Forks Area Trail System (FATS)

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.72 out of 5
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Intermediate
37.0
miles

Singletrack
↑ 4,500 ft
↓ 4,400 ft
438
elevation (ft)

Loop
Trail Description
About this trail
This trail system is an epic addition to the Sumter National Forest area trails. Amazing singletrack with great flow, tons of jumps, and fast terrain. Minimal climbing makes this a good trail for beginners while experts can test their cornering and jumping skills. Four loops at this time range in length from 5-8 miles each. Worth the drive from just about anywhere, you'll want to ride every inch of trail before you leave! Thanks SORBA!
added by Jeff BarberWorld Champ
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Trail Q&A
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Q: Is there camping at this place and if not where is the closest place you can camp -Daniel Lee Dault Jr.

A: No camping at fats but camping areas around clarks hill aren't far.

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Q: Do they allow night riding at FATS?? -2frankh

A: Yes as stated on its trail pages like brown wave

Daniel Lee Dault Jr. answered on November 21, 2016. Did you find this helpful? Yes | No

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System Trails (6)
System Trails (6)
Tower Loop
Big Rock Loop
Deep Step Loop
Great Wall Loop
Skinny Loop
Brown Wave
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Reviews (101)
 

Gramcounter

May 3, 2018
 
Review: Rode these trails April 18-19. Someone was kind enough to let me follow him on the 18th. We rode Brown Wave and Skinny clockwise. Hold onto hat because you'll be airborne if you want to be. I rode Deep Step the next day ccw. More up and down hills but still the rewards after the climbs (which wasn't to hard) were fantastic . Then Skinny ccw. These trails have some of the best flow that I have ever been on. One complaint : It rained that Sunday, I rode Wednesday and Thursday, and was surprised by the amount of mud and water in the dips. A little better slope in the drainage is needed. Did find some camping spots on the dirt roads next to the trail system. If you like fun with flow then you'll love this place.

Similar Trail: Brush Creek

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Gnarly


January 20, 2018
mtbrJosh Gnarly  
 
Review: One of my favorite trails. It is very fast, flowy, and fun. It's in a pine forest so it gets pretty dusty with pollen in spring. Also, they do controlled burns here sometimes. You can do dispersed camping right at the trail (there are no amenities for camping) and you can camp nearby at petersburg campground near Bartram trail.

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Granny Gear

December 3, 2017
 
Review: Came down from Michigan for some good weather. Rode some in Kentucky and North Carolina before making down to fats. These were the best trails we found anywhere. Well maintained fun flowing trails. Some climbing but well worth it. SORBA does a great job on these trails and should be very proud of them. Everyone was super friendly helping us feel welcome and answered all our question and were just fun to be around. We will be back again.

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Doubletrack


October 17, 2017
rmap01 Doubletrack  
 
Review: Rode here in August when the heat was oppressive (heat index 100 ) but I was intent on riding the 4 southern trails: Great Wall, Deep Step, Skinny and Brown Wave. These trails flow really well in a series of loops that can be ridden individually or linked together for a ~25m ride. Although all trails flow very well each has its own personality which I found enjoyable. There's PLENTY of opportunity for pumping, riding at speed, and getting some air. If you're looking for rock gardens or technical riding this is not the trail system for you and you'll likely be disappointed. However, if you want to ride with speed, practicing your pumping, launch off bumps and getting in a solid cardio workout by you'll likely leave with a big smile on your face. Great place for beginners and intermediates looking to practice their skills.

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Gramcounter


September 25, 2017
seenvic Gramcounter  
 
Review: I rode Great Wall, Deep Step, Skinny and Brown Wave over the weekend. It's been a minute since I've been to these trails and even longer since I rode for fun and not to access what work needed to be done. I came away with what a great resource and I can see why there were 30 cars here both days. Everyone I saw was smiling. The trails have become slightly more technical from the roots/rocks popping up here and there. But sometimes you have to pay attention to where the more technical line is as the riders at FATS have a way of riding in the absolute easiest line everywhere. I had only a few minutes of "OK this is kinda boring from being so smooth and a ribbon a pinestraw". I actually had that thought at one point on the Great Wall Loop, but then it went away and didn't come back.

Similar Trail: Payne's Creek, newer parts of the Long Cane Horse Trail

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Gramcounter

August 11, 2017
 
Review: This is one of my first trails I hit when I started riding in 2013 and the best to date. Very good intermediate to advance spots with lots of beautiful woods and shade. There is something for every mountain biker here.

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Trailblazer

April 14, 2017
capnkirk Trailblazer  
 
Review: Lots of different trails for different skill levels. Some creek crossings, and some nice views of the lake from the great Wall trail. Good times and great weather

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Bunny Hop

December 24, 2016
MyAllegory Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Taking a break right now on the side of the trail (Great Wall) . Ride this one clockwise for some speed. Beautiful day, 70 on Xmas eve !

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Bunny Hop

November 25, 2016
MyAllegory Bunny Hop  
 
Review: This trail is pretty damn nice to ride. Plenty of tuff hills and rewarding downhill runs that will test you ability. I started taking my kids out to FATS and put them on the skinny loop, at ages 7&9 they both have difficulties on the hills but finish the trail strong.

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Singletrack


November 21, 2016
C-Lo Singletrack  
 
Review: This is the best trail system I have ridden in the South. Well maintained and well marked. Great flow trails with a few trails that will take the wind out of you. Reminds me a lot of the trail I used to ride in Germany.

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