Marrington - TRAIL

Marrington - Trail, Goose Creek, Carolina

Trail is typical of the South. Take a right at the trail head, other wise you will miss alot of the jumps. Legally you are supposed to turn in a form to the Naval Base to get permission to ride. It will take 4 to 6 weeks. I enjoyed it and will be riding again soon. I put skill level beginner, but could be intermediate

User Reviews (7)

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Michael_L   Cross Country Rider [Nov 11, 2014]

We were visiting from Southern California where mountain biking is on real mountains hence my low ratings in the aerobic and technical difficulties categories. Since there is really no elevation gain a good work out requires riding hard and fast and it is quite fun. We did it in mid/late October under absolutely ideal weather and riding conditions. First timers should have a map since it is easy to get turned around when your only views are trees around you. If I lived there this would be my multiple per week ride. If I could I would give it three and a half stars but I will be generous.

Customer Service

Getting there look for the recreation area sign. If you end up at the Naval Base guard house you've gone too far, go back about a mile. Do em' all (loops) but be aware right near the end in a grassy "power line" looking clearing as the trail dead ends just over an old wooden bridge. Back over the bridge to pick up the sharp right hand turn (from the original direction) riding up the clearing. That turn was nearly invisible and we back tracked a couple miles until finding a local to show the way out.

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4
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1
Rob White   Cross Country Rider [Jun 16, 2014]

This trail needs an updated recommendation ! I made my way to this trail over the weekend and I was pleasantly surprised. I live in NC, but my parents live in Charleston and I will bring my bike every time I visit. The trail makes great use of the land and features of this area, you go through several different landscapes: swamp, riverbanks, woods. No elevation whatsoever, and not technically challenging to an intermediate rider but for the lowcountry, this is a cool spot to ride a bike. I think with all options the trail is ~20 miles? This would be a great place to bring kids out to learn to ride, or for beginners to hone their skills.

Customer Service

I met a local in the lot when I arrived and he showed me around. The popular route is counter clockwise. All the options are well marked just follow the red trail blazes and you will be fine!

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4
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2
Luv To Ride   Weekend Warrior [Apr 07, 2012]

Been riding this trail off and on for 6 years. This trail is in awesome shape and offers at least 20 miles of great single track.

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5
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4
win_pop123   Weekend Warrior [Dec 20, 2011]

The good: well maintained, well marked, the best off road trail within 1.5 hour drive of charleston sc.
The bad: Pretty boring trail as mountain bike trails go but what else would you expect in the Low Country.

One more note. Not sure about the "required pass' thingy. i didn't see any signs indicating a pass was required.

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4
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3
Mark Kendall   Cross Country Rider [Jul 21, 2011]

Trail is good considering how flat this part of the country can be. Sand, roots, and gullies keep it interesting. Not a really hard trail, flows well and pretty tight single track. Many websites state you need a day pass from Naval office since it's on their land, but I've never gotten one and never had a problem. Pass is $10, must be applied for in person and takes 10 days to get it if approved. Good luck with that hassle. Trail is Not very technical. Maps at trailhead in a mailbox are helpful although trail is blazed/marked pretty well. Check Low Country Fat Tire Freaks on Facebook to make sure trail is open.

Customer Service

Red blaze main with any yellow blaze options. Clay pits, amazon, and Foster areas seemed the most interesting to me.

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4
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2
John   Cross Country Rider [Sep 26, 2010]

Theres about 19 total miles of single track here. It's a great trail network and the guys who built it should be thanked if you meet them out there. The trail is fast and flat, with some interesting sections to keep you on your toes. There's a see-saw, a few narrow wood ramps, lots of roots, a few rocky sections, tight trees, flowing hardpack, deep sand, deep mud, shallow sand. There's some detours you can take to lengthen your ride (make sure you do clay pits and and foster's loop). I think most people stick to the red loop, 13.5 miles, as this gives you the best chance NOT to eat a banana spider.

Customer Service

From parking lot:

Yellow > roadside paved trail > right onto blue before reentering forest > claypits > fosters > red back to parking lot

Similar Products Used: None really, this is about the only thing worthy of our $$$ bikes
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4
VALUE
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2
Rachel   Downhiller [Jul 21, 2010]

This trail is pretty intense and isnt for "fake" mountain bikes (i mean walmart brand bikes, learned that the first time, mine couldnt handle it) the trail is long and great for an awesome adventure. watch out for wildlife.
**FYI**
in order to ride this trail, you must go to the MWR/ITT office on base and fill out a Marington Patron Pass for anyone who is not Military, since it is on the Naval Weapons Station Base police will check your ID. the pass only takes about 2 weeks to process (background check) and it is $10 for civilian and $5 for military dependents/retirees. and they also rent out mountain bikes for less than $15 a day.
their phone # is (843)764-2120
hope this helps :)

Similar Products Used: Charlston County Parks, nice trails for easy riders
www.ccprc.com
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5
VALUE
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4
Alan Dykstra   Weekend Warrior [Jun 07, 2010]

Well Im new to mountain biling/ trail riding so I found this tral to be a bit of a challenge riding the ( Red ) trail for the first time. Those wooden bridges being as narrow as they are made me nervous I did enjoy the ride even if I did get a bit beat up not having a full suspension bike, mine oly has front suspension. Will ride again in the future

Similar Products Used: I think I will try a something geared to easier riding such as the
Palmetto trail head that goes around lake Marion
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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
2
Collin   Cross Country Rider [Mar 18, 2010]

This is definitely the best trail around Charleston, well maintained and marked. If you are a civilian (non-DOD employee) an annual user pass is required and can be purchased for $10 at the outdoor rec center located at the last traffic light on Red Bank Road before you turn into the trail head. It does take several weeks to get the pass but you are allowed to ride as long as you have the reciept for the pass.
The trail is mostly open flowing single track with very little elevation change so you pedals will always be turning. The yellow sections and Foster Creek provide some tighter technical sections.

Customer Service

The blaze color code is as follows:
Red: main Marrington loop ~13.5 miles
Blue: cuts the red short
Yellow: technical option to the red; yellows lead back to the red
Orange: Foster Creek loop ~4 miles
Red+yellow+orange=~17 miles
Do not skip Foster creek it is more technical that the red and lots of fun.

Similar Products Used: K3, Harbison, FATS, Lynches Woods
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4
VALUE
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3
cooter32   Weekend Warrior [Jan 22, 2010]

THE best trail in the low country! There is a standard 12 mile non-repeating loop with many offshoots. It is a fast mostly level grade singletrack but not boring. It's definitely rugged. Full suspension preferred unless you enjoy getting beat up by the tree roots. It's a good mix from fast smooth hardpack to the technical twisty that turns in to some small climbs with a fast downhill section that a couple of step jumps have been incorporated. I do a 17mile loop that kind of backtracks but it is a blast. It is a swamp/forest with lots of wildlife. I have seen Bobcat, Alligators and tons of snakes.

Customer Service

Just jump in at the parking lot and go! Check out these clips I made on you tube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vp-SOkJTDR0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZh5ftoCH0Q&feature=related

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5
VALUE
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4
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