Furman University - Trail, Greenville, Carolina

Furman University - Trail, Greenville, Carolina

DESCRIPTION

Not a very difficult trail, but plenty of roots. Bring an extra tube or two. Can be fast if you like to ride hard, and to get a workout on this trail you need to ride hard. The trail eventually ends and comes out at the front entrance to the college. From there make a right and go behind the auditorium and, it is hard to find, take a trail along the fence that is behind the bushes. This will take you all the way around the apartments and will come out on the other side of the lake. From there you can ride the trail back or take the roads back. I prefer to take the roads back, for there are many sights to see while school is in session there.(If you know what I mean)

USER REVIEWS

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[Mar 15, 2007]
davidhill
Cross Country Rider

I ride the trails around Furman just about every day, I live only 2 or 3 miles away. I really enjoy riding here, its great for a daily workout routine and help get in shape. The trails are a lot of fun, and can get very technical in places. The trail around the lake is a piece of cake, and not too exciting. But the 10 or so intersecting trails in the woods behind Timmons Arena are a blast! 99% of the trails are single track, twisting, and root covered. There are many little streams to cross, most of which have small bridges, but some do not. The combinations of trails through these woods is almost endless, when I ride them I feel like im reading one of those 'Choose Your Adventure' books from when I was a kid. There are a few long, straight, wide sections that you can ride very fast. All along the trail are small obsticle courses that are technically "off limits" to the public, but can provide some extra fun if no one's looking. I ride these trails with a hardtail, but I would recommend a FSB if you have one just because its so 'rooty'.

Customer Service

Park at Timmons Arena and hop onto the trails that run parrallel with the road. This will lead you out to the fun stuff! Just ride until you see a trail that looks like fun and take it. All the trails end up intersecting each other at some point, so getting lost isnt really possible.

The trails around the lake are fun for beginners, and after a week they can get rather boring. This is when you behind Timmons Arena and have some real fun.

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Paris Mountain, or course, is awesome.

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Mar 01, 2007]
David Hill
Cross Country Rider

I live only a few miles from FU and I ride the on-campus trails just about every day after work. To me this trail is a lot of fun! It has quite a few large roots to jump over or maneuver around and there are several fast tight sections with humps and dips that will pump your adrenaline, if only for a few moments. There are several narrow wooden bridges to watch out for. With only a few climbing sections, its not the best trail for aerobic excercise, unless you really ride it hard. But for the beginning biker it will certainly cause you to lose your breathe once or twice. There are a few "play" areas around the lake that are cool to test your true skills on, or crack your skull open. haha. Overall this trail is fun, and great for daily riding.

Customer Service

Starting at the left side of the lake, take the first entrance onto the trail. Ride all the way up and around to the backside of the campus next to the apartments. Follow the trail up the 100 yard climb (not a very steep climb) to the summit and take the small, narrow path to the left. This is a very narrow path leading through the bush and back down to the far side of the lake, coming out just behind the amphitheater. Ride the asphalt walking path back around to where you started and do it all over again. You can make 3-4 passes with this particular loop in about an hour depending on how hard you want to ride. Its a lot of fun! There are lots of different connecting trails to ride on, so go exploring and find the path that you like the best!

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Hands down Paris Mountain is the best.. and its only 5 minutes from Furman!

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Dec 18, 2006]
Dave Wright
Weekend Warrior

You can ride dirt around most of Furman's perimeter fence. The parts that are between Furman and the golf course, and behind Timmons Arena, are the most interesting. You can use campus roads and walks to link the sections together for a total ride of 5 - 6 miles. Good trails if you live nearby like I do, but I wouldn't make a special trip.

The trails are twisting singletrack with some heavily rooted sections, a few obstacles, and some short climbs. The trail is not regularly maintained; deadfall trees block sometimes block the trail for weeks or months until someone clears them.

My ratings below assume conservative riding. That's my style because I'm too old (47 at this writing) to deal with broken bones. You might bump aerobic and technical difficulty up a bit with aggressive riding.

Customer Service

Find the perimeter fence at any of the Furman entrances and start riding. Look for additional loops through the woods in the area behind Timmons Arena. Take a break to enjoy the view around the lake. Pop into the student union for coffee and snack. Repeat until tired or bored, whichever comes first. A grand day out!

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Paris Mountain State Park is an Upstate area gem. Over the past few years the trail network has been substantially expanded to support mountain biking as well as hiking. I will post reviews shortly.

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RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
[Dec 30, 2002]
Andrew

hey guys. if this is the trail that im thinkig about on the campus, its really fun. i went there once for a mtn biking camp, and had the chance to ride it a few times. there are a few roots, but i think the fun is worth it. on one of the tails(we did TT's on this one) there is a pipe at the very begenning. watching someone hop up and over this thing faster than they could going around it is something to see. just as long as they actually mae it over, haha. theres also a makeshift bridge over a creek, made from sturdy branches. be careful on this thing, someone broke their seat clamp on it by hitting it to hard. seemed kinda funny at the time though.

Customer Service

not to sure, only been there once, and i was asleep

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in the clemson are, try outTIGER RAG. had a cane creek race out there and its a blast, just one HUGE climb that'll test your power

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RATING
4
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