# 14 - Huger & History Ride
-Gravel & Dirt Roads
10.4 miles, round-trip
On this exciting family adventure, you'll ride
miles of easy gravel roads (15% of route is
paved), visit an historic 140 year old church,
pass by beautiful bottomlands, start and end
at one of the best recreational areas in the
Francis Marion National Forest, and see
towering long leaf pine habitats. Bring your
-camera and plan to stop frequently; from
history, to landscapes, to social media worthy
-pics of friends and family, there's something
-for everyone on the Huger & History Ride!
Distance: 10.4 miles, round-trip.
Time: Minimum of 2 hours to enjoy the exploration of this ride.
Surface: Dirt, gravel, forest service roads; approximately 15% paved.
Trail Marker: None. Most of the forest service roads on this route are signed.
Bike Type: "Gravel," hybrid or trail/mountain style bikes with tires over 40c. "Knobby" bike tires are recommended, but not required for this ride.
Crowds: Almost none. You might see the occasional vehicle on the weekend.
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.
Eccles United Methodist Church: 1696 Eccles Church Road, Huger, SC 29450. 843-336-3994.
GPS coordinates: 33.119909, -79.750076 or 33°07'11.7"N, 79°45'00.3"W.
Let's Talk Some History: On this exciting ride, you'll visit the Eccles United Methodist Church. Founded in 1882, Eccles remains active today. The simple wooden, historic building is thought to be the original church. It was
built in the "meeting-house" style, meaning that the church does not have a steeple. You can peak through the windows; the interior is fairly plain. The walls, floors and ceilings are unadorned and unpainted. There is also a
well-kept graveyard at the back of property that you can explore.