May 25, 2016
After reviewing options for trails in southern SC and northern GA, I went to this trail once as a break in a 5-hour drive. I started at the bottom of the mountain and rode up Brissy Ridge then clockwise around Sulphur Springs, Turtle, and Pipsissewa to go back down. Parts of Pipsissewa and the top of BR were grueling--plenty of bike-hiking with hikers asking me, "How are you riding a bike on this trail?!" Lots of rocky climbs that made biking up in my HT really difficult. Overall, it was a great workout with some fun rides in the Turtle section before the lake. Riders and hikers share trails and everyone was kind and courteous when I was there. This was a good thing because the trails weren't marked that well--no mile markers or anything. So as a solo, first-time rider, it was hard to gauge how much farther/longer I had in each section. If I went back, I'd start closer to the top by parking in one of the upper lots.