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Level: Intermediate
Length: 4 mi (6.4 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +426/ -405 ft
Total: 39 riders

Mountain Biking Big Rock Loop

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#22 of 114 mountain bike trails in South Carolina
#1,698 in the world

Big Rock Loop is 3.7 miles and connects to the Tower Loop at about the half way mark. It really feels like a sister trail to Tower as these two simply have a different feel from the rest of the trails at FATS. Big Rock is a bit more technical and aerobically challenging than the southern trails. It tends to make you work a little more but it still has sections with great flow just like its buddys to the south. Some people like to pack up the car and head back towards the southern parking lot if they want to ride Deep Step, Great Wall, Skinny, and Brown wave but you can ride to them on your bike just as easily.

First added by GoldenGoose on Aug 6, 2010. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From I-20 near Augusta, GA take SC Exit 1 (SC 230). Head north on SC 230 for about 5 miles. Turn left on Woodlawn Rd. Go approx. 4 miles, trailhead parking area for the southern trails are on the left. If you specifically want to ride Big Rock Loop, keep heading past this parking lot and make a left on Deepstep Rd. About 2-3 miles down Deepstep Rd, FS 661 (a gravel rd)will enter from the left. Turn up FS 661 and drive in until you reach the parking lot. You can also connect to Deep Step by bike if you ride back up Deepstep Rd towards Woodlawn. A connector entrance will be on your left.
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  • C-Lo

    If you want a work out ride this trail counter clockwise. If you want to have a lot of fun ride clockwise.

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  • Tristram

    First time on the this trail. Awesome ride! I wish I would have started it at its parking lot. The connector was fine, some road some gravel road and trail! The heats a bitch though lol!

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  • jfigel76

    The best advise I can give is park at the NW end to access this trail. The connector is a road, then a gravel road that cars ride on. After all of that, you arrive at a parking lot to access the trail just feet away. This trail is less traveled than trails to the south east. A bit more technical but not much. No scenery, no dabs and no stream crossings.

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  • Dameontheman

    First time riding the trails on this side of FATS today, I think they are my new favorites!

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  • seenvic   ✓ supporter

    Big Rock and Tower make a great 1-2 punch for an 8 mile ride. I like this one CCW better. Nice climbs and downhills. One of best 3 loops at FATS.

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  • brianW

    Big Rocke (and Tower) have a very different feel to them than the other loops at FATS. Trail tread is narrower and the is some more climbing/decending. The forest has a more open feel to it due to control burns in the past. The north side of FS road 661 is a lttle longer, about half way through you come to "big rock" that has a split in it. There are three bridges on the loop with one of the made from a cedar log. Great trail. Fun in both directions however if you do Tower clockwise and Big Rock counter clockwise followed by going down fs road 661 you have one of the longer decents in the CSRA.

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  • Jeff Barber

    This is my favorite trail at FATS. Sustained climbs to the top but you're rewarded with one of the longest descents you'll find in the area. Swoopy, smooth, and just the right amount of twisting and turning makes this trail butter.

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  • GoldenGoose

    One of the few trails at FATS that doesn't feel like a roller coaster. Punchy climbs and a bit more technical terrain will slow you down and force you to earn your turns. Half way around is the locally famous "big rock" of the trail's namesake. Take a break here or keep on trucking around and connect this one to the Tower loop to finish off the trails on the north side of FATS.

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