paris mtn firetower trail - Trail, Greenville, Carolina

paris mtn firetower trail - Trail, Greenville, Carolina

DESCRIPTION

singletrack, hard hard climb up mountian but fast downhill ride down.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jan 19, 2009]
JD529
Cross Country Rider

When my friend and I started the descent after reaching the top, it started snowing pretty hard. It had been flurrying on our way up the Brissy Ridge and Kanuga trails. Talk about a fun ride! The snow was sticking to us, our tires, and the trail, and stung when it hit our faces. The Firetower trail is pretty short, all downhill from the top with a few small jumps along the way down to keep things interesting.

Customer Service

Take Mountain Creek Trail from Park Center. Bear right onto Sulphur Springs and after a while take the switchback to the left. This connector trail (archery trail or something) will take you to a parking area. DO NOT GO STRAIGHT AND CROSS THE BRIDGE. The reason you want to take the connector trail to the road is because after the bridge, it is a straight-up climb for about 400 feet. Me and my friend hike-a-biked for about 30 minutes straight up, calves on fire. Taking the road will get you to the same parking area as the straight-uphill Sulphur Springs death hill. Once you get to the start of Brissy Ridge, take it until you get to Kanuga. Take Kanuga until it runs into Firetower, then go up or down, depending on how long you want to go downhill on Firetower. Going down Firetower, you merge onto Sulphur Springs again, which is a great DH section, my favorite part of any trail. When you get back to the parking area, take the Sulphur Springs trail straight ahead. Yes, it is the death hill, but it is a fun ride down, just make sure you have reliable brakes. Get on Mtn. Creek Trail and take it to the bottom. Total about 6.6 miles.

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sulphur springs starting from the top of the mountain, kanuga, brissy ridge

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 02, 2008]
mikebmiller@gmail.com
Cross Country Rider

I rode PM for the first time in years today (and only the second time ever). They have added some great stuff. The Kanuga trail was my favorite. This was about 2 miles of smooth as silk downhill with none of that technical stuff to slow you down. This can be accessed off the firetower trail. The new trails were obviously built with a Dingo. They are a good 2 feet wide and very smooth.

I also tried the Sulpher Springs downhill where they had the race last week. This was a bit too technical for me and I ended up getting off the bike several times. But overall, PM has really gotten to be a great place to ride. I will be making the trip over from Spartanburg on a regular basis.

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Croft, Dairy Ridge (Spartanburg) Pisgah, DuPont.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Dec 20, 2006]
scarch
Weekend Warrior

I put aerobic and technical difficulty at 3 each, but you can bump aerobic as high as 5 (though technical probably still as 3) by riding hard. The trail line is generous and smooth enough to allow high speeds and serious effort without interference from the terrain and flora.

This was the first mountain bike trail in the park. They just opened a dirt road that used to lead up to the (since dismantled) firetower. A couple years ago they substantially rerouted, recut, and refined to improve the trail for mountain bike use. It now has pretty good flow and is wide enough in spots for optional jumps.

Once at the top end of the trail, an option is to turn right and loop most of the way back via the Sulphur Springs Loop. It's worth a try for a little variety, but be aware that the SSL was cut before mountain bikes were a factor. Parts of it warrant a "5" for technical difficulty - short of freeriding or trials classification but tricky for a typical cross-country jaunt.

Bottom line: Good solid trail experience, though not IMO the best one in the park any more. Rides that are both longer and more interesting have been added since.

Customer Service

It's best to refer to the park map. I put a copy in my images here:

http://gallery.mtbr.com/data/mtbr/515/medium/Paris-MountainSP.gif

The trail description on this site is a bit off. The Firetower Trail is 1.6 miles long. You can ride it out & back for 3.2 or go right on the Sulpher Springs Loop where Firetower ends to make the ride a "P" shape instead. Check my notes regarding the Sulpher Spring portion above.

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Firetower is only 1.6 of about 16 bikable trail miles in Paris Mountain State Park. Late in 2006 they opened a short Campground Connector that is not on the map yet. Sometime in 2007 they will complete a 3 - 4 mile route from the Firetower down to Reservoir 3. Everything done since about 2003 is specifically designed to be entertaining for mountain bikers. These newer trails have excellent flow. Put the various trails together correctly and you have a ride that is way better than you would expect for Upstate SC. Hang around a while!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Feb 27, 2006]
ChuckChurch
Weekend Warrior

They recently changed the stupid trail rules so that now mountain bikes are allowed on all the trails every day except Saturday. Portions of Sulfur Springs and Brissy Ridge are still hiking only, but these trails are so steep anyway that hiking them requires you to pull yourself up with trees. They're no fun on a bike at all. Plus the new trail called Pippesewa or something like that is sweet. I've put together a loop for myself that covers about 13 miles on almost all the trails, has 1900 feet of climbing, and takes about 1:45 minutes. It's brutal, but fun.

