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Level: Intermediate
Length: 4 mi (6.4 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: -
Total: 39 riders

Mountain Biking Campbells Pond

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#25 of 114 mountain bike trails in South Carolina
#1,771 in the world

This is a great trail; in fact, all the ones in this park are awesome. Campbell's Pond, though, is a little more technical with more climbing. It's full of roots and rocks, too.

For an out and back, it is great. Most are boring on the way back, but not this one. They actually include some route diversions to make it interesting. It is really well marked, too. Although it's not as fast as K-3, you can still get up some speed. You'll need it when you hit the Kamikaze, a big dip on the way. You'll want all you can get on the Devil's Backbone...not as dangerous as it sounds, but can be great fun if you rail into it.

First added by leadbutt on Aug 16, 2005. Last updated May 1, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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For better directions, look up the Killer Three Loop, which is one of three trails at Manchester State park.
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  • C-Lo

    Pretty good trail. I like coming to this area to mountain bike. There are a lot of roots on this part of the trail.

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  • Mt. Burrito

    The trail is well marked and quite a bit of fun for the area. It's surprisingly hilly but there are not any steep climbs. Is a very technical trail in my opinion from just tons of roots.

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  • ****

    This is a well marked trail and a good trail to begin teaching kids to trail ride. There are service roads available so if they get too tired, you can get back to the main parking

    UPDATE: I rode the trail Saturday (8/2/2014) and there are some issues. The rangers have done a good job at clearing the storm damage from February for about the first mile or so. However, once you come out of your first single track and crossover the hard packed road, the trail still has debris that must be addressed and the trail markings are hard to see. If you have rode the trail before or are an experienced rider, you can see the trail craved out. Just need to have some riders to ride it some more the clear the track. Still was a fun ride through it all.

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  • bhair3

    Favorite trail in this system. Some nice climbs with alot of roots and the features are alot of fun!

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  • JBrawn

    Awesome trail. I agree with all previous positive reviews. Too bad it was the last one I rode the day I tried to ride all the trails at this system. I ran out of time and fuel ;( I'll be back! Next time I'll do this one 1st.

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  • jaybird57

    Campbell's Pond is a must ride whenever visiting Manchester State Forest! The Sumter Chain Gang has recently developed a connector trail that will totally bypass the road section that other posters have previously commented on. The trail is currently in great shape & offers a few nice short climbs to get the ticker pumping! By far my favorite sections of the trail are the deep gulleys where you can rail from side to side! Check it out!

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  • fishing

    Trail has been cleaned and trimmed. Dont forget to ride the new connector section out and back. Im sure you will get a nice aerobic workout from just that section the jump ever and hit k3 for a fun fast ride.

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  • steever

    If you start this trail at the K3 trail head you'll be really excited for the first 10 minutes but the trail for the next 2 miles in on paved road and dirt road. But, once you head back into the woods you'll be pretty excited! I'm guessing the trail is rarely ridden because the foliage is so overgrown. But, it is a great complement to K3 and The Red Loop. I'll ride it again but not before getting back onto K3. I'll probably skip to the Poinsett parking area next time to skip out on all of the road riding.

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  • naygoo

    This trail is a LOT of fun, and is actually closer to 10 miles with the out & back, not 4 as indicated here. It doesn't get as much traffic as K3 or Red Loop, also in Manchester, from what I can tell. It has a few good climbs (a little technical but not too tough), and several drop-ins that are great fun if you take them fast. The trail was a little overgrown and not as well marked as the others in Manchester. Now that I've ridden the trail it will be easy to follow, but for the first time, grab a trail map or study it before you head out.* Review edited 5/23/2009

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  • Flavtown

    I couldn't find the trail when i rode it the first time. I wound up on the walking trail, which is a pretty sweet track to ride. I thought it was for bikes. Has some crazy downhill stuff, and some big climbs. The real trail is fun. It's more technical than K3, and more climbs. I've wiped out a few times there. Theres' a little bit of sand to watch out for, some roots, narrow track, and sharp turns. It's fun and challenging though.* Review edited 3/13/2008

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  • frelup

    fun. once you get back into the woods, lots of fun. little too much climbing for me, but overall, worth it.* Review edited 2/19/2008

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  • rmurph4

    Great trail to complement K3. The 2.5 mile ride to/from the main trailhead is boring, but once you get on this trail it's great! Good climbs, some tight singletrack spots, and plenty of technical fun. Like the other trails here, its very well marked, and has some fun obstacles. Combine with the other trails for a nice long ride.

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