away. The trails have great flow with some nice climbs and great decents. If you are anywhere near the area, I highly recommend stopping

Similar Trail: Coldwater

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December 8, 2015
Guest   
 
Review: Only reason it's not a 5 is because I don't have enough experience and am sure there are bigger and better. It was awesome!

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Bunny Hop

November 8, 2015
Tinman261 Bunny Hop  
 
Review: I only got to ride the skinny trail...I plan on making sure I do all 37 miles as this is one really sweet area..even for rookies this is a great way to get into the mountain bike scene...

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