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Wambaw Cycle Trail

Monday, May 13, 2019

Alt Names

Francis Marion National Forest, Wambah Swamp, Charleston County, Round Pond Cycle Trailhead

Last Known StatusOpen

About 40 miles of sandy ATV trail loops that wind through a scenic mixed pine and hardwood woodland can be found at this national forest. There are two main loops and the trails are open to dirt bikes and ATV vehicles under 50 inches in width. (Jeeps and other 4x4s are prohibited)

Round Pond Cycle Trailhead camping area is located off Halfway Creek Road and offers direct access to the trail system. The trail is open year-round but will close temporarily on short notice due to inclement weather, so check the hotline before heading out.

This trail system is activley maintained by the Wambaw Trail Riders so be sure to say thanks for all their hard work.

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Nearest CityJamestown, SC
AddressHalfway Creek Road, Jamestown, SC 29453
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From: Mount Pleasant, SC
1) Take US-17 (US-701) north about 20 miles
2) Turn left (west) on Steed Creek Road, continue 4.5 miles
3) Turn right on Halfway Creek Road, continue 5.7 miles
4) Veer left at fork, continue about 1 mile.
5) Staging area is on the left.


LandNational Forest


Our RatingRating
Recommended StayFull Day
Comments(Scroll Down For Visitor Reviews & Comments)


Approx Size9,600 acres (15 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail40
Climate TypeForest
Elevation20 to 65 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Heavily Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has some loose dirt.Some
Hard PackThe trail has no hard pack terrain.None
SandThis trail has mostly sandy areas.Mostly
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has no rocks.None
TreesThe trail has many trees.Many
Steep HillsThis trail has no steep hills.None
Water CrossingsThe trail has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has many berms.Many
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has many single track trails.Many
RoadsThis national forest has no roads.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


Permit RequiredNo
Dates OpenYear-Round
Reciprocity OfferedUnknown
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 / SXSPermitted(maximum width 50 inches)
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
Helmets RequiredYes
BicyclesNo RestrictionNot Recommended
due to deep sand and blind, narrow curves
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingYesmachines must have lights
Cross CountryProhibitedno trailblazing
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that all visitors get insurance for their ATV, UTV or motorcycle before visiting any of the locations shown on this website.


RidingYes ($5.00 per OHV)
Annual passes can be purchased for $50.


First Aid First Aid30+ Miles (NE)Georgetown Memorial Hospital (843) 527-7120
Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (SE)Kangaroo Express (843) 887-3977
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (SE)Exxon (843) 887-3788
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (S)Mount Pleasant / Charleston KOA (843) 849-5177
RV Hookups RV Hookup20-30 Miles (S)Mount Pleasant / Charleston KOA (843) 849-5177
RV Dump Station RV Disposal20-30 Miles (S)Mount Pleasant / Charleston KOA (843) 849-5177
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Site
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (SE)BJ's Mini Mart (843) 520-4410
Swimming Swim Area5-20 Miles (SE)Bulls Island Beach (843) 928-3368
Body of Water Water BodyOn SiteCoffee Creek Swamp
Boating Launch Boat Ramp5-20 Miles (SE)Robert E. Ashley Landing *Permit Required - Contact Town Hall (843) 887-3712


Contact InfoOHV Trail Hotline
(803) 561-4025
CommentExtension 3
Contact InfoRhea Whalen (District Ranger)
Francis Marion National Forest - Francis Marion Ranger District
2967 Steed Creek Road
Hunger, SC 29450
(843) 336-3248
Contact InfoWambaw Trail Riders
(803) 561-4025


Wambaw Trail Photo

Wambaw Cycle Trail

Photo Submitted 4/21/2012 (Thanks!)

Wambaw Trail Photo

Wambaw Cycle Trail trailhead sign.

Photo Submitted 4/21/2012 (Thanks!)

Wambaw Trail Photo

Kawasaki dirt bike rider on the trail.

Photo Submitted 12/10/2017 (Thanks!)

Wambaw Trail Photo

Large group of motorcyclists.

Photo Submitted 2/23/2015 (Thanks!)

Wambaw Trail Photo

A motorized bicycle parked near the trail entrance.

Photo Submitted 4/15/2017 (Thanks!)

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