10 Hiking/Biking Trails to Try in the Old 96 District

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South Carolina is home to breathtaking natural attractions, and in the mountainous upstate, we’ve got plenty in the way of outdoor adventure. As fall brings cooler temps and changing foliage, it’s the perfect time to get outside and explore the beauty in our region!

The South Carolina Trails program encourages finding treasure through trails—and in the Old 96 District, we’ve got over 150 miles of hiking and biking trails across six state parks. Here’s our list of 10 in our region that you must try:

  1. LONG CANE TRAIL

Located in Sumter National Forest, the 655-acre Long Cane Scenic Area, containing both ancient trees like the champion shagbark hickory and a significant canebreak thicket of giant cane, forms the center around which the 26.7-mile trail revolves.

  1. HORN CREEK TRAIL

One of the region’s most scenic mountain bike trails, the Horn Creek trail alternates between gentle hills and steep pitches. At the top of a ridge on the trail, the panorama of the Piedmont stretches out below.

  1. TEN GOVERNORS TRAIL

The trail starts off as a boardwalk over Slade Lake and then becomes a paved path that curves past historic homes and gubernatorial memorials, painting a picture of public service across three centuries.

  1. CEDAR BLUFF TRAIL

A quiet loop trail, the swoop of the footpath curves down into a deciduous forest where a cove of Lake Russell is visible.

  1. STEVENS CREEK TRAIL

With its combination of beauty and tough terrain, the Stevens Creek/Modoc Trail is one of the top highlights of this region for mountain bikers. Access to the trail is possible through Hamilton Branch State Park.

  1. PARSON’S MOUNTAIN RECREATION AREA

A moderately difficult loop trail around Parson’s Mountain Lake. Visitors wanting a tougher hike can take a branch that passes by Civil-era gold mines on the way to the summit.

  1. SAVANNAH VALLEY RAILROAD

A trail that leads visitors past historic sites along a well-graded former rail line, making this the most comfortable bicycle route in the region.

  1. FORKS AREA TRAIL SYSTEM

A brisk ride down the shared trail leading to where all six trails splinter off into the woods becomes a gentle introduction to the terrain ahead, deeply shaded by deciduous forest.

  1. CHEROKEE PATH AT NINETY SIX HISTORIC SITE

This trail was once a direct route for traders and trappers, Native Americans, and settlers to exchange merchandise between the backcountry and the Carolina coast.

  1. ENOREE PASSAGE

This moderately easy 36-mile section of the Palmetto Trail winds through pine ridges and hardwood bottomlands, crossing two major creeks and three small lakes.

Experience a whole new kind of outdoor adventure in the Old 96 District. Start planning your stay now on South Carolina’s Freshwater Coast!

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Old 96 District
September 15, 2018
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