FATS - Brown Wave - Trail, Clarks Hill, Carolina

FATS - Brown Wave - Trail, Clarks Hill, Carolina

DESCRIPTION

The Forks Area Trail System (FATS) opened MArch 25th with 11 miles open for riding. This listing is for the bottom loop, AKA The Brown Wave. The Brown Wave is 5.6 miles in length. It is full of jumps, bermed turns, 2 rock gardens and enough dips to make a ice cream vendor jealous. I''ve seen some of the jumps doubled by a highly skilled rider. To get to The Brown Wave, take the trail out of the parking lot. Presently there is only one trail, but eventually this will be the option to the left. Take this about 1/2 mile to the and go left, crossing a gravel road. At the main junction just below this road, take the Skinny Loop to the next junction. Follow the signs to The Brown Wave (TBW). You can either way on TBW, but I like counter clockwise better. This would taking a right onto the trail. Now, you are on TBW. Cross the powerlines, and get ready for a DH full of BIG HITS. We call this Junior Brown. It''s a hell of climb if riding the other direction. Be careful the first time you ride this section. Ride it a few times before you decide to go big. The trail roles along nicely until you see a sign that says Dips Area. This we call The Brown Wave Proper. BE CAREFUL IN HERE. Roll these dips the first few times. Some of these can be doubled if you have skill. It is easy to get out of control if you don''t control your speed. This DH ends with a nice view of the Savannah River. It''s a nice rolling climb out, then a cool section that seems too tight to have been built with machines - but it was. After crossing the next gravel road, you go up Dark Side of the Moon and then up Shuttle Run. Dark Side is deep craters and Shuttle Run the big climb on TBW when riding CCW. Shuttle Run into Dark Side is a hoot when riding clockwise. At the top of Shuttle Run, you cross another gravel road and take this back to the connection with the Skinny Loop. Ride the Skinny Loop up to the trailhead. Have fun and be careful.

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 11, 2010]
aerowser
Weekend Warrior

If I had to pick only one trail to ride the rest of my life, this would be it. Very fast; white knuckle fun. I rode on my way to Myrtle Beach; great stop-off close to I-20.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
2
[May 16, 2010]
crager34
Weekend Warrior

It's been awhile since anyone has posted here and this if for the entire F.A.T.S!! All routes are great, hard packed, nice flow, nothing to technical.

Customer Service

All of F.A.T.S.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 09, 2009]
VeloRace
Cross Country Rider

I rode this trail after not riding in this area for almost 10 years (old Tower trail) it has changed! I kept hearing how fun it was. I rode skinny, Brown Wave, Great Wall. In fact, I went, ate lunch & headed back for more. Deep Step & Skinny. All the trails are great, but Brown Wave is Awesome!
Some sections seemed uphill, but I didn't have to pedal b/c of the pump track feel to the trail. Lots of bunny hopping/Jumping!
All Highly recommended trails! I'm anxious to go back again!

Customer Service

I talked w/ a couple different locals that were there & they all said it was preference which way to go - every way is lots of FUN!
Good signage at each intersection.

Similar Products Used:

Modoc

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 27, 2007]
papkec
Cross Country Rider

AWESOME TRAIL!!!! This is probably the best trail I have ever ridden! There are MANY whoops jumps, and dips with minimal climbing. It is hard to keep your bike on the ground at times...if you jump at the wrong time you will case the next jump with ugly consequences. There are a couple of warning signs riding CCW...take them serious the whoops can throw you off your bike.

Customer Service

CCW ride as figure 8 riding up the hill on the gravel road...hard to explain

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Dec 18, 2006]
Ace_Brown43
Cross Country Rider

I have ridden all over the country and usually catagorize trails as either challenging, scenic or just plain fun. There were two trails in the simply fun class until now. TBW was just added to one in Fruita which I have forgotten the name but it was a carnival ride up and down the sides of a wash that I have ridden numerous times just cause it is FUN. Phil's trail near Bend, OR is lots of laughs too. But now TBW is in this same group too. I rode out Skinny then did TBW clockwise. This trail is a hoot. It had me laughing out loud! I did have some trouble figuring where to go, so basically just kept going left until I came back to a point I recognised. I saw no signs giving directions. There were lots of sign posts but no locations or directions were posted.

Customer Service

I think TBW might be better ridden CCW but I enjoyed it emmensly going CW and could not see where it would make a lot of difference. There was a lot of red ribbon and paper arrows around but little to tell me which way to go. I should have taken a photo of the posted trail map and carried it with me. There was a place for maps but it was MT that day.

I came down Hwy 28 from the north and had no idea where to turn but luckily spotted the described road. This was about 6 miles south of Clarks Hill.

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Can't say as Skinny/TBW were all I rode, got there late in the day.

