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Forks Area Trail System (FATS) Video

(updated: Dec 21, 2008)

I've completed the F.A.T.S. video. Check it out using the same link below. I'll probably make at least one more so stay tuned.


FATS... This easily ranks up there in my top five best trails. An amazing 30+ mile network of singletrack. While people were busy trampling each other in Mal-Warts on Black Friday, we were having so much fun it should be illegal. While the trails are not very technical in nature you can get great speed which requires top handling skills to navigate the twists and turns and the numerous and sometimes sharp rollers which can throw you. If you love being in the woods like I do and like more of a rolling terrain, then these trails are for you. The trailbuilders did a phenomenal job of carving this long ribbon of singletrack into the hills. Patrick said it was "a giant pump track". That is an apt description. It felt as though we were pumping uphill at times.

So we were so excited about this trail that I just had to throw something together right away. It was raining all day today anyway. This is just a teaser clip. I'll probably make several videos because I have almost two hours of video I recorded - all good stuff. I haven't even watched all the clips yet.

Simply amazing mountain bike trails. It is a must do ride.

Here is how to get to FATS: Google Map of FATS

Check trail status here before going:


FATS Video (3m 50s):
[You'll need Quicktime 7 or later. Or you can use VLC Media Player.]

To download instead, right click here. Then you can use the player of your choice (such as VLC or iTunes) as long as it supports H.264.

Helmet cam screen shots:

Filed Under: Ride Reports > South Carolina > North Augusta


1. sir-likes-nc-trails-alot said...

hey can you guys do little bit of intro/commentary about the trail (like whereabouts, trail head, millage) just like you guys did in catawba river one?

Nov 30, 2008 @ 2:02 AM

2. Bryan said...

OMFG that makes me want a mountain bike! We go up there once or thrice a year and hang out around Crossnore. I wanna try riding the Parkway next spring, and that video really gives me something else to think about…

Also, if you watch the video in Safari and hit Command-LeftArrow when you’re done to come back to this page, you’ll see some truly badass riding!

Nov 30, 2008 @ 11:44 AM

3. Eric Sjoerdsma said...

Where are these trails they look awesome!

Nov 30, 2008 @ 1:31 PM

4. Optimus Rhyme said...

Oh man, That's gold! I must ride it.

Nov 30, 2008 @ 2:18 PM

5. Greg B said...

Thank God for the FATS trail.I've been twice and was more excited this trip than the first.I cannot wait to go again soon.Fats is 4 hours from Wilmington and is a must ride for
everyone.Get directions at

Nov 30, 2008 @ 3:33 PM

6. carter said...

Sorry I missed the trip. next time.

Nov 30, 2008 @ 8:00 PM

7. Trey H said...

Yeah, i saw you guys taking off from the parking lot (i recognized the helmet cam you have pictures of yet) but i guess i chose a different trail route than you guys did.

The trail head is in Clarks Hill, SC off of Woodlawn Rd. type it in the GPS and have a blast. SORBA-CSRA does a lot of work on those trails. I'm there twice a week.

Dec 1, 2008 @ 1:27 PM

8. Pirate_1991 said...

What are the camping opportunities in the area or are there decent towns locally that are better for lodging?

Dec 1, 2008 @ 2:44 PM

9. brado1 said...

You can Actually camp there at FATS, Bill Victor the Trail Manager there let us in on the fact there was an old abandoned camp ground loop just beyond the parking area, and restroom - all we had to do was call the parks dept and get permission - no charge - right at the trail head, even had room for a pop up camper!

5-8 miles away is Lick Fork Camping with Showers and over towards Modoc is Clarks Hill Big Campground lakeside with nice showers!

Plenty of good riding highly recommend Stevens Creek (Modoc Trail) Turkey & Wine Creeks are also two really fun trails

nearest big Town is Augusta - 15 miles or so away, if that? plenty of hotels and motels around -

Best Advise for FATS don't go in the heat of the summer or the week of the Master - and don't go if it's rained or raining! because that's an awful long way to drive to find closed trails!

SBA give me a shout next time you head that way - i take you to some good stuff!

Dec 2, 2008 @ 9:14 PM

10. Trey H said...

don't forget about the Long Cane Trail that is only about an hour from FATS. It is an awesome, raw, xc trail that tackles all types of terrain

Dec 3, 2008 @ 11:33 AM

11. dukmon said...

suhweeeeet..... thanks for posting that. haven't been yet. incentive to make it there sooner.

Dec 3, 2008 @ 4:07 PM

12. bill from jacksonville said...

How about the footage on the lead-out from the parking lot and down Deep Step to Tower/Big Rock? I was hoping to see me (the guy from Jacksonville, FL) who led y'all out from the parking lot. Would you please post some of that, which in my opinion is the best downhill on FATS?

Dec 29, 2008 @ 8:36 AM


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