Nursing Home Negligence: How to Identify Neglect and Abuse

nursing home negligenceAccording to a 2001 study conducted by the U.S. House of Representatives, approximately one in three nursing homes were cited for violations of federal standards that harmed or had the potential to harm a resident. One major factor that contributes to the prevalence of elder abuse and neglect in nursing homes is the lack of information known by family and friends of nursing home residents on how to identify abuse and neglect.

Signs of Nursing Home Financial Exploitation

Anyone in a position of power over a nursing home resident, such as aides or even family members, can take advantage of her for financial gain. Financial exploitation can include stealing a resident’s money or valuables, coercing her into giving away money or valuables, or cashing checks without permission. Some visible signs of financial exploitation are a resident giving uncharacteristic gifts to caretakers, a lack of amenities in the room. or transferring power of attorney or other property without fully understanding what that means.

Signs of Nursing Home Emotional Abuse

Emotional abuse is one of the most difficult forms of abuse to detect, but it can be the most damaging. Emotional abuse can include humiliating or demeaning a resident, habitually blaming, threatening or intimidating him, isolating him from friends and social gatherings, or simply ignoring him. Some visible signs of emotional abuse in a resident are unexplained changes in behavior, isolation and withdrawing from usual activities. Some signs of emotional abuse in a caretaker include verbal aggression toward a resident, an uncaring attitude and/or controlling behavior.

Signs of Nursing Home Physical Abuse

Physical abuse can involve scratching, pushing, hitting, slapping, inappropriate use of restraints or threatening a resident with violence. Physical signs of abuse include any kind of injury, a delay between the injury occurring and the resident receiving medical care, and a history of repeated injuries, especially if those injuries have been treated at different hospitals for no discernable reason. Behavioral signs of abuse include the resident not explaining how an injury occurred, giving inconsistent stories or offering unlikely explanations for the injury.

Signs of Nursing Home Neglect

Nursing home neglect can take many forms. Nursing home workers are often responsible for caring for their residents’ health, nutrition, personal hygiene and living conditions. Failing to appropriately care for any of these is considered neglect. Personal hygiene neglect includes failing to give a resident needed help in bathing, brushing his teeth, nail-clipping, changing clothes or any other act of basic personal hygiene. Basic needs neglect involves failing to provide residents with food, water and/or a safe environment. Medical neglect involves failing to prevent or appropriately treat medical conditions. Victims of medical neglect may experience bedsores, preventable falls and/or incorrect medication.

Do You Need a Nursing Home Negligence Attorney?

If your friend or family member is the victim of nursing home negligence in South Carolina, contact the Law Offices of F. Craig Wilkerson right away. We can investigate the standard of care at the victim’s nursing home, among other investigative acts. To get started on your case, schedule a free case evaluation online or call us at:

South Carolina Bicycle Tours to Enjoy: Five Recommendations

Have you ever wanted to spend a few days exploring the natural beauty of South Carolina in a new and exciting way? Bicycle tours are the perfect way to see your state from a new perspective while getting more involved in an exhilarating sport. Here are the five best South Carolina cycling tours to help you start your adventure.

South Carolina Lowcountry Bicycle Tour

This six-day bicycle tour is a wonderful way to stay active while exploring some of the most fascinating sites in South Carolina. The Lowcountry Bicycle Tour is appropriate for all biking skill levels, but be prepared for long treks during the day. Each day involves 25 to 50 miles of biking or more, depending on your choice and skill level. An optional kayak tour is included on the second day.

Upstate South Carolina Cycling Tour

Schedule a group vacation close to home with this five-day cycling tour around Greenville. The tour begins with a 43-mile ride from Greenville to Tigerville, then another ride to North Carolina to visit the villages Saluda and Tryon. On the second day, participants bike to Hagood Mill in Pickens County for a picnic. These challenging rides lead up to the third day’s activity: the Hincapie Gran Fondo in Greenville.

Greenville Ride Camp

This riding camp is designed for avid riders looking for seven days of intense cycling, but less experienced riders are also welcome. Participants will have three days of self-guided rides and four days of planned routes in and around Greenville. With rides of up to 100 miles and climbs of up to 7,100 feet in one day, the Greenville Ride Camp is not for the faint of heart.

Charleston to Savannah Multi-Adventure Tour

Cyclists get the an expansive experience of South Carolina bicycling during the Charleston to Savannah Multi-Adventure Tour, which stretches from one end of the South Carolina coastline to the other. The tour begins with a walking tour of Charleston, includes rides in Wadmalaw Island, Hunting Island State Park and other scenic coastal areas, and ends in the Wormsloe State Historic Site in Savannah, Georgia.

North Carolina and South Carolina Bike Tour

This tour allows South Carolina bicyclists to expand their horizons with a ride from Greenville to Asheville, North Carolina. The tour focuses on the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the unique culture of Southern Appalachia. Participants begin with a ride through the Greenville Watershed area and the village of Saluda. On the third day, riders are guided through the mountains to Caesar’s Head. The tour ends with a section of the Blue Ridge Parkway and a ride through the Biltmore Forest.

