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Hit the Trail!

Hiking and biking trails offer great outdoor adventure in the Old 96 District! Beginning in the upper end of the District with Laurens County Bicycle Trail with trails going all the way through our five counties to Ten Governors Trail and Ed’s Trail at National Wild Turkey Federation in Edgefield County, hiking and biking trails provide relaxation, exercise and natural beauty.

As home to six state parks and one national forest, there is no shortage of trails in the Old 96 District! Mountain and motor bikers, hikers, and horseback riders will love the almost 200 miles of trails in the Old 96 District. All skill levels are welcome; novice day-trippers can follow the paths for easy hikes, or serious backpackers and bikers can connect different trails with fire and access roads to embark on multi-day adventures. Even the Palmetto Trail, a proposed 425-mile trail through South Carolina, will eventually pass through northern Laurens County along the Enoree River.

Another trail currently being developed is the Savannah Valley Railroad Trail. This old railroad bed connected travelers and goods to Anderson and Charleston in the late 1800s. Today, the old railroad connects recreational enthusiasts with the beauty of the Little River & Savannah River areas. The Barksdale Ferry Road to Cemetery Road section (2.2 miles) of the Savannah Valley Railroad trail is open for walking and biking (note: bikes should have puncture resistant tires). Trail entrance signs have been installed and there is a parking lot on Barksdale Ferry Road with a trail off the highway to the trail right-of-way. Parking is also available at the Bardwell Cemetery Road entrance.

Road cyclists can also enjoy the many back roads of the five counties, enjoying the scenery as they pass farms, rolling hills, quaint towns and historical places.

South Carolina has much to offer in the world of outdoor sports, and the Old 96 District is a prime example. So get out and enjoy it!

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