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6.8 mile 11.0 kilometer loop


Ascent: 605' 184 m
Descent: -599' -183 m
High: 409' 125 m
Low: 197' 60 m


Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)


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A scenic and technical FATS trail.

Patrick Smith

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The Great Wall is the most "well-rounded" trail at FATS, with a little of everything. Some very fast down hills, tough climbing, plenty of whoop-de-doos, and a very tight and twisty hand built section offer lots of variety.

The loop gets its name from the long section of trail armored with concrete. While not quite as big as the real Great Wall, it's still an interesting challenge.


Nestled in the Long Cane Ranger District of the Sumter National Forest, FATS is the crown jewel of the CSRA trails, and for good reason. FATS has something for everyone. Very few technical features make FATS a great place to get beginners hooked on the sport, and the excellent flow, pump track like feel, and high speed sections combined with lots of mileage keeps bringing the seasoned riders back for more time and time again.

In 2009 FATS was awarded IMBA Epic status, and in 2010 was the host trail for the annual IMBA World Mountain Bike Summit. The trails have been highlighted in several magazines, including BIKE, Blue Ridge Outdoors, and a series of web articles for Bicycling just to name a few.

FATS consists of six individual loops, each with their own character and feel. There are two parking lots, the South Trailhead is the main parking lot, and the North Trailhead is adjacent to Big Rock and Tower. The southern loops are Brown Wave, Skinny, Great Wall, and Deep Step. Big Rock and Tower make up the northern loops.


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May 8, 2019
Jonathan Rover
Nov 4, 2018
Andy Lister
Jul 21, 2018
Peggy Bristol Kinney
Jul 5, 2018
Scott McCluney
May 5, 2018
Wesley Black
Mar 10, 2018
john Shonk
not easy not crazy hard, fun ride, longer than thought it would be. pretty area lots of elevation change and windy
Feb 25, 2018
Edward Gurley
Fast and flowy!! 18.7mi
Jan 20, 2018
Mark O'Neal

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Not an easy trail, not too difficult but is windy, ups and downs, and some mud perhaps only in a few small spot where water collect. Longer than expected. very fun ride, Better than expected. Pines and deciduous trees throughout. Saw turkey int he area. Mar 21, 2018
Amber Ferreira
Grovetown, GA
Amber Ferreira   Grovetown, GA
Incredible, nice and hilly where you could catch some speed to get up the steeper parts. I'm relatively new to mountain biking, but and while I didn't clear it with ease, I cleared it and only needed to get off when a) I needed to recover for a few seconds, b) I didn't get enough speed to get up the hills, and c) I couldn't switch gears at the right time to get up the steeper hills. Aug 10, 2018

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