23 May Stevens Creek/Modoc Trail (Sumter National Forest)
TRAILHEAD: 33.72956, -82.18422
Length: 5.5 miles linear-11 miles round trip
This trail (not a loop) is one of the more technical mountain bike courses in the region, thanks to the rugged terrain along a stretch of Stevens Creek and the clever trail that makes use of the topography. Rock hopping and steep hills await at each creek crossing. It is an intermediate trail offering views of Stevens Creek from its many ridges. The first 5.6 miles are on USFS property but then crosses onto private property. This section should be avoided in hunting season. With its combination of beauty and tough terrain, Modoc Trail is one of the top highlights for mountain bikers in the Old 96 District. At 6.3 miles, the trail ends at the power lines. Directions from McCormick: Take SC 28/US 221 South 25 miles to Modoc. Turn left (east) onto SC 23. Trailhead is .7 miles on the left just before the bridge. Access to the trail is possible from Hamilton Branch State Park.