If they are as good as TBW this could be a new mecca for mountain bikers.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 14, 2006]
JamBo
Weekend Warrior

What a great trail system. The whole thing is fun, fast & fantastic! I wish it was in my back yard! Kudos to the guys out there who've put in a great deal of time & effort to make this trail system a reality. From the minute I got out of my car until I got back in to take off everyone I came in contact w/ was very nice & helpful. Brian, a guy who I met in the parking lot asked if I wanted to tag along when he heard it was my first ride @ FATS. The trails are amazing. Banked turns, dips... (a word of caution-- be prepared to take flight if you carry too much speed into the DIPS area). I think I scuffed up my chamois w/ my rear tire trying to stay on my bike on the first big dip! Yeehaw! The trails are nicely packed to allow you to really go. To those guys who always complain about the trail not being "supremely technical" -- pedal harder & find some sunshine Pal! Congratulations SORBA members you have a great trail system to match your great MTB community! I'm smiling thinking about my next trip. Thank you!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[May 29, 2006]
MtnSpectre
Cross Country Rider

All I have to say is I still have a smile on my face!!!

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The other two trails in the FATS area!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
2
[May 21, 2006]
DirtHog
Cross Country Rider

This trail is a lot of fun. Well designed and constructed. Tons of rollers and dips for catching air. The trail flows very well and the climbs are neither very long or very steep. Riding this trail is like riding a roller coaster. I can think of no other trail to compare it to other than the Great Wall. Well woth the 3 hour drive from Atlanta if you do all 3 FATS trails.

Customer Service

Counterclockwise

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Great Wall is very similiar. Skinny is fun but not as much as Great Wall or Brown Wave

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
2
[Apr 11, 2006]
seenvic
Cross Country Rider

This is the trail of the future. Or at least it should be. Built with machines in a forest that will make it singletrack in one full season. The machines allow the turns to be bermed, with drains before and after. The machines allow the whoops to be big on the left, and smaller on the right. It gives you the choice of what you want to experience. You like going big, pull up on the bars and you'll be flying. You like staying on the ground, push down on the bars and you'll stick to the ground like glue.

Specifically, the FATS sits on a pre-historic shoreline of the Atlantic Ocean. While only 200-550' above sea level, it has mountain like topography with bowl shaped landscapes. The farming done on this land caused massive erosion gullies. As we design and build trails on the contours of these hills, the rider is constantly going through these erosion gullies. On the downhills, the gullies become jumping opportunities. On the climbs, the gullies aid you in pumping your way to the top. I've been told the Brown Wave is the worlds largest pump track. And I've been asked how did we make it all downhill.

The riding on The Brown Wave is unlike any other trail in this area. The FATS as a whole will put South Carolina on the MTB map and will draw riders from a long way away. I hope they go home and build trail like this one. As I do believe it is the future of what most trails built from here on out will be like.

Customer Service

I like The Brown Wave counter clockwise. But it's good either way.

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There will be 6 loops at the FATS eventually.

Also, Horn Creek, Hickory Knob, Baker Creek, Modoc, Turkey and Wine Creek are excellent. For the kids or beginners, try the Bartram Trail.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Apr 09, 2006]
azdrawdy
Cross Country Rider

This trail is the real deal, and it is just getting started! The open section presently includes The Brown Wav and part of The Skinny (a connector at this time to get you from the parking lot to TBW. It is unlike anything else we have in this area and promises to be the most popular trail we have going.

The trail at the parking lot starts out in a nice little flowing downhill manner, with lots of quick jumps and berms. You will then cross the gravel road and rail a couple 180 degree berms. Keep going straight and you will start getting air and railing berms, one after the other. You can't help but whoop it up (and you haven't even gotten to TBW yet!).

Soon you will hit the wye, or the entrance to TBW, maybe 100 feet before crossing under the power lines. My favorite way is to enter TBW on the right leg, which puts you in a CCW loop. Once again, it is full of quick climbs, fast berms tons of quick jumps and lots of opportunities to pump your bike and keep the flow going. A couple of rock gardens keep you on your toes.

Like what has already been mentioned, when you start going down the actual TBW for the first time, WATCH YOURSELF! It is really easy to get some seriously fast speed, and you will want to nail the jumps. Once you've ridden it a few times, then nail'em, but check your flow first. It is easy to get the back tire kicked up on some of the rollers.

After that, stop at the river and catch your breath. Go ahead and GRIN! Then start your gradual climbs, head into the pines and relax. Just like earlier, you'll still be railing berms and nailing small jumps, with a couple good climbs thrown in. Soon, you are back at the wye. Either turn around and try it CW, do another CCW, or head back on the connector (Skinny).

With all this said, do keep in mind that this trail is brand new and CANNOT TAKE traffic immediately after a rain. If it is too mucky, please stay off this trail as we have a bunch of established trails in the very immediate vicinity.

Customer Service

CCW. Or CW. Or, whatever! Just come out and ride the best thing this area has to offer. We have the backing of the USFS, SCPRT and the local community. THE ONE THING WE REALLY NEED ARE MORE SORBA/CSRA MEMBERS!!! If you like this trail and want to see it contimue to grow, please join.

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Hmmm...I really like Horn Creek (aka Lick Fork Lake Rec Area). That's where we have the Baker's Dozen 13hr endurance race and it is a great 6 mile rooty loop. Plus, it is right down hwy 230 from FATS.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
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