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Parson's Mountain Recreation Area

Friday, July 13, 2018

Alt Names

Sumter National Forest, Sumpter National Forest, Long Cane Ranger District, Piedmont OHV Trails

Last Known StatusOpen

This recreation area offers a 12-mile, moderately challenging trail is marked with directional arrows. The trail forms a long one way loop but there is a cut through that divides the route in half, creating two smaller loops. The terrain primarily consists of piedmont clay and is rarely completely dry, so expect some deep mud holes even during dry weather.

The main staging area has plenty of space for parking, a vault toilet and picnic tables. Both trails and staging area are only open during daylight hours but camping is just a couple minutes away at Parson's Mountain Lake. There is no direct motorized access from the campground to the ATV trails, so machines must be trailered in unless street legal. Other activities swimming, hiking and equestrian trails, non-motorized boating and a shooting range.

Visitors should note that this trail system will close on short notice before and after inclement weather, so check the hotline for current conditions before heading out.

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Nearest CityAbbeville, SC
AddressTower Road, Abbeville, SC 29620
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
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 RequiredNo
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 CountryProhibitedstay on the trail
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 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 InfoJ.R. Kirkaldie (District Ranger)
Sumter National Forest - Long Cane Ranger District
810 Buncombe Street
Edgefield, SC 29824
(803) 637-5396


Parson's Mountain Trail Photo

Parson's Mountain Recreation Area Trail

Photo Submitted 7/1/2012 (Thanks!)

Parson's Mountain Trail Photo

Parson's Mountain Recreation Area Trail

Photo Submitted 7/8/2012 (Thanks!)


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Approx Size3,200 acres (5 sq mi)
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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