Federal Refuge (Cuddo Unit)

4.88 out of 5
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This is a 8 mile loop. It is an all crush and run dirt road. You will be sharing the road with vehicles at times. You have the opportunity of enjoying nature at its best. You may see deer, raccoons, rabbits , all kind of species of wild birds along with wild hogs and alligators. There is one section that gives you a beautiful view of Lake Marion (Santee Cooper). The trail is intermediate so bring your family and enjoy your ride or use it for great exercise by being able to increase your speed.
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  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Bunny Hop

August 7, 2018
tiretread Bunny Hop  
Review: I'm just getting back into MTB after a 10 year hiatus. I wanted to start off small and just get use to pedaling and my bike (just built). This was the perfect trail for that! It is relatively flat for the whole loop which is just over 8 miles. After 2 weeks of rain, it was, amazingly, pretty dry. And this place is in the lowlands with swamp areas.

There is nothing technical about this trail. You just pedal. I doubt most riders need to change their gears more than 2-3 times. Of course, when you start seeing the gator signs and swamp on both sides of the trail, you may be changing gears just in case.

I like the trail. Lots of wildlife. Saw deer, wild piggies, and a hawk that had a fish in its talons. Pretty cool. I did not see any gators but I'm sure they are there.

This is a beginners trail. And there is nothing wrong with that. It's a relatively short ride through some beautiful country.

The Refuge is closed on Mondays and you may be sharing the roads with hikers and cars. I didn't see a single person or vehicle on the Tuesday I rode there.


March 13, 2018
Review: March 2018
The Refuge is great. The weather is beginning to turn nice and the wildlife is moving. Completed 20 miles on 3/11. If you are riding you must make the journey to 100 acre island. Great view of the lake. If not enjoy the 8 mile loop. This section you may have to share with vehicles.
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November 24, 2017
Review: Great time of year to ride. All roads are in great shape and fall is in the air. Wildlife is all out and about. No problem to get anywhere from 8 to 20 miles in of great riding.


June 1, 2016
Review: Leaving this review as a 5 star easiest. Lots of wildlife alligator alley is awesome. Sharing the road with vehicles also


March 13, 2016
Review: It's now the best time of year to ride Cuddo. Wildlife is everywhere and the alligators are starting to come out. They have been working on the roads getting them back in shape from all of the water we had over the winter. Come on out and get to working on your cardio while enjoying all the wildlife.

Bunny Hop

July 30, 2015
kaptiank Bunny Hop  
Review: Flat, can ride fast, if the wild life areas are open (closed for certian times) definitely ride. Saw 1 alligator coincided with sign telling you to watch out for alligators. That was worth the ride!


June 22, 2015
Review: Great place for a great work out. No better place to bring the family or someone wanting to get into mountain bike riding. The 8 mile alligator loop is perfect for a great cardio workout or just for a comfortable ride. You get the chance of seeing all kind of wildlife and a nice journey along the lake. Come and enjoy.


January 18, 2015
Review: Great ride for beginners and families. Plenty of wildlife to be seen and great views of Lake Marion. Also for riders with more experience it's a great ride to test your speed and endurance or to get back up to speed for more technical rides that may come.

Federal Refuge (Cuddo Unit) MTB Trail 4.88 out of 5 based on 8 ratings. 8 user reviews.
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