On Monday, July 5th two of us off-road Sorella sisters took a road trip to the Forks Area Trail
System (FATS) for a fun mountain biking adventure. I wanted to share our thoughts on the trail
in case you wanted to plan a trip!
From North Atlanta it is just over 2 and half hours drive east to Clarks Hill, SC which is near
Augusta, GA. The drive isn’t very scenic and could be complicated by traffic during rush hour.
We left Atlanta early in the morning to beat the summer heat and it was well worth the sacrifice
The southern trail parking lot isn’t very large and is broken up into several areas with lots of
shady spots. Although it is a National Forest (Sumter National Forest) it wasn’t immediately
clear whether a fee was required. There was an old “take ticket and leave envelope with cash”
station, but it was empty and in disrepair. But you might want to be prepared with $5 cash for
parking just in case. There are two toilets and a pair of changing booths, similar to those at the
Conyers horse park MTB trails. The water pump was broken and we were glad for the large
water container we brought in with us.
The trail system has two main parking areas—a northern lot and a southern lot. We only tried
the four trails from the southern lot. There are two trails off of the northern parking lot and
supposedly you can ride between the two halves of the trail system though we didn’t try it.