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Derek's Lazy Loop

 
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2.8 Miles 4.4 Kilometers

 

95% 

Runnable

60%

Singletrack

324' 99 m

Ascent

-319' -97 m

Descent

1,664' 507 m

High

1,438' 438 m

Low

4%

Avg Grade (3°)

10%

Max Grade (6°)

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Overview

Paris Mountain State Park is open 365 days a year. Park hours are 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM during Daylight Savings Time (summer), and 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM during Standard Time. It's open until 9:00 PM on Tuesdays during the winter. This run may be inaccessible if it snows, but the trails at the lower elevations will most likely be open.
This trail is located at Paris Mountain State Park. It's a beautiful, high volume park. Its trails are very well traveled by hikers, runners, and mountain bikers. Even though it is only minutes from downtown Greenville, it feels remote.
Features: Birding — Fall Colors — Lake — River/Creek — Swimming — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: Leashed

Need to Know

There is a fee to enter the park. southcarolinaparks.com/pari…

Runner Notes

Some of the names of the trails on this map are incorrect. Start at the Brissey Ridge trail head near the map kiosk. Turn left on Kanuga. Turn left at the Firetower Connector. Turn left on Firetower. Firetower officially ends when Suphur Springs merges with it from the right. At the intersection, continue straight back to the parking lot. This loop is also run clockwise, but I prefer counterclockwise.
Counterclockwise, the Brissey Ridge section is technical, but mostly downhill. Kanuga is less technical, but mostly uphill. I call the final hill on Kanuga Relentless. The Firetower/Sulphur Springs section is wider and mostly downhill, with one exception, a shallow incline that is quite sneaky. I call it Sneak Hill. Firetower/Sulphur Springs is also deceptively technical in some parts as well.
Watch out for mountain bikes Sunday through Friday. The occasional blind curve, especially with the summer foliage makes it nearly impossible to see a fast moving bike.

Description

Counterclockwise, the Brissey Ridge section is technical, but mostly downhill. Kanuga is less technical, but mostly uphill. A short climb near the end of the first mile is especially tough. This hill is recognizable by the the spring on the left at the top. The water from the spring crosses the trail, and the ground is perpetually wet for about 10 feet. Then, it's more up and up. This section of Kanuga is a favorite for the mountain bikers going clockwise. They go fast, so be alert. Usually, you'll be able to hear them before you see them. Kanuga ends with a bang at the top of a hill that I call Relentless.
The Firetower/Sulphur Springs section is wider and mostly downhill, with one exception, a shallow incline that is quite sneaky, so I call it Sneak Hill. Firetower/Sulphur Springs is also deceptively technical in some parts as well, but overall it's a huge relief from the Kanuga grind and the concentration needed on Brissey Ridge. It's a fun section.
As I mentioned before, watch out for mountain bikes Sunday through Friday. The occasional blind curve, especially with the summer foliage, makes it nearly impossible to see a fast moving bike.

Flora & Fauna

Mountain Laurel, Rhododendron, and various wildflowers - - Squirrels, birds, turtles, snakes, salamanders, and lizards.

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