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Level: Intermediate
Length: 6 mi (9.7 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +151/ -139 ft
Total: 106 riders

Mountain Biking Skinny Loop

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#12 of 114 mountain bike trails in South Carolina
#1,075 in the world

This is what F.A.T.S. riding is all about. Pump track, roller coaster, flowy, fast, and smooth trail that anyone will enjoy. This is one of those trails that makes you glad you own a hardtail! Airtime all over the place if you want it. Just don't get too cocky your first time out or you might make friends with a tree.

First added by GoldenGoose on Aug 6, 2010. Last updated Apr 28, 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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Getting there
From I-20 near Augusta, GA take SC Exit 1 (SC 230). Head north on SC 230 for about 5 miles. Turn left on Woodlawn Rd. Go approx. 4 miles, trailhead parking area is on the left.
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Forks Area Trail System - Skinny
FATS Skinny Loop
FATS Upper Skinny Trail Part 1
FATS Upper Skinny Trail Part 2
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  • rebelrouser

    A lot tougher than their website makes it out to be. Lots of fun up and downs but some steep winding climbs that surprise you. One parking lot and trail head for multiple trails. You have about 3/4 mile spur before Skinny starts.

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  • C-Lo

    Very fun trail. Fast in some sections. Not a lot of climbing. Great for kids and beginners, but can be challenging depending on your speed.

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  • Rhett

    Drove from FL to ride. Was not Disappointed, great ride and looking forward to my next trip to F.A.T.S.

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  • Tristram

    I've been on beginners rides, this was not one of them. I am a beginner and to me it was intense and awesome! The skinny was above my expectations and got my adrenaline going! My only recommendation? Have at least fork suspension unlike myself, Hahahaha! My rims did overtime! But my non suspension fork not-so-much. I'll be back with some suspension!

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  • TheFunkyMonkey

    Rode Skinny counter-clockwise this past Saturday after GW and before BW. Not nearly as diverse or challenging as GW but just every bit of fun. As others have suggested, this is one big flow track. There are plenty of hits along the way as well. Keep your speed in check as some of the whoop sections can be deceiving as they come fast - yet tons of fun!

    Fun enough for the advanced rider but challenging enough while being manageable for a beginner.

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  • JBX

    First time was 3/10, still a little sloppy with all the rain, that being said, it was still awesome and gave it a 4 only because of the conditions. Look forward to riding it again.

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  • jfigel76

    Traveled from Maryland for the week to ride these trails. Well maintained and thought out trail system. Wear glasses as the saved my eyes many times in the pine forest areas. Not very technical and no dabs for me except at intersections. No water crossings and when I was there dry conditions with pine needles comforting my ride.
    Remote trail, rode clockwise. Found a geocache.

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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter

    Sweet, narrow singletrack with epic flow! One of the best trails at FATS in my opinion.

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  • seenvic   ✓ supporter

    Easiest of the six loops at FATS. Best for a quick ride if short on time, or for folks who are just starting out. Good ride in combo with Brown Wave or Great Wall or both. I like it best CCW, but others prefer CW. It gains about 50 feet per mile ridden.

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  • brianW

    Most popular loop at FATS. Fast, rolling trail great for going all out fast or taking it easy. Top of Skinny has a few technical section as in a hair pin turn into a gully and a small rock garden. The little dips seem to sneak up on riders and bite them. A few sections have good views of the trail either above or below.

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  • GoldenGoose

    Along with Brown Wave, Skinny is what people think of when you mention FATS. Roller coaster singletrack, more flow than a water fountain, and free speed out the yang! This trail is what Hans Rey has in mind when he talks about "flow country" trails. Bring your hardtail and find out what a six mile singletrack pump track feels like. I dare you not to smile when you ride this one!

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