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FATS - GREAT WALL LOOP

Average Rating:    (4.89 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 9

Mostly machine built singletrack with a 1600'' hand built section that is tight and technical. Machine built stuff is singling up nicely as we live in a greenhouse down here in South Carolina. Many, many dips and jumping opps coming out of these dips. Also several rock gardens made of loose native stones that add challenge and keep your out of the wet stuff. Generally, the loop is very fast with the occasional tech feature thrown in for variety. The loop is named for a 108'' section of rock that has been placed on the bench cut in an area that had a bad seep. This loop is fast and fun, with a little bit of climbing at the end no matter which direction you ride it. It''s good in either direction.
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Latitude
33.46810795527896
Longitude
-81.9580078125
Trail Directions
From I-20. Take exit #1 (the first exit in South Carolina if leaving Augusta, GA.) Go North on Hwy 230 for 5.6 miles. Take a left onto Woodlawn Rd at Sportsman Corner. Go about 3.8 miles and park in the left on the FATS parking lot. If you pass Deep Step Road on the left, you went too far. From Hwy 28 traveling south. Come South on Hwy 28 and turn left onto Woodlawn Rd. Go about 6 miles. Just past Deep Step Rd on the right, turn right into the parking lot. From Hwy 28 traveling north. Cross into South Carolina from Georgia. Take your first right onto Hopewell Church Rd (also called Deep Step Rd) and take til it ends. Turn right onto Woodlawn and go about 200 feet. Turn right into the parking lot.
Trail Length
About 7.5 Miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Clarks Hill
State/Territory/Province
SC
Zip/Postal Code
29821
Country
USA
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Review Date
December 17, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: steg211 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Great Wall is a great workout.
It has great downhills and plenty of woops to get air on.
Nothing too technical about it.
Either direction is fast and fun, and has a big climb out. This is where the riders with strong legs and big lungs leave the pesky riders who've been tailing em on the rest of the trail.
This trail isn't as popular as Brown Wave and Skinny.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Deep Step at FATS is Great Wall's big brother.
Long Cane, about 30 miles north, in Abbeville.
Turkey/Wine creek



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Review Date
November 27, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: jscusmcvet ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This was my favorite at FATS. This weekend was my first trip to FATS and I loved every minute of it. Previous posters were correct, this is not technical riding and there were no serious climbs. What the trails were was FUN. flowing, jumps, turns,beautiful use of the terrain, etc.. lots of wildlife, nice scenery. Damn - wish i lived closer.

Great Wall was the funnest of the group. Appreciate it for what is is and a special THANKS to the folks who built it and take care of it...

Recommended Route:
Counter clockwise...

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Brown Wave was fun , but like Skinny and Great Wall better.



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Review Date
January 12, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: JAKEEFER ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This trail is very fast, very easy and very fun. However... not technical at all... my girlfriend who's never rode more than 7 miles here in the upstate rode 20 on our first visit to this trail (we did Brown Wave and Great Wall) .... The "dangerous" section is a joke.... Yes, it's a double that you could hurt yourself on, but most people aren't going to even attempt it. I've seen much worse on most other trails I've rode.

Although this trail is fast and fun, riding here will in no way condition you for racing. Most of the race courses in the southeast are night and day more technical, with much steeper climbs and significantly more trail obstacles.

Overall it's a great play ride, good for beginners and people that just need to crank out some miles.

Recommended Route:
Brown wave was really good CCW, Great wall would have been better CW...



Comments
Goatass (07/04/2009)
Gotta disagree. For those of us who aren't Tinker Jaurez and don't have Missy Giove as a girlfriend, I would say there are plenty of places to get killed here.
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Review Date
November 29, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Bikerides4u@yahoo ,  Racer

Summary:
FAST FAST FAST ! If you like going fast down hill , you will love this trail ! My average speed was between 30--35 ! Lota air ! This trail had less mud holes than the other FATS trails . Whoever built the FATS trails used the sustainable formula percentages perfectly on Great Wall . Very Fun Fast with lots of sharpe turns , Awesome trail . One problem is that Fats is getting so crowded now , you have to be on the lookout for riders coming in your direction . Had some very close calls at fast down hill speeds on Great Wall . This trail will need to go "odd--even" days directional at some point to keep from someone like myself from getting hurt real bad !

Recommended Route:
Ride this trail counter-clock wise . Faster this way with a nice up hill burn at the end .Make sure to check your bike for lose screws before you ride this trail .

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Big Rock , Tower ,Old Bartram Trail, Turkey Creek , Hickory Knob State Park .



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Review Date
July 27, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: papkec ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Great trail with the most variety of the FATS trail. Fun whoops, jumps and dips. Several short steep climbs. My 3rd favorite behind Brown Wave and Deep step in that order



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