# 19 - Big Gravel Ride
Bonneau Ferry WMA
25 miles gravel and dirt roads,
-with options for even more mileage!
Want a more challenging, epic half day of
gravel grinding? Want to ride through history,
bike down picturesque winding roads with
little-to-no chance of encountering vehicles?
Look no further than our "Big Gravel Ride"
at DNR's Bonneau Ferry Wildlife Management
Area. This preserve promises to surprise you
with its 300+ year old historical landmarks,
-tree-canopied roads, impressive vistas and
-wildlife including large waterfowl, birds of
-prey, deer, fox squirrels, and alligators. Don't
-miss this unique adventure and SC's only
-big route designed just for gravel riders!
Distance: 25 mile route, with options for even more mileage.
Time: Minimum of 3 hours to enjoy everything this ride has to offer.
Trail Surface: Dirt, gravel, forest service roads, a few hills.
Trail Marker: All roads are signed and easy to follow. IMPORTANT: Pick up a map at the entrance kiosk or
Bike Type: "Gravel," hybrid or trail/mountain style bikes with tires over 40c. "Knobby" bike tires are recommended, but not required for this ride.
Fees/Permits: No fees, but you must complete and display a Daily Visitation & Use Card found at the
Special Hours of Operation: Open year round with the following exclusions: Open Thursday - Sunday
March 2 - October 31; closed Saturdays in April until 11:00 a.m., closed on deer hunting days. Area will be
CLOSED to visitors during ALL firearms/archery draw hunts. The entire property is CLOSED to the public during scheduled lottery hunts.
Precautions: Biting insects can be formidable in the warmer months. IMPORTANT: Bikers must yield to horseback
riders. Step off the road and stop!
It's advised to wear "hunter's orange" or other bright colored clothing during hunting season.
Bonneau Ferry Entrance Gate: HWY 402, Cordesville, SC 29434. GPS: 33.122654, -79.874581 or 33°07'21.6"N 79°52'28.5"W. Google Maps recognizes "Bonneau Ferry Wildlife Management Area," however doesn't map
you to the entrance (it maps you to inside the preserve). It's best to use the GPS coordinates listed here.
Contacts: Department of Natural Resources, 305 Black Oak Rd., Bonneau, SC 29431. 843-825-3387.