Tour De Dump (Southside) - Trail, Spartanburg, Carolina

Tour De Dump (Southside) - Trail, Spartanburg, Carolina

DESCRIPTION

This trail has quite alot to offer: Short steep decents, tight single track, creek crossings, mud, sand, roots, rocks, bunny hop-able logs, you name it's there. most of the trail is easily rideable by beginers, but beware: the powerline section can be dangerous (I've got a knarly collar bone to prove it!) The trail has two loops the first about 5.5, and the 2nd about 3.5.

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 26, 2014]
Rider Two
Cross Country Rider

I rode Southside in late summer 2014. It's been about 4 years since I've been there. Not much has changed, but it seems like it hasn't been maintained very well.

For those who ride there often, no big deal. They know the trails and won't get lost.

For those who haven't been here before, print out a trail map ahead of time and bring it with you.

This trail system used to be well-marked, but most of the large map/kiosks at the major intersections are gone. The maps are torn, faded, or missing, and the wooden posts are rotten.

There are small metal trail signs with the trail names on them, attached to trees every so often, so you can use that, but with there now being so many re-routes around fallen trees and other obstacles, it is easier to get lost (if you're not familiar with it).

Overall, I still love Southside. I don't get a chance to ride it often. I started to like it the first few times I rode it, because, compared to other trails I ride, it was a little more "wild."

It's definitely more wild now! Huge fallen trees in some areas with no re-route. Parts of trails overgrown with tall weeds so you could barely see the trail (Rock Creek Trail, etc.). With all the trees, weeds, unbroken tree limbs on the ground and even plenty of thick spider webs, it seemed like I was the first person to ride some of the inner trails in a few days.

Some of the bridges were broken. It appeared like there were some attempts to fix them, but some were still messed up. I don't normally mind obstacles like that, because it makes things harder (more fun!). But sometimes it messes up the flow. I could see how it would mess up newer riders (who have to get off and walk around deep ruts, broken bridges, etc.)

It actually made me a little sad to see the trail in this state of repair, even though it felt good to put my tires in the dirt there after a few years of not visiting.

She still gets a 4 star review, because there's a lot to offer. I'm just wondering if any of the locals have been maintaining it at all?

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 25, 2010]
melbatoast
Weekend Warrior

Really nice trail system. Easy enough for someone to start out on, but long enough and with a good variety of obstacles to keep it interesting. Lizard Trail especially is fun (deep drops and some jumps!), but the swooping singletrack through the highgrass on the backside of the trail was fun as well. Some steep climbs and roots, creek crossings (some with bridges, some without...) and a few other gulleys and whatnot. All in all a pretty solid track, you can definitely keep the speed up.

Customer Service

http://www.stumpjump.org/index_files/Page759.html

^^dunno if that link has been posted here yet, but it's an updated map with the stumpjump course mapped out.

Similar Products Used:

Paris Mtn, Isaqueena

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jan 12, 2009]
JAKEEFER
Cross Country Rider

This trail can take on different personalities depending on the seasons...
In summer, it has some amazingly fast hardpack with medium to short technical climbs, log hops, small rock gardens, creek crossings and some other "more interesting" features that aren't on the trail maps. In winter however, it can be a muddy leafy mess that can be a nightmare for the unprepared or unskilled.

This trail isn't amazing in any category but has something for nearly everyone. There's enough mileage for good training rides, plenty of technical sections to keep your bike handling up, some trails with large chutes and roller coasters and recently some things that require more nerve and good health insurance.

The trail is very well mapped, with a map kiosk at every major intersection. It is VERY difficult to get "lost".

Customer Service

This really depends on what you'd like to accomplish... for beginners staying on the Southside loop is advisable Preferably Clockwise. You'll find that many of the obstacles are only passable for newbies in this direction.

Intermediate and beyond have many choices... my typical ride is Southside CW - High and Dry - Southside - Rock Creek - Centerline - Lizard - Southside ... it is very easy to blend trails together to make your own route...

Similar Products Used:

Paris Mountain

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Dec 14, 2006]
cyclechic
Cross Country Rider

At this point, I have ridden this park once, but intend to try and hit it once a month. I like the fact that it is in Spartanburg, close to home for me. The park is very well maintained, thanks to UMBA. We rode a little over 12 miles, at least according to my bike computer, and did Southside Loop, Indian Trail, Rock Creek, and Centerline (twice). Normally we ride Paris Mt, but trying to get out and see other trails. This was very easy, with the exception of the big drops on Indian Trail - those are intense. Had a GREAT time riding the park - highly recommended, beginners can walk through the tough parts.

Similar Products Used:

Paris Mt - but be ready for steeper, more technical (as in more frequently technical than here) trails, a beginner might find themselves walking more than riding here.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 20, 2006]
clvlc4door
Weekend Warrior

Basically this is some of the best trails in SC you can get in a great ride about 4+ hours depending on what trails you take. These trails are great cause it all loops so no riding the same trail like at other places. There is also lots of creek crossing which are fun and some spots have VERY hard uphill and then very fast downhill. Like its been said b4 this trail has a lot to offer and is well maintained and marked. Since it is so well marked(with trail maps at each intersection) if you get lost there is something wrong with you. these trails are awesome and worth the drive.

