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Level: Intermediate
Length: 26 mi (41.8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +882/845 ft
Total: 57 riders
 

Mountain Biking Long Cane Horse Trail

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#17 of 109 mountain bike trails in South Carolina
#1464 in the world

From 505/506, I'd go CCW. The trail is all singletrack and is open to horses and bikes. The northern end, where you are parking, is 95% bike use and the southern end (where the horse trailers park) is 95% horse use. Several configurations to ride as out/back, lollipop loop, or a big loop. Has about 10 miles of 4-5 year old trail constructed by professionals. This is maybe the sweetest stuff, but the old school sections are alot of fun to. More climbing than most of the trails south of here. All in all, a really good ride.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
Getting there
From downtown Greenwood. Take 72 toward Abbeville. Turn left onto FS road 505 just before Beulah Baptist Church. Go down gravel Rd 1 mile. Turn right into FS 506 and park on the right at this intersection.
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Q: I have a club and would like to take a walk in this park are about 30 members. I would like to know how I can do, if I need to ask permission from the city ? or just I need to pay the park . if I could explain the steps to organize a walk.
A: It is a National Forest. Any and all are welcome. Really, the only problem would be parking for that many people, but when I have been on group rides there, we have used the Fell Hunt Camp. It is pay to park, and sometimes there is a resident in a camper there. A quick Google search should give you the information you need on it and its location. An entrance to the trail is just across the dirt road.

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  • GrindingGears
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    This is a great run for those who want a nice rolling ride. This trail has an inside and outside loop. The inside loop is about 13mi and the outside loop is about 27mi. It is mostly an intermediate trail system with some technical areas along the way. It is shared with the horseback riding community so there may be some excrement along the trail at times. Nonetheless, a nice trail to ride. There are some spots that might be suitable for older children, but mostly for more experienced riders.

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  • Parkersspace
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    Fun trail though I only got to run from Buelah Church Road (
    E) on the long cane trail map) to D the old railway trestle. 2.6 mile portion. I ran out and back but as I had to ride 9 miles from Greenwood on the roads to get to the trail that's all I could do today. Wish i had my car so i could do the full trail while I'm in the area. It's in great shape right now, thought I took note of someone that said not to run in hunting season without orange on, I think since there is horses on this pretty regular maybe hunters watch for it. I didn't see a sole today, one large dog on the trail that ran out of site when he heard me coming. The trail flows, could be rode in this portion very fast, even down to the creek bed and out of it I had no issue on the heavy gravel the lined the hills with. I can see in the wet season this would not be as fun but right now it's great.

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  • ABW928
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    Today's ride was great, but the trail was a bit wet and there was lots of leaf cover. In some sections the leaves were so very thick damp and deep, we actually had to walk. The leaves also made finding the trail difficult.
    I'm super excited to try the trail again, hopefully on a very dry day after the leaves have had a chance to blow away.
    We saw two other bikers, otherwise we had the entire trail to ourselves.
    We rode the Southern loop from Fell CCW, but couldn't find the trail for the last section so we took the road back.
    I typically ride FATS almost every weekend, this is a nice addition and a little different style. It reminds me most of Keg Creek.
    Great time, I will definitely be back.

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  • jaybird57
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    I rode this trail for the first time after years of hearing how sweet this place is! Well, I'm pleased to say that the buzz was legit! I rode the north loop CCW, which is about 16 miles. I found nothing terribly technical but what I did find was flow supreme! The trails were a little damp and leaf-strewned the day of my ride, but that did not diminish the flow of these trails, which are set in a beautiful hardwood forest. I can't wait to hit these trails again once they dry up and have less leaves. Do yourself a favor and check the LCHT out!

