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    Best places to camp and ride in Greenville SC.

    I'm just needing to find out the best trail systems and camprounds in Greenville SC area(no more than 20 minutes from Greenville).
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    Best option - Camp and ride Paris Mountain State Park about 5 minutes from downtown.
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    If you want to be able to ride on Saturdays and want more than 10 miles of trail, come to Croft in Spartanburg.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeridesabike View Post
    If you want to be able to ride on Saturdays and want more than 10 miles of trail, come to Croft in Spartanburg.
    Also a fun time, but about as close to Greenville as Issaqueena and Dupont...well outside the 20 minute limit.

    But all well worth the extra drive!
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    Thanks for the replys. My job is moving down there so until I move a little closer to Greenville I figure I'll camp and ride two days a week down there to save a little commuting.

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    Paris Mountain is fun, but once you have ridden it a few times, it gets pretty repetitive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeridesabike View Post
    Paris Mountain is fun, but once you have ridden it a few times, it gets pretty repetitive.
    Can't disagree too much, but that front side uphill never gets any easier. Plus Paris drains off so fast that rain is almost a non factor for riding - Sunday was outstanding!

    Any time I'm riding Paris and feel that it may be getting a bit boring, I just think of all those poor unfortunate souls that have to live in Kansas or Texas and it puts a smile right back on my face.
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    Have to agree with Mike, I prefer Croft/Southside or Isaqueanna over Paris.
    When time is limited, Paris is my necessary evil.
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    Quote Originally Posted by upstateSC-rider View Post
    Have to agree with Mike, I prefer Croft/Southside or Isaqueanna over Paris.
    When time is limited, Paris is my necessary evil.
    Also worth checking out is pleasant ridge. Great 6 mile loop about 20 minutes from downtown Greenville.

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    crofts hard to beat as far as riding in the upstate goes. lots of unmarked trails that you can ride on. if you start off at dairy ridge road and then connect into southside, you can get up to 30 miles easy in a day.

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    I rode Paris for the first time in a couple of years yesterday. The trails were in great shape and lots of fun was had. But the problem with Paris, at least on a nice Spring weekend, is that there are so many hikers that you can't really go more than a minute or two without having to slow down or stop for them. I'm not complaining, as the hikers were there before the bikes, but it does kill the flow a bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeridesabike View Post
    I rode Paris for the first time in a couple of years yesterday. The trails were in great shape and lots of fun was had. But the problem with Paris, at least on a nice Spring weekend, is that there are so many hikers that you can't really go more than a minute or two without having to slow down or stop for them. I'm not complaining, as the hikers were there before the bikes, but it does kill the flow a bit.
    Paris Mountain is a great place to ride, but your right it has so much traffic. I rode yesterday and I past around 30-40 people and it definitely kills the flow of the trail. Most people are polite, but you can tell that it frustrates the serious trail runners and bikers.

    I really hope we can dig some new trails at Paris Mtn soon. There seems to be enough room to add a few more and maybe even make them biker only... I know that would never happen though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeridesabike View Post
    I rode Paris for the first time in a couple of years yesterday. The trails were in great shape and lots of fun was had. But the problem with Paris, at least on a nice Spring weekend, is that there are so many hikers that you can't really go more than a minute or two without having to slow down or stop for them. I'm not complaining, as the hikers were there before the bikes, but it does kill the flow a bit.
    Yeah - weekdays can be a mixed bag - I go there for an after work ride 1-2x per week since it's 10 minutes form the house. If I don't have the time to head to NC for the day on Sunday, the best time I have found is first thing in the morning (8 am sharp) and it will be a couple hours before you really start encountering hikers and casual walkers. The other nice feature of Paris is the drainage - it clears off in less than a day after any type of storm. Plus if you want to keep the climbing legs in shape, it certainly delivers!

    I still hit up Croft and Issaqueena occasionally (used to ride Croft a lot when I lived in Greer) but now they are just as far a drive from my house (downtown Greenville) as Dupont is and only about 15 minutes closer than The Hub, so given the choice, I head there. Need to check out Croft again, though - it's the where I learned how to ride (and fall down. A lot.)
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    Has anyone ever posted a map of Croft? I've read bits and pieces of the route but never seen anything to tie with it.

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    Solid Orange - check out the SAMBA Facebook page. There was a map posted there a few weeks ago.

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    TMO8853 - There's something in the works for new trails at Paris. If you want them quickly, you can help by writing a letter to the SC State Parks administration. The more we ask for trails the quicker they will come.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timothy G. Parrish View Post
    TMO8853 - There's something in the works for new trails at Paris. If you want them quickly, you can help by writing a letter to the SC State Parks administration. The more we ask for trails the quicker they will come.
    That's great to hear, especially considering so many of us feel that Paris Mtn SP caters to hikers.
    Still can't believe how few trails there are in a county as big as G'ville.
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    I'm campimg at Paris mtn. this week. Has anyone ridden gateway bike park? Is it worth a trip?

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    Quote Originally Posted by brokeONE View Post
    I'm campimg at Paris mtn. this week. Has anyone ridden gateway bike park? Is it worth a trip?
    Gateway is fun if you have a DJ or BMX type bike to ride. However, I would highly recommend you go ride at pleasant ridge park (JFA Trail). It's about the same distance from Paris Mtn, but it's one of the best designed mtb trails we have IMO.

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