Trail Information


When soil freezes all the moisture turns to ice crystals between the particles of the soil and in clay or loam soil they are tightly packed together. As the moisture freezes the crystals expand and tear the clay apart shattering it, then as it thaws the soil become more porous and allows more moisture in. This is repeated with every successive thaw.

In Upstate South Carolina we a fair number of freeze thaw cycles in a season.

So, please be very careful when trying to ride or hike the trails in the winter. The best time to ride or hike is when the trail is frozen solid. On days when the temperature goes below freezing at night, the worst thing we can do is wait for the sun to come out and warm up the trail before riding. The trails can be very soft even if it hasn’t rained recently. Even if the temperature stays below freezing South facing trails can defrost in sunlight and turn to mush.

If you are leaving ruts or foot prints in the trail where you have ridden or walked please leave the trail. The ruts will allow even more water to remain on the trail and make it even worse. If people see you riding or hiking they will want to ride or hike too, so very soon the trail reaches a point of meltdown.

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