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Suspect Nursing Home Negligence? Here’s What to Do

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Around one in ten adults over the age of 60 have experienced at least one form of elder abuse or mistreatment. Even worse, only one in 14 cases of elder abuse are reported to authorities — and the effects of abuse and neglect can be devastating. In fact, victims of elder mistreatment have a 300 percent higher risk of death than those who have not been mistreated.

One environment in which elder abuse often goes unnoticed is nursing homes. While most nursing homes provide residents with a safe and healthy living environment, they can also create unbalanced power dynamics between residents and employees, and isolate residents from friends and family. If you suspect mistreatment of a loved one in a nursing home, here are four steps you can take to help.

Visit Often

The first step in stopping nursing home neglect or abuse is being present to see warning signs. Visiting your loved ones in a nursing home regularly allows you to notice unexplained changes in behavior, changes in physical health, troubling interactions between employees and residents, and cleanliness of living spaces.

Listen and Observe

If you notice any warning signs of abuse or neglect, you should ask your loved one for clarification on what you saw. However, also keep in mind that he may not want to admit to being mistreated. He may fear retribution, not want to get an employee in trouble, and/or feel that admitting to mistreatment would show weakness. Whether the resident confirms the mistreatment or not, start documenting relevant information in detail. Include the location, date, time and people involved, and the names of other staff members who may have witnessed the incident as well.

Report

Most cases of elder abuse go unreported. Don’t let fear of being wrong keep you from reporting your suspicions to the authorities. Even if your suspicions are incorrect, you will not be legally liable if you made your report in good faith. In South Carolina, you can report nursing home negligence to the National Center on Elder Abuse. For elder abuse, neglect, self-neglect or exploitation of a vulnerable adult in a community setting, call 888-227-3487. For elder mistreatment in long-term care facilities outside Richland County, call 800-868-9095. And for elder mistreatment in long-term care facilities within Richland County, call 803-734-9900. If you fear that a nursing home resident’s safety is in immediate danger, call 911 as soon as possible. You can also find county-specific information.

Seek Legal Representation

Once you’ve done all you can to get your loved one out of harm’s way, follow up with a nursing home negligence attorney, contacting him or her as soon as possible about your case. A lawyer will help you receive compensation for physical or emotional damages by finding an expert witness to testify for the victim, investigating standards of care for the nursing home and providing experienced legal expertise.

Hire a South Carolina Nursing Home Negligence Attorney Today

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Personal Injury Lawyers: Three Most Common Questions Asked

 

Although each personal injury case is unique, the questions that usually get asked have plenty in common – and Craig Wilkerson shares what those three questions are, along with his answers.

Question 1: Do I need a lawyer?

The answer is, of course, it depends. But, if you’ve been in an accident and are thinking you can pursue legal remedies without an attorney, make sure you understand:

  • The difference between uninsured motorists and underinsured motorists
  • What subrogation means in connection with health insurance and how that concept can affect your eligibility for health care coverage
  • The difference between the North Carolina collateral source rule and the South Carolina collateral source rule – because they are mirror opposites of one another
  • The difference between comparative negligence and contributory negligence

If you’re good so far, be sure to also watch this video to find out what else you need to know if you’d like to proceed with your personal injury case without an attorney:

If you can accurately answer all of the questions in the video, then you may not need a lawyer. If you can’t, then you definitely do.

Question 2: How long will my case take?

Craig suggests that you reframe that question to “How long will it take for me to get well?” Think about what events have transpired to bring you to this point and what it will take to remedy that situation.

Question 3: How much is my case worth?

First, the simple answer. Craig says, “I can’t tell you.” He compares that to knowing how much it would take to build a house without seeing the plans for the house. What he can tell you: that he and his firm of personal injury lawyers provide excellent, aggressive representation with a proven track record of success, including in the South Carolina Supreme Court. Find more information about those court cases.

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Our law firm provides representation in the following areas of service:

Our offices are located in Rock Hill, Fort Mill and Lancaster, and we primarily represent clients in three counties: York, Chester and Lancaster – but are available for representation through the state of South Carolina.

You can find more information about our personal injury lawyers here.

Contact us online for a free case evaluation from our personal injury attorneys or call 803-324-7200 today.

Most Dangerous Occupations: What That Means for Worker’s Compensation Cases

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Although workplace injuries can occur in virtually any industry, some occupations are more dangerous than others. Here are the top six most dangerous industries for workers in the United States according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2015 report on nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses. Do you or a loved work in one of them?

  1. Forestry and Logging

For decades, logging and forestry has consistently been reported as one of the top industries in the country for worker fatalities – and in 2015, 132.7 per 100,000 workers were killed due to a work injury. Loggers and forestry workers are particularly vulnerable to fatal workplace injuries due to their work in rough terrain and in rural areas with few medical resources.