Customer Service

First parking lot, trail over bridge, by the lake to Mountain Creek trail, take this to until you cross a bridge. Take the small trail to the left to bring you to road, take road up to Buckhorn gate. (Cat 2 climb). Take firetower trail up to Sulfur Springs trail on right. Take Sulfur Springs to top, come back down Firetower to near parking lot. Take Brissey Ridge by the sign to the new Pippesewa trail, take that down, do the loop around the lake. Take Pippesewa back up, then left on Brissey Ridge to road. Take left on road, steep climb back to Buckhorn. Take left past gate to the steep dirt hill. Take this trail (Sulfur Springs) down to Mountain Creek, back to car. 14 miles in all, pretty tough.

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Issequeena, Dupont Forest.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jun 06, 2005]
Irish
Cross Country Rider

Climbers will love this. The climb wiped me out, but I think that had to do more with the heat, it was first day this year where it topped 90 degrees. Not very technical (at least what I have rode so far)pretty much smooth sailing, biggest thing to watch out for is there were a lot of hikers. Downhill was fun. Also you can only bike on Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun.

Customer Service

What Ty laid out sounds good, I rode from the trail head at the Camp Buckhorn gate.

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Issaqueena, Doyle Bottom.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Mar 14, 2005]
Rick Wylie
Weekend Warrior

There are 3 trails in the park Firetower, Sulphur Springs and Mountain Creek. In addition there are the paved roads which integrate well into the ride. The paved roads provide the opportunity either a good warm up or cool down depending how you select your trail routes. Automobile traffic is generally minimal and typically moving at a slow pace as they should. The combination of the paved roads and good diversity of trails make for great riding. The Firetower trail is an easy non technical climb that can be done as an out and back or you can loop back into it using Sulphur Springs. Sulphur Springs offers a good mix of some speedy single track minimally technical climbing and I think fairly technical descent. Mountain Creek is easy fast single track. Everytime I ride these trails I like them better. I highly recommend Paris Mtn.

Customer Service

I prefer to park at either of the lots near the entrance. I then cross the lake on the footbridge and take a left onto Mtn. Creek Trail. I ride Mtn Creek 2 miles and at the intersection with Sulphur Springs go left and up tp connect with the paved road. Ride the pavement to the Firetower trail head then proceed up Firetower take the loop via Sulphur Springs back onto FT back to the trailhead. I then loop back to the left onto Brissey Ridge. Follow this trail until you reach pavement, take a left and follow paved road back to trailhead. Again loop left and up to Sulphur Springs lower your saddle, check your brakes and proceed to the intersection with Mtn. Creek then back to the parking lot. If you choose this route as you descend SS beware of those that areascending it's a little discouraging. Maybe some day I'll attempt reversing the order.

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Issaqueena, Pisgah, Dupont

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jan 04, 2005]
DWALLACE
Cross Country Rider

This trail system has improved dramatically with the recent additions. Paris Mountain has now become the "mini Pisgah" of Greenville (thank Goodness!). The route that Ty outlined on the previous post is a very challenging, fun 12 mile lariat. I've ridden it twice, and it takes about 85 minutes or so. The new Mountain Creek is a very smooth, flowing, twisty, well-designed trail. There are two very strenuous paved climbs and one strenuous singletrack climb (up Firetower). Approximately 10 of the 12 miles are singletrack. Brissy Ridge and Sulphur Springs both have rough, technical, but very ridable descents. The connecting trail between the upper parking lot and Mountain Creek is super tough, with 1-2 foot waterbars, big rocks, and rivals the toughest descents in Pisgah. The pitch and obstacles in this section are rough enough to make it unridable unless you lower you seat and have alot of confidence and skill. (I walked it). If this section is too tough, you can descend on the road and hook back up to Mountain Creek. All in all, this is a great loop and a wonderful addition to the mountain biking opportunities in Greenville. Ty tells me they're cutting new trails, so hopefully there will be even more trails soon!

Customer Service

I think the route Ty outlined in the previous post is the best route. I haven't tried to climb Brissy Ridge or Sulphur Springs counterclockwise yet, but I'm sure that would be a very challenging, technical climb (not sure if it's ridable that way...). Trails are open to bikers Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday--make sure to stay off the hiker only trails and be nice to hikers! All the hikers I've met have been very friendly and more than willing to share the trails with us.

