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Great Wall

Intermediate
 4.7 (29)

A scenic and technical FATS trail.


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Map Key

6.8

Miles

11.0

KM

Singletrack

409' 125 m

High

197' 60 m

Low

605' 184 m

Up

599' 183 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Allowed

No horses or ATVs

Description

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.

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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.

sorbacsra.org/Trails/FATS.htm

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Shared By:

Patrick Smith with improvements by Michael Mitchell

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  4.7 from 29 votes

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Always a great day.
Nov 13, 2016 near Martinez, GA
This Great Wall at Forks Area Trail System in South Carolina. Great Wall is a 9 mile ride in total from Trail and Back. Depending on the direction you'll have more down hill or absolute brutal but still awesome climbs.
Jan 9, 2021 near Martinez, GA
It levels out here after a steep climb if going clockwise on Great Wall
Mar 11, 2015 near Murphys…, SC
Nice rocky fun on Great Wall Trail
Mar 11, 2015 near Murphys…, SC

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Apr 4, 2021
Scott Heckert
6.8mi — 1h 00m
Nov 18, 2020
Travis Toelkes
Sep 13, 2020
Jeff McNutt
7.6mi — 59h 40m
Sep 6, 2020
Tom Woody
7.7mi — 1h 22m
Aug 5, 2020
al casey
Jul 12, 2020
Drew Slotnick
Nice ride. Some muddy areas. One down tree that someone with experience could around it, i didn't chance it :)
Sep 23, 2019
Rosstipher Jordan
8mi — 1h 10m
Jun 29, 2019
Greg Tempel