What’s interesting about the routes for this event is that they’re always changing. The paths, the bridges, and the water are constantly evolving as a part of The Palmetto Trail. All part of the fun, right?
Luckily, we are working with The Palmetto Conservation Foundation to ensure the routes are clean and safe. With that being said, here are the route highlights of all three days!
Day 1 Route Highlights:
Kick off Bicycle Across South Carolina in Poinsett State Park and loop around The Wateree Passage and Everwood Lane Pasture. This route is one of two options you’re welcome to take on Day 1. The longer route is 40 miles total and loops uphill through steep terrain. The shorter route is 28 miles total and bypasses the loop and steep terrain.
After looping around the Everwood Lane Pasture Road, the trail takes riders into The High Hills of the Santee Passage. This historical section boasts Indians, plantations, traders and early settlers. In addition to the historical significance, this part of the trail turns a bit more challenging as the trail twists and turns over slightly rougher terrain.
Next up is the Lake Marion Passage. This part of the trail winds along the lake until you reach the ferry at Packs Landing. The ferry will then bring riders across the lake to our campsite for the night at Santee State Park Landing.
Day 2 Route Highlights:
Day 2 takes riders through crops and farm fields of rural South Carolina before emerging onto the shoreline of Lake Moultrie. The route is 62 miles and is relatively flat, gravel paths. Eventually riders will end up on the Eutaw Springs Passage. This passage cuts through the tiny downtown of Eutawville and showcases dairy farms, grassy pastures and Revolutionary War sites.
The final stretch of Day 2 will be the Lake Moultrie Passage. This 27-mile passage loops around the massive Lake Moultrie with scenic views and shady pine forests. Fun fact: This 60,000-acre lake was named after Governor William Moultrie.
Riders will eventually end up at Overtop Park in Moncks Corner for a night of food trucks and music!
Day 3 Route Highlights:
The final day of Bicycle Across South Carolina takes us off The Palmetto Trail and into the Francis Marion Forest. Small bridges over swampy terrain, logging roads and long-leaf pines guide the way with multiple chances to explore Indian settlements and old churches. The 49 mile route ends with a celebration in the lush setting of Hidden Ponds Nursery. Friends and family are welcome to join!
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As the event continues to evolve and come to life over the next few months, we want to hear what you’d like to see at BASC. Post-ride yoga? Football on a big screen? Email me here and we’ll see what we can do!
Early Bird Pricing is available until August 1st ($270 for the 2-day ride and $370 for the 3-day ride).
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