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There is nothing else in Greenville that I'm aware of. Isaqueena is OK, Dupont is OK (way too many horses), but you can't touch Pisgah. Both the Bent Creek and North Mills River (Trace Ridge) trailheads are less than an hour from Greenville and each has over 40 miles of pure Pisgah singletrack.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Nov 29, 2004]
BMR
Cross Country Rider

The mountain biking opportunities have come a long way in the last 3 years. I should know, I am the Park Manager at Paris Mountain. Thanks for the positive reviews and generally good attitudes. We look forward to adding more sustainable trails. I'd like to ask a favor that as I try to demostrate that bikers and hikers can get along, will everyone please observe the trail guidelines. I am not trying to rain on anyone's parade just working towards the greater good. I welcome your comments. Call me at the office 244-5565 thanks, Ty Enough work let me tell you about the riding....Park at the first parking lot, Shelter 1, for the most trail time. Head left around the lake, over the CCC footbridge, through the Picnic Flats area, pass the swimming area, right over the small footbridge and then left at the fork. When you hit the road bed take a right to go through the Amphitheater. Follow along Mountain Creek and enjoy this new section of trail built by our trail crew and volunteers. The mountain creek trail surfs the terrain, even more so on the way back. After passing the sign that says restroom (2 miles in) and the waterline right away, in a 10th of a mile you'll split left to access the Sulphur Springs trail which is across the road and to your right. Take that trail up to Mountain Creek. Hike the steps up the dam, catch your breath and head out the old access road bed until you hit the road. Left on the road and gear down. The next Km is so steep that George Hincapie uses it for his hill training workouts. At the top of the road go left onto the Firetower/Sulphur Springs Trail. Enjoy this road to trails construction that happened due to 320 volunteers working on it one day!!. At the end of the Firetower the once illegal is now legal, (told you we are adding)take a right onto Sulphur Springs past the old Firetower Keeper's residence. This is old trail and it will make you appreciate our new stuff, stay alert. In about a mile it loops back onto the Firetower, go left. Just around the first bend look for the alternate wall ride and drop route built by our trail crew and volunteers. As the pavement comes into view take a hard left hairpin around the kiosk onto the Brissy Ridge trail. Enjoy the 3380 feet of new trail. It was the first new section that we built when I came to work here. On the ridge try to ride the big down log, I have or just go around it on the

Customer Service

left. Now its old trail and steep (new route coming this winter - volunteer!) It keeps going down and is technical until you hit the road. Go left and up for a mile and a half. Back at Buckhorn Gate go left and up the Sulphur Springs trail. At the peak, lower the seat and check the breaks. This is old trail and only for the experts. At the bottom it blends seamlessly with the Mtn Creek trail taking you past the Amphitheater, you know the rest of the way right? 8 miles 800 feet elevation up and back down. Enjoy and let others enjoy.

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Dupont

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Nov 10, 2004]
training wheel
Weekend Warrior

Since September there are now more trails open for mountain biking at Paris Mountain. Fire Tower trail has been improved since it has been converted from double track to single track. Previously, once you got to the end (top) of Fire Tower, you had to turn around and ride down. No longer. Now, you can turn right onto Sulpher Spring Trail which is a rather technical and fun singletrack that leads back to near the begining of Firetower, so it can be ridden as a loop. Also, Sulpher Spring can be ridden from the top at the parking area back down the mountain. I have only ridden parts of this section of Sulpher Spring, and it is quite challenging. The newest trail, Mountain Creek, starts near the ampitheater closer to the park entrance. It is not too technical, but is is fast, fun singletrack and definitely worth riding. Overall, these improvements with Brissy Ridge, make the Paris Mountain trails quite good. Keep in mind that all of the Paris Mountain biking trails are now "alternate use" with hiking, and only open to biking on Mon, Wed, Fri, and Sunday. For a map go to http://www.sctrails.net/trails/TEMPORARYMAPS/paris%20mtn%20park%20map.pdf

Customer Service

Clockwise up FireTower, right on Sulpher Springs, back down Firetower, then either down Brissy Ridge or accross the street to Sulpher Springs and down the mountain.

Similar Products Used:

Clemson, Dupont, Pisgah.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jan 19, 2004]
SparkyKD
Weekend Warrior

Great trail. Beautiful in summer/spring -- very green, and great in fall/winter -- great view around w/no leaves and no humidity :). Like everyone else said, you can either do Firetower with an initial ascent and back downhill, or the opposite scenario with Brissy Ridge (on hte right). Both are great, averagely takes about 1-1.5 hours for biking both trails (if your not hammering it). Almost any calibur of mtn biker could handle it (if your pretty decent, the "hiker only trails" on the top of Firetower are WORTH taking down for some real fun. The one on right @ the top (will actually pass the firetower) is pretty challenging, and if you take a left, its xtra-crazy (all the better).

Customer Service

Take firetower to the top, and take the hiking trail on the right back down. Reminds me of my brief mtn biking experience in Colorage for a little bit.

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obviously Pisgah... goto Paris mtn if you live near it and don't wanna drive far, but if you wanna just plain go on some crazy jumps and endless trails, goto Pisgah (NC), its definitely worth it.

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
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