Marrington Plantation - Trail, Goose Creek, Carolina

Marrington Plantation - Trail, Goose Creek, Carolina

DESCRIPTION

This is THE BEST TRAIL in the Low Country (actually the best within an hour and a half driving distance). A previous post was removed due to conflicts with the landowner, but they have been resolved and it IS open to the public. Do not go here expecting lung-burning climbs or thrilling descents (this IS the Low Country), but much work has been done to make the trail halfway challenging and rideable no matter how much rain falls (but expect some mudd unless its been dry for 2 weeks). The trail is singletrack/doubletrack and minimal fireroads. You almost MUST have a guide the first (or more) times you go due to the many, many offshoots and fireroads in the area (or you can tool around on the same 2 miles of singletrack that is easy to follow from the trailhead).

USER REVIEWS

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[Apr 24, 2009]
Shaniac
Weekend Warrior

I have ridden this trail about three times now and it is the very best that Charleston has to offer. There are no up hill climbs but there are plenty of twists and turns and a few technical areas that push your balance and log hopping skills.
If you want some really good up hill biking, try visiting Poinsett State Park, they have several trails from amateur to more experienced riders. Trails are listed below.
>Campbell Pond (2.6 miles)
>Hardcore (2.5 miles)
>Killer 3 Loop (10.0 miles)
>Poinsett Connector (2.5 miles)

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4
VALUE
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3
[Feb 28, 2009]
narayanelasmar
Cross Country Rider

DAMN! This trail is awesome. I definitely recommend this trail if you are in the Charleston Lowcountry area. I went with my girlfriend and we both enjoy it. Lots of hilly hills and turns and curves. The red route is 16 miles long but if you stay on the red route most beginners can manage. Go before 4pm cause it gets crowded.

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4
VALUE
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3
[Feb 20, 2009]
JD
Weekend Warrior

New sections added recently that make this trail even better. The sections are called Fosters Creek phases1 through 3. It is true hand built single track with nice benched sections and short steep climbs, yes I said climbs. It adds a totally different dimension to this already great trail.

How to get there on the trail: At Don's Crossing where the Red trail, The Amazon, and the jump section are at you will see an orange section. Pedal in there and have some fun.

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4
VALUE
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2
[Jan 02, 2009]
fastmtnbiker33w
Racer

WOW! I started my mountain biking life in Charleston way back in 1983. I would have never dreamed that enough mountain bikers would ever exist in the lowcountry for something like Marrington to come to fruition. My wife and I RIPPED it over the Christmas holiday 2008 on the single speeds. We got to see a bloated dead aligator floating in the pond/swamp-lake-whatever bog! One of the highlights of our trip.

The trails in this area are VERY fast and if you single speed it, run the biggest gear in your quiver. I rolled a 32x18 on the 29er and it was WAY too small. This area is probably best during the winter months as I remember the mosquitoes being the size of Subaru Justies during the warmer months. When it is warmer, I don't think I'd ride it alone due to encounters with gators and snakes.

Marrington is truly great stuff for the lowcountry. Go rigid and single and it will be a challenging workout. Hit the teeter totter with lots of speed as you need to be on the very end of it to get it to drop.

Keep up the good work Lowcountry Fat Tire Freaks! Thanks for the leaf blower action!

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4
VALUE
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3
[Dec 21, 2007]
Carl
Cross Country Rider

A follow-up on my 2006 posting. Rode here after a day of rain... props to the trail crew. This trail sheds water well, few spots of standing water noted on the red trail. Though flat, the trail will give you a good workout as you push a big gear to maintain speed. Some well-placed see-saws and nice jumps have been made with a nicely banked curve before you get to the Amazon -- nicely done, YEE-HAW!!!

Trail crew -- please email when volunteers are needed for trail work. Would like to pay back in time for the good trail with tough conditions to work with.

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Road trip to the Asheville area. Many nice places to go there and get some climbing in.

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3
VALUE
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2
[Oct 14, 2007]
ryan
Cross Country Rider

This trail is only open tuesday and thursday during the week after Aug. 1st because of hunting season which I found out today after visiting the trail for the first time.

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3
VALUE
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2
[Apr 20, 2007]
lasiv
Weekend Warrior

This place has definitely been upgraded since I was last here a few years ago. Nice singletrack, good views. Not very technical, not much climbing. But, easily the best trail in the Charleston area.

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You have to go to Harbison in Columbia or Killer 3 near Sumter if you want more hills.

OVERALL
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4
VALUE
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2
[Mar 05, 2007]
jeremy
Weekend Warrior

The Trail was in excellent condition, mad props to the people who maintain it. Nice single track, jumps and even a teeter- totter makes riding out there a great time. There is something for everyone. Best ride I had in awhile.

Customer Service

From the Trail head I rode counter clock wise on the red trail. A little over thirteen miles.

OVERALL
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4
VALUE
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4
[Dec 27, 2006]
Hwkscr
Weekend Warrior

The best trail in the Charleston area. Easy to get to and has very well marked trails. The crew that maintains the trails has been hard at work the past couple of weeks. The trail has been improved with several new technical sections that will really test your balance and skill. They have also added a few fun obstacles like log climbs and two teeter-totters. If you are rally looking for some fun stuff make your way over the "the Pit" its off the beaten path of the popular red section, but is well worth the trip. Basically it’s a clay like bowl that has been dug out and now provides several great drop-ins’ and hill climbs. You can get to it by following the red trail until it meets up and runs along the paved sidewalk by the road. When the red trail goes back into the woods go right and follow the trail. Once there you can take another route back to the red trail. If you like to ride through some mud then you have to check out the Amazon section that can be very wet after heavy rains. You should check the trail out several times a month, b/c there are always improvements and new stuff being added. If you see anything in the woods you'd like to see added make a note of it at the trail head, the work crew is always looking for ideas.

Customer Service

The Red trail is by far the most used trail. As stated above make you’re way to "the pit." After you have ridden a few times try mixing things up on the blue trails there are several really good board walks that stretch across the swamps and you can see some good wildlife. Make sure you ride the new stuff.

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Pretty much the only show in town

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4
VALUE
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2
[Oct 16, 2006]
Carl Erickson
Cross Country Rider

This trail is well built and fast for a swamp! Coming from California this trail is a pleasant surprise. It is mostly big ring runnin' through the swamp. I have ridden the perimeter trail, the red one, three times now. It is a good hour grind, quicker if you roll. Not technical at all, though it does challange you to maintain speed running through the multiple curves.

Customer Service

Take the red perimeter trail to get a feel for the place and intersperse your ride with the fire roads and the blue trails. It is impossible to get lost here, just stay on the trails. This is a known alligator and snake area... leave them alone and they will leave you alone!

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Still looking...

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3
VALUE
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2
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