# 10 - Bikepacking Overnighter 
-(Best in South Carolina!) 

 Rated: Easy 

 11 miles, one-way 

 

 Want to try bicycle camping ("bikepacking") 

 but don't know where to go? Try Berkeley 

 Outdoor Life's beginner-friendly Bikepacking 

 Overnighter route. Begin your ride at the 

 best recreational area in the Francis Marion 

 National Forest, ride on easy-going, pristine 

 dirt/gravel roads, pass by beautiful bottom- 
-lands, and see towering long leaf pine 

 habitats. Your camping destination is 
-a large site with log benches/seating, fire 
-rings, a table, with the beautiful Nicholson 
-Creek swamp just a few feet away! 

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Difficulty:  Easy. 

Distance:  11 miles, one-way.

Time:  Take a couple hours to reach camp; this ride encourages exploration.

Surface:  Dirt, gravel, forest service roads and quarter mile of the Palmetto Trail.

Trail Marker:  Most of the forest service roads on this route are signed. The Palmetto Trail is blazed white.

Bike Type:  "Gravel," hybrid or trail/mountain style bikes with tires over 45c. IMPORTANT: This overnight

bicycle camping trip requires a bike with racks and/or the ability to attach panniers or other bags to the

bike. It's recommended that you have basic biking and camping experience.

Crowds:  Almost none. You might see the occasional vehicle on the forest roads. 

Fees/Permits:  No fees. Contact Francis Marion National Forest office for free camping permit.

Precautions:  Biting insects can be formidable in the warmer months. Bring insect repellent. After rains,

you may encounter muddy conditions and large holes with water/mud in them, but you shouldn't have a

problem navigating around these.

It's advised to wear "hunter's orange" or other bright colored clothing during hunting season.

Parking:  Park at the Huger Recreation Area, HWY 402, Cordesville, SC 29434. Use the GPS coordinates:

33.133774, -79.810600 or 33°08'01.6"N 79°48'38.2"W. All mapping programs recognize "Huger Recreation Area" and will direct you to the park.

Contacts:  Francis Marion National Forest 843-336-2200.

Weather on this Ride:  Click HERE

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