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Level: Intermediate
Length: 6 mi (9.7 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +201/ -165 ft
Total: 101 riders

Mountain Biking Brown Wave

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#11 of 114 mountain bike trails in South Carolina
#879 in the world

Great ride in any direction but counter clockwise as a connection with Skinny and Great wall would be my suggestion. At ~5.8 miles, you better not skip this trail. All the typical phrases that you'd think of for the F.A.T.S. trails apply to this one. Along with Skinny, it's a 12 mile pump track that feels like you could probably ride even if you had no drivetrain!! You'll know why they call this one the Brown WAVE very shortly into the loop. Watch out for the groups of rollers or you'll end up riding on your front wheel only. You have to ride a short section of Skinny to access the Brown Wave but that loop won't leave you disappointed either. Yet another trail that is NOT to be missed.

First added by GoldenGoose on Aug 6, 2010. Last updated May 11, 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 is on the left.
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  • rmap01   ✓ supporter

    Fun flowy trail that you can really rip at speed. If you can pump well it will e that much more enjoyable. Plenty of opportunity to to catch some air off the bumps. Unfortunately for me it was 100 degrees when I rode here and on my 3rd consecutive day of riding. On this day, I first hit Great Wall, Deep Step & Skinny. By the time I got to Brown Wave I was pretty well spent and out of water. Had a blast nonetheless. Can't wait to hit this fresh.

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  • C-Lo

    Trail has a nice flow to it. Easy to follow. Well marked.

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  • Brettsummer

    Came back and rode brown wave this time. Connector part of skinny wasn't bad mostly flat with some parts that helped you pick up speed. Rode clockwise once I got to brown wave. Didn't pedal a lot of the track just worked the pumptrack. Keep 2 fingers on both brakes the corners come up fast and a few of them have trees right beside the trail

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  • Rhett

    Great Trail, drove from FL to ride. Well worth the drive time (7hrs). Trails are well maintained and marked. Going downhill is Great, go Up not so much.

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  • Lee Harris

    This trail is very fast with lots of whoop-die-dos. You have to ride another trail to get to is it. The other trail (name I forget) is flowy as well.

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  • TheFunkyMonkey

    Fun and more fun! Rode counter-clockwise this past Saturday after GW and Skinny.

    This was my favorite trail of the three as I absolutely loved the flow and the different opportunities to jump. As someone else suggested, know your landing areas as the trees don't move. And the flow is so good that you need to keep speed in check as the whoop sections (some serious sections) come at you fast.

    As with all FATS trails, well marked, well maintained and an absolute blast to ride. I would suggest that BW is a bit more difficult than Skinny but not as difficult as Great Wall.

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  • JBX

    Awesome flow and some nice jumps, don't get too confident, those trees don't move.

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  • SCSR_Ratchet

    Great trail, very clean and well taken care of. The only problem is there is not a set direction to ride so you end up having to pull off the trail to let people by.

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  • williedillon

    Such a great trail. Fast, flowy, and smooth. Plenty of opportunity for air off of the rollers. Just don't get in over you head.

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  • jfigel76

    Traveled from Maryland for the week to ride these trails. Well maintained and thought out trail system. Wear glasses as the saved my eyes many times in the pine forest areas. Not very technical and no dabs for me except at intersections. No water crossings and when I was there dry conditions with pine needles comforting my ride.

    Rode clockwise.

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  • Dameontheman

    This was a TON of fun, I was laughing like a madman the whole way!!!

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  • brianW

    Second easiest loop at FATS. Fast flowing, smooth singletrack filled with dips, whoopie-dos and tons of fun. All the thrills of a rollercoaster with out the lines. A few rock gardens just to keep you honest with the bike skills. Watch out for "brown wave proper" a series of quick, fast, dips that have drawn blood form in experienced and expert riders alike. I recommend trying BW counter clockwise the first time out (hit the dips with speed) but the trail is awesome to ride both directions.

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