# 15 - Bikepacking Overnighter
-Best in South Carolina!
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!
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.