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Furman University

Average Rating:    (3.67 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 3

Not a very difficult trail, but plenty of roots. Bring an extra tube or two. Can be fast if you like to ride hard, and to get a workout on this trail you need to ride hard. The trail eventually ends and comes out at the front entrance to the college. From there make a right and go behind the auditorium and, it is hard to find, take a trail along the fence that is behind the bushes. This will take you all the way around the apartments and will come out on the other side of the lake. From there you can ride the trail back or take the roads back. I prefer to take the roads back, for there are many sights to see while school is in session there.(If you know what I mean)
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Latitude
34.92323778293554
Longitude
-82.43934631347656
Trail Directions
Take White Horse past Berea High School all the way past a Shell station. Once you pass the Shell station there will be a road on the right called Tulane. Take this road until it ends and take a left. Take this road across some train tracks and it will also end, take a right. After about a tenth of a mile you will see Timmons arena and the Furman University Football field on your left. Park in this parking lot. The trail can be accessed from the end of the fence where you turn into the parking lot, or from behind the football stadium where there is a chain tied between two poles that has a stop sign for vehicles
Trail Length
about 4 to 5 miles
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Greenville
   


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Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

Review Date
March 15, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: davidhill ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I ride the trails around Furman just about every day, I live only 2 or 3 miles away. I really enjoy riding here, its great for a daily workout routine and help get in shape. The trails are a lot of fun, and can get very technical in places. The trail around the lake is a piece of cake, and not too exciting. But the 10 or so intersecting trails in the woods behind Timmons Arena are a blast! 99% of the trails are single track, twisting, and root covered. There are many little streams to cross, most of which have small bridges, but some do not. The combinations of trails through these woods is almost endless, when I ride them I feel like im reading one of those 'Choose Your Adventure' books from when I was a kid. There are a few long, straight, wide sections that you can ride very fast. All along the trail are small obsticle courses that are technically "off limits" to the public, but can provide some extra fun if no one's looking. I ride these trails with a hardtail, but I would recommend a FSB if you have one just because its so 'rooty'.

Recommended Route:
Park at Timmons Arena and hop onto the trails that run parrallel with the road. This will lead you out to the fun stuff! Just ride until you see a trail that looks like fun and take it. All the trails end up intersecting each other at some point, so getting lost isnt really possible.

The trails around the lake are fun for beginners, and after a week they can get rather boring. This is when you behind Timmons Arena and have some real fun.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Paris Mountain, or course, is awesome.



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Review Date
December 18, 2006

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Dave Wright ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
You can ride dirt around most of Furman's perimeter fence. The parts that are between Furman and the golf course, and behind Timmons Arena, are the most interesting. You can use campus roads and walks to link the sections together for a total ride of 5 - 6 miles. Good trails if you live nearby like I do, but I wouldn't make a special trip.

The trails are twisting singletrack with some heavily rooted sections, a few obstacles, and some short climbs. The trail is not regularly maintained; deadfall trees block sometimes block the trail for weeks or months until someone clears them.

My ratings below assume conservative riding. That's my style because I'm too old (47 at this writing) to deal with broken bones. You might bump aerobic and technical difficulty up a bit with aggressive riding.

Recommended Route:
Find the perimeter fence at any of the Furman entrances and start riding. Look for additional loops through the woods in the area behind Timmons Arena. Take a break to enjoy the view around the lake. Pop into the student union for coffee and snack. Repeat until tired or bored, whichever comes first. A grand day out!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Paris Mountain State Park is an Upstate area gem. Over the past few years the trail network has been substantially expanded to support mountain biking as well as hiking. I will post reviews shortly.



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Review Date
December 30, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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4.67 of 5, 3.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Andrew , from nc

Summary:
hey guys. if this is the trail that im thinkig about on the campus, its really fun. i went there once for a mtn biking camp, and had the chance to ride it a few times. there are a few roots, but i think the fun is worth it. on one of the tails(we did TT's on this one) there is a pipe at the very begenning. watching someone hop up and over this thing faster than they could going around it is something to see. just as long as they actually mae it over, haha. theres also a makeshift bridge over a creek, made from sturdy branches. be careful on this thing, someone broke their seat clamp on it by hitting it to hard. seemed kinda funny at the time though.

Recommended Route:
not to sure, only been there once, and i was asleep

Other recommended trails in the same area:
in the clemson are, try outTIGER RAG. had a cane creek race out there and its a blast, just one HUGE climb that'll test your power



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