Fork Mountain Trail
from Sloan Bridge picnic area to Bad Creek Trail

Picture of Fraser Magnolia tree sapling beside Fork Mountain Trail

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Date Hiked: 5/24/92

Length: 12.6 miles

Type: backtrack

Difficulty: 3

Scenery: 2

Blaze: rust

Main Features: streams, partial views

Animals: chipmunks, crows, pileated woodpecker, chickadees, turkeys

Location: Sumter National Forest, South Carolina

Driving north on highway 107 the Sloan Bridge picnic area is on the left 14.6 miles from highway 28 and 0.2 miles past the connecting road on the right that goes to highway 130. Driving south on highway 107 Sloan Bridge picnic area is on the right 0.9 miles past the North Carolina state line. There is no bridge at Sloan Bridge.

Approximate Altitude Changes
Ascend 275 feet to high point at 0.9 miles
Descend 500 feet to old road at 5.1 miles
Ascend 325 feet to high point at 6.1 miles
Descend 50 feet to Bad Creek Trail at 6.3 miles
Total Ascent: 1,150 feet

0.0 Sloan Bridge picnic area
walk north along highway 107 for several yards to the trailhead
(the trail is on the same side of the road as the picnic area)
turn left onto the trail
0.4 cross wet area
0.7 stream crossing
0.9 high point
1.4 stream crossing
1.6 stream crossing
2.1 stream crossing
2.3 stream goes under trail
3.3 cross ridge
3.6 stream crossing
3.7 stream crossing
4.0 cross ridge
4.2 stream crossing
4.4 beginning of obstructed views across valley on left
4.5 wet area
4.6 begin hearing cascades on left
4.8 stream crossing
5.0 stream crossing
5.1 join old road bed
5.3 stream crossing
bear right up stairs leaving road bed
large boulders
5.8 cross old road bed
6.1 high point
6.3 junction with Bad Creek Trail


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