In a place better known for sleepy Spanish moss than speedy adrenaline sports, a growing group of mountain bikers is amped about the rejuvenated biking scene. The new partnership between regional mountain bikers and Poinsett State Park has been shifted into high gear by the Memorandum of Understanding between Midland’s SORBA and South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism.
Poinsett State Park is located near Wedgefield in western Sumter, South Carolina. The Park sits on 1000 acres west of S.C. highway 261 and east of the Wateree River’s flood plain. The mixed pine and hardwood forest grows on sandy soil pocketed with swamps and bays. The terrain has a surprisingly hilly mixture of bluffs and steep hills. Adjacent to Poinsett is 28,000 acres at Manchester State Forest, where we maintain 25 miles of single track.
What really has the folks of Midland’s SORBA spinning their wheels is their newest project, constructing a single track connector through Poinsett State Park linking Manchester State Forest’s mountain bike trails. This project has the potential to be a real prize because once the connector is completed the State Park Manager wants additional biking trails throughout the park.
Because the new and planned trails are in Poinsett State Park, they will be open all year. Manchester State Forest trails are closed every day but Sundays during the winter hunting season, 15 September through 1 January.
From a mountain biker’s point of view, Poinsett State Park is a sparkling diamond in the rough. Once these trails are established, Poinsett will be a destination for mountain biking in the Midlands.