Customer Service

First take the left loop the climb up scots hill(pretty hard) but the downhill is very worth it. Then take the high and dry trail and then the rock creek trail. after riding those trails it brings you the centerline trail ride it the top and ride the right side loop back down to the center line trail again. Oh and be sure to hit up the lizard trail its new and lots of fun!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 12, 2006]
jahlion247
Weekend Warrior

After purchasing my bike I went stright to Southside. Now I call it a second home. It is everything I wanted in a bike trail. Technical singles, big jumps, great scenes, wildlife, wonderful downhills and challenging ups. I rotate direction and find both equally bad ass. As I upgrade my Trek 3900, I find myself looking for larger drops. Idaho will deliver! I find some of the riders I run into snobby but I guess their everywhere.

Customer Service

Any which way but down. Every trail is a 5, every direction is a 5. Go opposite of the 30+ year old snobs and hags.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Aug 19, 2005]
TheWheelman
Weekend Warrior

The Southside trail (Tour de Dump) is decieving. Most of it is no harder than Leroy Springs, which I believe rates a three in tech. BUT there are some portions that are definitly more technical than anything I have yet seen at Leroy. The trail itself is dynamite. VERY scenic, with just about every type of hazard imaginable. I took the northern half of the perimeter trail, the whole of which is better known as the Southside loop. This is, from what I hear, the less technical part of the whole loop, and I believe it, having gotten lost a couple of times and seeing some of what te rest has to offer. Which brings me to the bad points of this ride. Although there are maps available it the Parking lot/start, these are pretty much useless on the actual trails as with but a few exceptions, the trails themselves are NOT marked. To make matters worse, there are many more trails in R.L. than are listed on the map, so it is almost impossible to figure out where you are and what direction you are headed. Map or no map. The few intesections I saw (all on the first portion of the northern half, clockwise direction) that are marked are done so very well, with maps showing your exact location. However, the rest of the trails do not have these maps, just blank plaques. And most of the intersections don't even have that. As a result, by the time I finally managed to find the parking lot again, I had ridden much further than I was able, and was barely able to limp back in. Because of this, instead of giving these trails the 4 chilli's it should have, I'm provisionally dropping it's rating down to 2 chilli's, until this problem is fixed.

Customer Service

I would recommend, unless you are very sure of your technical skills, that you take this half, and in a clockwise direction, as what is difficult this way, would easily be near insurmaountable to all but the more experienced rider in reverse (CCW). Also, due to the serious need for trail identification, unless you can go with someone who really knows these trails, I would avoid this trail like the plague until they get around to properly identifying the proper trails.

Similar Products Used:

This is my first venture into the Spartanburg region, but if you're willing to travel, you may want to check out Leroy Springs and Rennisance Park for some easier fun.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 18, 2005]
ChrisXC31
Cross Country Rider

Awesome ride! I'm new to mountain biking and have been trying trails listed on this site and this is the best I've ridden by far. This trail gives you a taste of everything you can expect to run into at some point. Whoop-dee-do's, logs to jump, creek crossings, sand, mud, wooden bridges, down hills, some up hills (just enough to get the ole heart pumping), and some very fast sections. Not to mention a few technical areas. There was about a 3 to 4 acre area with some kind of 1.5ft tall weed that was realitivley flat that you can absolutly fly through. The only draw back to my ride is my riding buddy fell hard during a creek crossing and tore a ligament in his ankle. I had to push both our bikes the last 1.5 mile to the parking lot while he hobbled along. Any one new to this sport like me or any experienced rider should give this place a go.

Customer Service

Only ridden once here and it was clockwise but then again that seems to be the preferred route by most reviewers.

Similar Products Used:

Saddlers Creek, Issaqueena

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 18, 2004]
soup_fly
Weekend Warrior

I've ridden all of the local trails in Greenville (all being two), and Isaqueena trail, and was looking for something more challenging. After reading all of the reviews for local trails, I decided to try Southside (Tour de Dump?). Being an intermediate rider, this trail kicked my ass. It had rained hard about an hour before I got there, and the trails were slick w/ mud. At one point I wiped out about 3 miles from the Jeep and my derailleur got bent on a rock. The bike would not get in any gear, and my efforts were proving useless, leading me to believe that I'd have to hike the bike out 3 miles. I was finally able to bend the derailleur back to a semblance of what it's supposed to be and continue the ride on limited gears. The log ramps were a blast and the river crossing was my favorite part of the ride (note: if going CCW on this trail, go to the left of the trail after crossing the river - the right bank is too steap and slick and you'll end up back in the river... on your back). I loved the hills and descents, since no hill was particularly long and the descents were full of rocks, ruts and roots.

Customer Service

CCW - nice descent to begin the journey followed by a fairly easy climb up Center Line Trail to complete a 7.5 mile loop.

Similar Products Used:

Isaqueena and Pisgah. (Timmons is a waste)

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Apr 16, 1999]
Dave

I give it 3 out of 5...good training loop, but it sure is ugly as hell...

Customer Service

I like doing it counter-clockwise w/ both loops, but most ride it clockwise.

Similar Products Used:

I prefer the trails at Lake Johnson/dairy ridge, but we're not supposed to ride em....and if you don't know the trails you'd probably think the parts you find suck, but there are loads of "hidden trails" that are killer....

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
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