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    Oconee county sc

    Hey all,

    anyone here around the mountain rest/walhalla area? I currently live in Florida but my boyfriend and i have a cabin in mountain rest that we are gonna move too in the near future.

    last time we visited we brought our bikes and rode a little of oconee state park which was fun and crazy challenging with the long climbs. We did a lot of hiking and didn't bike too much because we didn't wanna drive too far. There are a few trails right out behind cabin but they are mostly in the Sumter forest and are old forest roads. Still cool though!

    anyone have any good trail systems in the area? We came across a lot of "no bikes allowed" trails
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    I am from the upstate of South Carolina as well, but in the Greenville/Spartanburg area. I don't know of anything that would be considered local to your area, but it isn't too much of a drive to the trails at Lake Issaqueena, in the Clemson Experimental Forest. Here is a link to a thread with a map. Look at post number 4. It really is a good trail system.

    Clemson Trails

    Other than there, within what I would guess to be an hours drive or less, there is Dupont State Forest in Cedar Mountain, NC., Payne's Creek State Park near Hartwell, Ga., Paris Mountain in Greenville, Panthertown Valley, and then maybe a little more than an hour adds quite a bit more with Pisgah in Brevard, and Bent Creek in Asheville. Also Tsali on Fontana lake is a pretty good trail system as well, and Jackrabbit might not be too far of a drive from there either.

    So if you are willing to drive a bit, there is a lot of great trails. I hope this info helps a little.
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    Manchester State Forest might be alright but I've never been, it's in Sumter. It has a race that's part of the state championship. Manchester State Forest OHV Trailguide

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    There is a MTB park in Mountain Rest, Google hilltop mountain bike park.

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    I too have a second home in Mountain Rest where I spend almost every weekend to escape Columbia, SC. A great place to mountain bike is just 30 minutes from Mountain Rest in Tiger Ga. The trail area is called Stonewall Falls. Stonewall falls is about 11 mile loop. great climbs and descents. Another trail at the same are is called white twister about 6 miles. I use white twister as my warm up to do Stonewall falls trail. After the trail ride, go to Clayton Ga, (about 15 minutes away) and have a burger, tots and a good beer at the U-joint restaurant.

    I also rode ride the Mountain rest area, so maybe I will see you on the road or the trails.

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    Walhalla is less than an hour from Dupont in Brevard, NC. I drive there from NE Atlanta and it takes me right at 2 hours. Well worth the drive.

    Pisgah proper is only 30 minutes or so past that. If you don't mind driving a bit, Western NC is fantastic.

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    Oconee has nil. You can ride the trails in Oconee State Park, but they're boring and last year were not maintained in some time. Oconee Station has a steep downhill trail that connects Oconee State Park to Oconee Station, and that is part of the Palmetto Trail (the rest of which does not allow mountain bikes in the upstate SC). The downhill trail isn't really any fun. No rocks or roots and smooth as a sidewalk. You can easily hit 30+ MPH on it, but you can fly off the side of the mountain if you overshoot a switchback.

    If you want trails in Oconee county (I would like to see some) advocate for some by contacting Oconee State Park, SC DNR (they own most of the land in Jocassee Gorges), and any other land management agency in that area. Oconee has much potential. And the management plans for Jocassee Gorges specifically mentions possibility of mountain bike trails. We speak up and attend meetings, we have a say in what gets added or banned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lackadaisical View Post
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    That's not in Oconee. That's in Cashiers/Highlands NC.

    It is close for riding, but I think OP wanted some 'home' trails.

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    Oh. I thought close trails.

    I was heavily involved with the Forest Service, Oconee, SORBA for over a year to open up existing trails in the Andrews Pickens Forest in Oconee, along with building new trails. It was being pitched as an IMBA Ride Destination.

    Long story short, the idea faded due to the National Forest Service determining that the area was too close to Pisgah and they also felt they could not handle man power needed for additional users.

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    Yeah, I've heard about this. I wasn't aware of why the idea faded, however, so thanks for enlightening me. I can definitely see that with what I saw with the trail conditions in Oconee State Park.

    Maybe with the OP moving to that area a local club could be formed to advocate and volunteer on trails in Oconee. It's a start.

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    Yes. Perhaps.

    I think Andrew Pickens would see a lot of Atlanta riders.

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    I was just asking about Pickens on another thread. Pickens was on my radar because it's close to a lot of mtb riding and its got the we'll get more for our money when we buy a house.

    Right now we have 95% gravel road riding and 5% single track for off riding and if we move I want a place I can have at the very least 5 miles of ST out of my front/back door. But I can see that area of Pickens and Walhalla attracting mountain bike riders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by idinomac View Post
    I was just asking about Pickens on another thread. Pickens was on my radar because it's close to a lot of mtb riding and its got the we'll get more for our money when we buy a house.

    Right now we have 95% gravel road riding and 5% single track for off riding and if we move I want a place I can have at the very least 5 miles of ST out of my front/back door. But I can see that area of Pickens and Walhalla attracting mountain bike riders.
    You have Issaqueena/Clemson Experimental Forest in Pickens County. 40+ miles of trails. Old school hand cut single track trails.

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    Is there any more information about Hilltop Bike Park. Seems oh so random. Yet intriguing.
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    You might get more house for your cash, but will it have what you want?
    I'm not just talking about the riding.
    What kind of local culture are you looking for?
    Don't assume I'm bashing Oconee County- my parents live near Seneca and it's great for them. It wouldn't be for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jm2e View Post
    Is there any more information about Hilltop Bike Park. Seems oh so random. Yet intriguing.
    I believe Hilltop owner moved out of the area and unless there's a special event, its pretty much off limits.

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    So today I decided to go back to Oconee State Park. With the recent announcement that additional trails will be coming to that area, I wanted to revisit what I saw last time I was in the park. I found all the trails. Surprisingly, some of these trails are rather difficult to ride and are not for beginners. A full suspensrion bike is highly recommended for riding the Old Waterwheel Trail as it has several water-bar drops that are moderately steep. You can get about 15 miles in one trip if you start at Oconee Station Falls parking area across and up the street from Oconee Station Historic site. You'll have a tough climb for the first two miles; but you also get to fly down those last two miles on the way back down to the parking area. I imagine you could top 30 MPH if you had the nutz to do so. Please attach a bell to your bike if you attempt this as hikers also use this trail and you could potentially injure someone or their dog.
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