Paris Mountain State Park

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4.63 out of 5
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Intermediate
11
miles

Singletrack
↑ 1,600 ft
↓ 1,600 ft

Network
2:50
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Trail Description
About this trail
From the front of the park, park in the big parking lot with the islands. Hug the uphill side of shelter 4 which is near the Park Center. This is the start of the Mountain Creek Trail. Take this through the CCC amphitheater. At about 1.5 miles the trail becomes the Sulphur Springs Trail.Stay on the right fork. .5 miles take a left on the Archery Range Trailhead access. On the pavement take a right an gear down. At the top you can pick your options because they all come back to here. Firetower Trail / Suphur Springs loop is a technical climb if you go counterclockwise with a surfing downhill on the way back. Clockwise is a moderate climb with a tight technical downhill on the way back. Brissy Ridge to Pipsissewa to North Lake is a five mile lollipop trail with big ramps and a surf down to the water. Taking the Sulphur Springs trail next to the gate brings you back down to the bottom and onto the Mountain Creek Trail, but stretch your brake fingers because this is an old hiking trail and the steepest technical there is in the park. Its steep and if steep is not your thing take the road back to the Archery Range Trailhead and get back on the trail to go with the flow back to your car
added by Guest May 28, 2006
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Gramcounter


May 25, 2016
PartsPProf Gramcounter  
 
Review: 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.

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Gramcounter


May 25, 2016
PartsPProf Gramcounter  
 
Review: 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.

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Bunny Hop

May 13, 2016
 
Review: Little bit of everything. Love the technical climbs. Firetower is a perfect warmup. The downhill course has potential, just needs some work for a faster ride. Overall best place in the upstate in my opinion.

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Poseur

May 10, 2016
David Rapp Poseur  
 
Review: I Ride here about every other day and I love it!
My Ride: I park midway up the mountain towards the beginning of the Sulphur Springs trail, then ridet to the top. I then hit Brissy Ridge which is the most technical when it comes to roots and rocks. From Brissy Ridge I then take Pipsissewa. This trail allows you to gain some speed and hit two great jumps. From Pipsissewa take North Lake and do a few laps to get a couple extra miles. From North lake I turn back to go up Pipsissewa and then hit Brissy Ridge again. the climb back up is great! Midway on Brissy Ridge I take Kanuga to climb up some more, once up up Kanuga hit Sulphur Springs for a easy ride back down to the parking lot. Once you hit the parking lot I go across to hit the other side up Sulphur Springs to ride back down down the Mountain! This Ride down is one one the best at the park. By the end you should have done between 7-10 miles depending on the loops you did at north lake.

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Granny Gear

April 15, 2016
HazelFilms Granny Gear  
 
Review: Hit this trail (or at least part of it) in the morning before a meeting in Greenville. Park doesn't open till 08:00, but it's possible to park on a side street near the entrance and ride in... So I've heard.... The trail itself had a very nice flow, and was really well maintained. There was a nice combination of smooth dirt, rocks, and roots to keep things interesting. If you are starting near the enterance, the first few miles have a lot of climbing, but nothing too crazy. I would for sure ride this one again if I'm in the area. Ride safe, take a map of some sort, and have a blast.

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Granny Gear

April 3, 2016
 
Review: Stay alert, plenty of obstacles. Enjoyed the ride, lots of roots, some big. Some rocks, mostly small but some big ones too.

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February 13, 2016
Guest   
 
Review: Excellent mountain bike trail. I highly recommend this trail if you are in Greenville SC

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Granny Gear


January 12, 2016
 
Review: Kanuga......wow....fast downhill with rocks the whole way. And sulpher springs downhill with banked turns is awesome to. Add the views of mountains and lakes I really can't say enough about this place awesome awesome awesome

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Gramcounter

December 11, 2015
robwas Gramcounter  
 
Review: Did the trails up to reservoir #3 including a descent on Canuga as well as a descent on Sulphur Springs which was a total blast! A fair amount of rocks, roots and had to hike a bike up a few steeper sections with large obstacles but pretty much everything was rideable for a mid level mountain biker. For a township park this is a great trail system. Just be aware the trails are closed on Saturdays to mountain bikers unfortunately. Highly recommended trail system for anyone in the area or passing through (such as myself)

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Granny Gear

October 4, 2015
 
Review: Great trails. Hard climbs, fun downhills. Some rough sections.

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Paris Mountain State Park MTB Trail 4.63 out of 5 based on 31 ratings. 31 user reviews.
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