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  • PSUtuna
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    These are my local trails, and for some reason I really don't ride here a lot. Right now the trail is in fantastic condition despite the wet summer we've had. These trails don't offer anything real technical, but does have more climbing than most trails in this area. Trails have great flow. I park at the North end (behind the Baptist Church on 505/506) there is no fee here. If you park at the Fell Hunt Camp at the South end there is a $3.00 day use fee. Regardless, the better parts of the trail are the North end, more horse use out of the Fell Hunt Camp. I tend to ride CCW from the parking area. E-F-G cut across 5 miles to C to D, back to E and the parking area. About a 16 mile loop, but there are tons of options. Just be aware that if you jump on a road thinking you can ride out that way more quickly you may be in for a surprise. A lot of the forest roads lead to dead ends, or no where near the parking area. Wear orange during hunting season, and leave the dog at home. This is a popular area during the hunting season. I even hunt in this area. Bring bug spray in the summer months and plenty of water. Overall, a great trail system.

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  • klowe8828
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    Great series of multi use trails. covers all of the MTB spectrum...fast in places, technical in places. Climbs are rewarded with down hills, with great flat sections to recover..some of the best around.

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  • brianW
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    I estimated that I rode 25-26 miles at Long Cane. Very sweat old school singletrack. Lots of fun. If you head to FATS on a regular basis I would recommend driving an hour north to ride this trail system.

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  • RJen
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    Parked at Fell Hunt Camp, $3 day use fee and rode the lower loop for about a 15.75 mile ride. Met a couple of equestrians gearing up who were frendly and helpful with trail advise. Planned to ride to Parsons Lake, but the trail from the metal bridge was overgrown, so opted to take Forest Road 530 and Cedar Springs Rd (H to J) to continue the trail back to the trail head. Even with the heat and the previous night's rain, the trail was a pleasant ride.

    Maps, water, toilets and camping are available at Fell Camp.

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  • seenvic
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    Started at Fell. We rode the entire trail and some of it twice. The old school part down 9 Minute Trail is delicious. Up Little Moab, 518 to 515 has some deep gravel at the top, but then is ok. Once at the lake, it is thick corridor and full of downfall to the metal bridge.

    Once you cross the metal bridge, the trail is totally maintained and high quality. All the new school flow style trail here is great. Horses ride on it, and very few gapers ride here to dumb down the trail. The horses keep this trail edgy, I think.

    From G to F is another section of old school horse trail that has some challenging pitches in it. And from F to E is a 4 mile, mostly climb, that hardly ever gets steep, but never lets up. It ends with a nice techy section with some personality.

    E to D to C has some nice DH runs and creek crossings. The climb from C to the intersection is sweet.

    It is hard to say what is the "best out there". The locals love the flow trail that goes from C to G and from G to metal bridge. But I think what makes them not get tired of just the flow trail is the perfect mix of old school trail as well.

    When this trail is right, it is the best ride on the Long Cane District, and maybe in the state of South Carolina.

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  • 2_Drunk_Cats
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    This system of trails is a great ride for most levels of riders. The new/ beginner may find it a bit long, but the overall flow of the trail will appeal to many!!! There are a couple more strenous areas with lengthly uphill climbs. The trail also covers many, many different forest and folage types...the changing scenery is nice to entertain the eyes. Use caution on the portion of trail closer to Parsons....THIS PORTION IS NOT MAINTAINED AND IS OVERGROWN! If you chose to park at the Fell Campground (water/ toilet/ parking/ picnic pavillions available) there is a day use fee...and the camp stewart is pretty quick to remind you! The Fell Camp Area is owned and maintained by the US Forest Service. Overall, a great day ride. Great maps available with mileage markers. Good signage.* Review edited 5/5/2011

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  • Dustin Gaddis
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    Lots of variety. Some old school style singletrack, and some newer flow-style trail as well. A few short/steep climbs and descents, but it's mostly long gradual climbs followed by long gradual downhill. A few creek crossings, and the locals leave plenty of logs on the trail to hop. Nothing too technical.

    The trail is popular with equestrians as well, so be polite and yield to horses. When I rode there I encountered ultra-runners, equestrians, and a Boy Scout troop out on a hike. There seems to be a good relationship between all the various user groups - keep it that way!

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  • jneuff
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    This a fun trail, and has some fast flowing sections. It was quite hot when I did it, and there is not much water on the trail, so maybe not the best trail to bring dogs on, but other than that a great ride. Nothing too technical, but the distance and heat made it a bit challenging. * Review edited 6/21/2009

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