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Parson's Mountain Recreation Area

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Alt Names

Sumter National Forest, Long Cane Ranger District

Last Known StatusOpen

This recreation area offers a 12 mile, multiple use, moderately challenging trail that consists mainly of piedmont clay and deep mud holes. This is the type of trail that is never completely dry and should probably be avoided completely during and after any rain. Other activities include camping, swimming, hiking and equestrian trails, non-motorized boating and a shooting range.

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Nearest CityAbbeville, SC
AddressTower Road, Abbeville, SC 29620
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From: Abbeville, SC
1) Take SR-28 (SR-72) west about 2 miles
2) Veer left to stay on SR-28, continue 5.3 miles
3) Turn left on Tower Road, continue about .3 miles.
4) Staging area is on the right.


LandNational Forest


Our RatingRating    
Recommended StayFull Day
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Permit Required
Dates OpenLast Friday in March through first Monday after Jan 1
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthYes (50 inches)has entrance gate or posts
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers Four WheelersPermitted(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSProhibited
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
BicyclesNo Restriction
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresProhibited
Night RidingUnknown
Cross CountryProhibitedkeep on designated trails
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance*Disclaimer: Be Safe! RiderPlanet recommends insurance for all riders and visitors to the destinations depicted on this website.


ParkingNo ($0.00)
EntryNo ($0.00)
RidingYes ($5.00 per rider)
on site self service fee station
Tent: $7.00
RV: $7.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $7.00
Parson's Mountain Campground Fee


Contact InfoOHV Trail Hotline
(803) 561-4025
CommentExtension 2
Contact InfoSumter National Forest - Long Cane Ranger District
810 Buncombe Street
Edgefield, SC 29824
(803) 637-5396


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Parson's Mountain Recreation Area Trail

Photo Submitted 7/1/2012 (Thanks!)

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Parson's Mountain Recreation Area Trail

Photo Submitted 7/8/2012 (Thanks!)


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Square Miles5
Miles Of Trail12
Climate TypeForest
Elevation450 to 600 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintainedtrails marked with blue blazes
Loose DirtThis trail has some loose dirt.Some
Hard PackThe trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
MudThe trail has some mud after it rains.Some
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has many trees.Many
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little


First Aid First Aid1-5 Miles (NE)Abbeville Area Medical Center (864) 366-5011
Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (NE)Shell (864) 366-9877
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (NE)Shell (864) 366-9877
Potable Water Water1-5 MilesParsons Mountain Campground (803) 637-5396
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (W)Calhoun Falls State Park Campground (864) 447-8267
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (W)Calhoun Falls State Park Campground (864) 447-8267
Primitive Camping Campground1-5 Miles (NE)Parsons Mountain Campground (803) 637-5396
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (NE)Shell (864) 366-9877
Swimming Swim Area1-5 Miles (NE)Parsons Mountain Campground (803) 637-5396
Body of Water Water Body1-5 Miles (NE)Parsons Mountain Lake
Boating Launch Boat Ramp5-20 Miles (W)Calhoun Falls Boat Ramp (864) 447-8267
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