Forks Area Trail System (FATS) Trailhead | Informal Campsite

United States


6 months ago
137.9 masl


Pit Toilets
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You can also camp on the forest dirt roads behind this lot, part of the Sumter National Forest.

Main parking area may be inaccessible (gated) if trails are officially closed due to weather.


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It is a quiet paved overnight place. Many trails nearby.

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FATS trails and parking lot were closed but we followed the directions of another user and found a great spot down FS-662A. It's a very obvious clearing right off the road. We enjoyed a quiet Monday night alone. There is evidence that locals probably use this spot as well: a few beer bottles, fire ash. You could easily fit several vehicles in this spot. We had decent T-Mobile service.

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as described - very quiet, large parking lot with cleanish pit toilets. Early morning lots of traffic with runners and cyclists but it's a great night's sleep.

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We were the only RV in the parking lot. Very quiet. We stayed during weekdays two nights

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Great place. Quite. Spent the night. Plenty of parking spots.

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Attempted to camp here two nights ago but the primary "Forks Area Trail System (FATS)" parking area was gated closed due to the trails being closed due to a weather-related closure (they close them when they are too wet to ride.)

I knew the trails were closed b/c I was following the FATS twitter feed, but didn't realize that meant the parking area would be inaccessible.

There's a Forest Service road just past the designated parking area, FS-662: as others have mentioned you can find some flat, open areas back there. If you go right shortly after you get on 662, onto 662-A, there's a large flat open area about a quarter mile from the main road. No facilities of any kind other than at the designated trailhead.

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really nice trailhead. medium cell coverage with google fi. lots of mountain bikers but quiet at night.

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This place is in wrong location - it is located at 33.60800, -82.07952

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This place is in wrong location - it is located at 33.60810, -82.07950

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You can also camp on the forest dirt roads behind this lot, part of the Sumter National Forest

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Parking area for mountain bike trail, big area a few picnic tables, well water pump, and pit toilets

There is an old abandoned camp area that is now blocked off behind the parking lot, we just parked in the lot for the night. Quiet and nice trails

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