5 Kick-Butt Mountain Biking Trails

By:Marie McAden


Ready to tear up some mountain biking terrain? We’ve got just the trails to get your heart pumping, adrenaline flowing and fun meter spinning in overdrive.

Be forewarned: These single-track vixens will test your stamina, skill and will with their steep slopes, abrupt dips, technically challenging turns and hellacious climbs. But what’s a little sweat to earn bragging rights for styling the baddest trails in the state?

Here are five kick-butt trails for mountain biking hotshots:

  1. Steven’s Creek (aka Modoc) in McCormick County.
    This technically challenging trail starts off with a rugged, rocky plunge down a steep hill — the first of many — followed by a tricky stream crossing. Along the 5.5-mile one-way ride, you’ll encounter several more creek crossings, a series of tight switchbacks and bridges that turn slick as ice when wet.
  2. The Great Wall at Forks Area Trail System in Edgefield County.
    You’ll find a little bit of everything on this 7.5-mile run — blisteringly fast downhills, steep climbs, plenty of whoop-de-doos and a very tight and twisty section to keep things interesting.
  3. Spider Woman II at Harbison State Forest in Columbia.
    If treacherously steep slopes, sudden dips, exposed boulders and breath-sucking climbs aren’t enough to get you pumped, this three-mile loop also features a menacing rock garden guaranteed to rattle your bones.
  4. Croft State Park in Spartanburg.
    A mountain biker’s dream, the 15 miles of trails in the park feature everything you need for a fun day in the saddle — challenging climbs, fast downhills, logs, jumps and hard-packed sections where you can really pour on the speed. If you want to test your technical skills, be sure to hit the Idaho Pass connector.

  5. Oconee Passage of the Palmetto Trail.
    Start your ride at
    Oconee State Park and you’re in for a furiously fast downhill adventure. The fun begins when you reach the ridgeline at the 1.5-mile mark. As you descend Stumphouse Mountain, you’ll drop 1,000 feet in elevation in just over a mile.

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