Paris Mountain State Park

4.53 out of 5
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↑ 1,600 ft
↓ 1,600 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
From the front of the park, park in the big parking lot with the islands. Hug the uphill side of shelter 4 which is near the Park Center. This is the start of the Mountain Creek Trail. Take this through the CCC amphitheater. At about 1.5 miles the trail becomes the Sulphur Springs Trail.Stay on the right fork. .5 miles take a left on the Archery Range Trailhead access. On the pavement take a right an gear down. At the top you can pick your options because they all come back to here. Firetower Trail / Suphur Springs loop is a technical climb if you go counterclockwise with a surfing downhill on the way back. Clockwise is a moderate climb with a tight technical downhill on the way back. Brissy Ridge to Pipsissewa to North Lake is a five mile lollipop trail with big ramps and a surf down to the water. Taking the Sulphur Springs trail next to the gate brings you back down to the bottom and onto the Mountain Creek Trail, but stretch your brake fingers because this is an old hiking trail and the steepest technical there is in the park. Its steep and if steep is not your thing take the road back to the Archery Range Trailhead and get back on the trail to go with the flow back to your car
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: Are the technical uphills on this trail possible for even an intermediate rider on a hard tail? I found myself doing a lot of walking. -AthensGuy

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System Trails (3)
System Trails (3)
Mountain Creek Trail
Sulphur Springs Trail
Brissy Ridge Trail
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Reviews (41)

Granny Gear

November 24, 2018
Dave7x57 Granny Gear  
Review: This review is less about the trails and more about park management and staff. The park is not bike friendly. We were there for a bike race. Race was set for Sunday. No pre ride Saturday as the park is closed to bikes every Saturday. On arrival Friday a sign says not to ride trails. While unloading bikes in the parking lot, a large lot with room for dozens of cars, there were six of us. A few parked cars around but no people except us.. Riders were checking bikes, a few doing some warm up activities with helmets on. This black pickup comes roaring in the lot. Driver rolls down the window and declares we should all get out of the road. One coach says what road this is a parking area? This causes this horses putoot who announces he is the Park Supervisor to shout that he will not tolerate such wise smart alek back talk. Then roars out of the lot at very unsafe speed. Local riders informed us that if you see a hiker you must stop even during a race, get off your bike walk till you pass the hiker who is walking up a banked purpose built bike trail. . I'm all for shared and respectful use of trails but with such a rear end running things, and this unbalanced approach to trail use, drive the extra few miles and ride Brevard.

Similar Trail: Don't know of any that charge you to enter then dictate your actions like this place.

Granny Gear

May 19, 2018
kmccraw Granny Gear  
Review: Great mix of conditions and challenges. The uphill climb is long but doable the return trip is a lot of fun but do look for uphill riders and hikers. Brissy Ridge and Kanuga downhill trails are very difficult (large rocks and slope) in places. Trails are very well maintained.

Bunny Hop

February 23, 2018
Review: I love this trail so much that I got married here!!! Sure, it doesn't have as many miles to ride as regional trail networks like Dupont or Pisgah, but don't take little Paris Mtn for granted. It offers a lake, rocky technical upper Brissy, and I learned the definition of "puckerfactor" on Big Kanuga (L from Firetower). Paris Mtn offers the opportunity to nightride on Tues., shelters to hide out from a lightning storm, rangers nearby should you need them, a solitary black bear, and the rare Hincapie siting. Go check it out!

Similar Trail: Dupont

Granny Gear

February 7, 2018
Bill Linn Granny Gear  
Review: Just an FYI that I think a lot of people miss (I worked at Paris Mountain 1 summer), you can buy a year-long park pass for $50. That will get you into 42 (?) of the 46 state parks. Won't get you in to the ones at the beach . That pass is $75. The $50 pass is definitely worth it.


January 23, 2018
Review: fantastic trail system very close to Greenville. park is closed to bikes on Saturdays and there's a $5 per adult fee but the trails are really fun and technical. there's a lot of other trail users (hikers, runners, etc) which can make it challenging. a lot of roots, roots all over the place, big rocks too. there's a significant amount of elevation change too, seems like you're usually either climbing or descending so it can give you an enduro style experience, as long as you don't run into traffic, you can hit some long descents, like from the top of firetower down to kanuga to the road at the other side of the park.


November 18, 2017
EZ-E Singletrack  
Review: Closed to mountain bikes on Saturdays - that should be posted more clearly... $5/adult entry fee all other days.

Granny Gear

November 9, 2017
pfcmrb123 Granny Gear  
Review: This trail system has something for everyone. Anywhere from beginner to intermediate sections of trail all the way up to advanced and challenging trail sections. Could spend a whole day riding easy and never get bored. The only downside is the pedestrian traffic on certain days.


May 16, 2017
swaaflyus Gramcounter  
Review: Nice trail for beginner to intermediate I took the turtle trail which was good enough for me and went off to some side trails and passed a beautiful outdoor amphitheater along the way and if you come on a Tuesday evening there was about 11 mountain bikers that came out around 5 o'clock


April 17, 2017
N8XC Trailblazer  
Review: If you can overlook the $5 per person entrance fee and the heavy pedestrian traffic on nice days then you'll be very pleased with this trail system. It's extremely well cared for, incredibly smooth with a lot of flow and has a good bit of technical sections comprised of various rocks and tangled root step-downs. There are two prominent climbs if you ride the entire trail system that add a good cardio challenge that are followed by some seriously smooth and fun descents.

Bunny Hop

October 12, 2016
MTBposer Bunny Hop  
Review: I was on the fence as to whether to rate PM as a 4 or 5. I decided on the 5 because of my delight with being new to Greenville and finding such a fun systems of trails so nearby.

Due to the Saturday restriction, I don't tend to come here very often and hence I'd only ridden some of the lower trails - the Sulphur Springs switchbacks are grueling on the way up and fun on the way down, but I like more techy riding. Well, I got a good dose of that riding Kanuga, Pipsessewa, Brissy Ridge, etc. These are some rocky, rooty trails that are an absolute joy to ride. I stitched these together in a clockwise loop and had a great ride. Next time I'll try it CCW.

Paris Mountain State Park MTB Trail 4.53 out of 5 based on 41 ratings. 41 user reviews.
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