Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) back in the early depression years, Paris Mountain is a mecca for outdoor enthusists today. Just minutes from downtown Greenville, this beautiful State Park is home to a huge trail network and awaiting your arrival in January.
Three course lengths will challenge runners on looped courses. Expect tight turns, low hanging limbs, technical footing, stream crossings, elevation, and whatever else mother nature decides to throw your way. No matter which course you choose, plan on a lot of fun and excitement of a great destination and race.
All 3 course lengths will start from shelter #3 at 8AM sharp. We will start out on pavement, for spacing. From shelter 3 we make our way toward the park entrance and get on the trail. Be prepared to get sprayed by the mist of a rushing waterfall, as the waters from Lake Placid spill over the dam. A scenic loop around the lake marks our start of our Expedition . The next trail is the Mountain Creek Trail, an excellent warm up for our trek up the Mountain. All courses jump onto the "Sulphur Springs" trail. The Short Course will run about a quarter of the Sulphur Springs trail until it turns back towards the finish. The (10.5 & 15.5) make a left turn and climb nearly 1000 feet upward in elevation to the top of the mountain. Ok catch your breath if you can but here's where things get fun. The park has a road that remains closed all year, unless you're staying at the "Buckhorn Lodge", which is at the bottom of the mountain. We are getting special access to this road for our race and we are going down the mountain by way of this spectacular section of park road. At the very bottom we get on "Hike Only" Brissy Ridge and its back up to the top by way of a technical and very steep section of single track. At the top the (10.5) will start down toward the finish line. The (15.5 mile) is just getting warmed up and will continue down, away from the finish, to explore the remote and outer boundary of the park. Expect numerous stream crossings, tons of roots, rocks, jumping many down trees and a jaunt beside the parks "North Lake".
* 15.5 Mile time limit: ( Our sweeper will give everyone a generous head start & will be walking/jogging and picking up signs.... Don't let the "sweeper" pass you if you do your race has finished )