Upstate South Carolina ATV Trails

by Ian Farquharson

Upstate South Carolina covers the northwestern region of the state, from the border with Georgia to the Catawba River area. Also known as the Upcountry region, it lies in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Here, visitors can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities. This includes ATV driving, with Upcountry off-road trails providing fun and challenging routes.

U.S. Forest Service Trails

The U.S. Forest Service ( maintains off-road trails suitable for ATVs in the Francis Marion and Sumter national forests. These include two in the area of Abbeville, the 11.9 mile long Cedar Springs OHV Trail, and the 10.9 mile Parson's Mountain OHV Trail. These comprise loop routes of natural hard-packed clay. The Enoree OHV Trail, in the vicinity of Whitmire, covers 23 miles. This includes a main trail and a series of connecting loops, which offer the chance to complete rides of various lengths.

Private Trails

The K-Bar-M ATV and Dirt Bike Park ( opens on the weekend for public riding, and during the week by appointment. Close to Gaffney in Greenville County, the park has around 58 miles of off-road trails winding through a wooded area of 800 acres. The park has routes for all levels of driving skill, from easier trails for beginners, to more challenging routes for experienced ATV riders.


Anyone interested in trying competitive ATV riding in Upstate South Carolina can visit Iron City Motorsports Park ( The park, in Blacksburg, has a 1.4 mile long dirt track circuit featuring hill sections, long straights and tight turns. This provides a challenging test for riders, with the park staging regular races. All ages can take part, with ATV race classifications ranging from junior to adult riders.

ATV Camping

Those that want to camp while ATV riding can use the facilities at Gulches Off-Road Vehicle Park ( Covering around 80 acres in Laurens County, the park has RV camping spaces in its parking lot, as well as riverside tent camping sites. The park has more than 30 interconnecting trails, with the degree of difficulty shown at the start of each. Routes vary from easier to more challenging sections, to suit all levels of riders.

About the Author

Ian Farquharson has worked as a freelance writer since 2008. He has written for individual clients, as well as various online publications, and brings sports and travel expertise to eHow. He has a Bachelor of Engineering in civil engineering from Dundee College of Technology.

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