The Knot

4.74 out of 5
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↑ 1,200 ft
↓ 1,100 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
The Knot features plenty of climbing, incredibly fast descents, and some breathtaking drop-offs overlooking the Poinsett Park Lake and Shank's Creek. The trail was embraced and made possible largely due to the efforts of Park Manager Zabo McCants and members of the Sumter Chain Gang, Midlands SORBA, a special grant from IMBA, and many other volunteers.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (19)


January 19, 2018
Review: Very well designed and built trail.The signage is perfect.It flows good and has few areas of some difficulty.

Similar Trail: Sherman Branch


March 7, 2017
Bjzebrardw Gramcounter  
Review: Easy, flowing course with some short but good climbs. Great for riding fast.


November 3, 2016
C-Lo Singletrack  
Review: This is probably one of the best trails I have ridden in SC. Well maintained. The park rangers gave me all the information I needed. It is free. The trail connects to a lot of other nice trails in the area. It was well worth the 50 min ride to get there.

Similar Trail: FATS

July 29, 2016
Review: Poinsett State Parks is a diamond in the rough with magical backcountry single track flowing mountain bike trails. The Splice was the first trail hand built to follow with the Knot, Whippoorwill and Cowasee. This fall we plan to put down additional three to four miles of trail inside the park. At this time the trails are in excellent condition. to me the trail flow better counter clock wise. Start with crossing the dam and start your climb on the Coquina trail which will take you to the Knot/Splice/Whippoorwill/Cowasee and back to your vehicle. This loop is a little over ten miles of sweet single track. All trails are marked with name and color coded. From a novice to a pro mountain biker you will enjoy your ride at Poinsett State Park.

Similar Trail: Campbells Pond back open in the fall

Granny Gear

June 2, 2016
Review: Very nice trail system. Something for everyone, not too difficult or technical. Most of the trail is fairly smooth with few roots.

Granny Gear

March 24, 2016
dawhoo Granny Gear  
Review: Trail is in great shape. Plenty of opportunity to pick up some speed on this trail and contains some moderate climbs as well. Fun trail!

Bunny Hop

February 11, 2016
Review: After shortly moving to the Sumter area I heard about The Knot and thought it was just hyped up and overrated due to Sumter being so flat. When I arrived at Poinsett State Park I still wasn't sold but as soon as I got on the trail I was quite surprised! During warmer months I normally go about once a week. Very fun trail systems here and especially being in this part of South Carolina where it tends to be just flat and sandy.

Granny Gear

January 6, 2016
Paulscusa Granny Gear  
Review: The knot was a fun trail with a few nice climbs. Although not very technical (I took my 9 year old son along and he cleared everything), it offered a great mix of challenge and fun.
Some of the trail marking were a little unclear.

Granny Gear

June 27, 2015
Review: Amazing ride. Beautiful park. Worth the trip!!


June 22, 2015
Review: Come ride, it is challenging but a fun ride. For an intermediate rider you will find it very challenging. If you only ride it and no other trails turn around at the end and ride it backwards. Fun....

The Knot MTB Trail 4.74 out of 5 based on 19 ratings. 19 user reviews.
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