As noted in the summary, one reason to ride this is for a convenient mid-section access to the Pinhoti, since there is a small parking area at the trailhead on Pocket Rd with room for 3-4 vehicles. However, when combined with the Pinhoti itself, another service road, Pocket Rd, FS 208, and more of the Pinhoti, it becomes the starting point for a nice "Figure 8 on a stick" configuration.
The first half is relatively plain service road until you get to Pilcher's Pond in a large clearing with a picnic table The second half goes into the forest by going left after the pond (look for a small bridge). The second half is nice, speedy sometimes rooty singletrack. After a total of 1.2 miles from the lot it deadends into the Pinhoti trail. Left will go back to Pocket Rd on Pinhoti and straight will take you on up Horn Mt eventually.
For the popular "Pilcher's Figure 8" configuration, do this: Start at the parking area and take this trail until it hits the Pnhoti, then keep going north another mile roughly, then turn left onto FS 233 and follow this almost a mile to Pocket Rd. Turn left and follow Pocket Rd 3/4 mile, then turn right onto FS 208 and in 1/4 mile turn right back onto the Pinhoti. Follow this back across Pocket Rd until you hit the Pilcher's Pond trail and turn right and head back to the parking lot. Total is about 8 miles.
Shared By: Brian Hard