  1. Agriculture, Fishing, and Hunting

Closely following the forestry and logging industry is the agricultural industry, including fishing, and hunting. Though the high risk of these professions may be initially surprising, studies show that approximately 100 agriculture workers are seriously injured every day and nearly 400 workers die each year due to an agricultural workplace injury.

  1. Transportation and Warehousing

Transportation and warehousing account for over seven million jobs, and they also account for a large percentage of workplace injuries and fatalities. In 2015, 201,600 transportation and warehousing workers were injured and 799 were killed in work-related accidents. The most dangerous jobs within this industry are couriers with 6.8 injuries per 100 workers, followed by air transportation workers with 5.8 injuries per 100 workers, then by warehousing and storage workers with 4.9 injuries per 100 workers.

  1. Health Care

Health care is another industry with a surprisingly high number of workplace injuries. Every day, healthcare workers deal with hazards such as radioactive material, bloodborne pathogens, waste anesthetic gas, and chemicals such as formaldehyde, ethylene oxide and peracetic acid. Because of these hazards, 4.3 healthcare workers out of 100 were injured in 2015. Caregivers at nursing homes and residential care facilities are even more at risk with 6.8 injuries per 100 workers, closely followed by hospital workers with six injuries per 100 workers.

  1. Manufacturing

Heavy machinery, hazardous substances and high physical demands can make the manufacturing industry an unsafe work environment. In 2015, 466,500 manufacturing workers were injured on the job. Wood product manufacturing workers are injured at the highest rate with 5.9 injuries per 100 workers.

  1. Retail

Though retail jobs do not typically involve hazardous substances or heavy machinery, the retail industry has a surprisingly high rate of workplace injuries and illnesses, with 3.5 injuries per 100 workers in 2015. Most of these injuries are not the result of a sudden accident or mistake, but rather sprains, pain, soreness and carpal tunnel syndrome due to overexertion and repetitive movements.

Do You Need a Worker’s Compensation Accident Lawyer in South Carolina?

If you’ve been injured at work in Rock Hill, Lancaster, or Fort Mill, South Carolina, then call personal injury attorney F. Craig Wilkerson, Jr. today. We fight again the insurance companies to ensure that you receive a fair settlement for your worker’s comp case. Schedule your free case evaluation today or call us at:

Summer Driving Tips: Safe Driving on Your Vacation

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It’s finally summer vacation season, which means you may be preparing for a long road trip. Summer is the most dangerous time to drive, which means you should take extra precautions. Here are four tips for safe driving on your summer vacation:

Do a Safety Check

The last thing you want on the way to your vacation is a stressful and potentially expensive vehicle breakdown. Before taking a long trip, you should perform a general safety check on your vehicle or go to a mechanic to ensure that it’s in good working order. Be sure to check your tires, battery, belts, coolant, radiator, oil level, headlights and tail lights. If you have any doubts about your vehicle’s reliability, take it to a mechanic for a tune up.

Bring an Emergency Kit

You never know what could go wrong during your trip, so be prepared with an emergency kit. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends packing a kit containing the following:

  • Cell phone and car charger
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Flares and a white flag
  • Jumper cables
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Jack (and ground mat) for changing a tire
  • Work gloves and a change of clothes
  • Basic repair tools and duct tape
  • Water and paper towels for cleaning up
  • Nonperishable food, drinking water and medicines
  • Extra windshield washer fluid
  • Maps
  • Emergency blankets, towels and coats

Also, be sure to pack your license, registration, and car insurance card, as well as a phone number for a national automotive assistance company.

Rest

Being well rested is an important part of long-distance driving. Driving while drowsy increases your risk of an accident and causes around 850 deaths per year. Don’t risk your life and the lives of your passengers by driving too long or driving while tired. Get a good night’s sleep before leaving and take turns driving, switching every few hours. If no one else can drive, be sure to make a pit stop at least once every two hours. Drink plenty of water to keep yourself awake; this also forces you to stop for bathroom breaks. If you start to feel tired, pull over for a short nap.

Practice Safe Driving

Safe driving practices are even more important during long-distance travel. Follow all traffic laws, including posted speed limits. Avoid distractions like talking on the phone, texting and eating while driving. Make a habit of looking far ahead of you for potential dangers. Look five cars ahead (or ten in dense traffic) to spot any problems ahead of time. You should also do your best to avoid heavy traffic, which can be dangerous and will slow your trip. When planning your route, avoid going through major cities during rush hour.

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Troubling News About Traffic Accidents in South Carolina

Traffic Accidents In South Carolina

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According to the 2015 South Carolina Crash Statistics Clock, there is a traffic collision:

  • taking place in our state every 3.9 minutes
  • causing injuries every 13.9 minutes in South Carolina, with someone being injured every 9 minutes
  • damaging property in South Carolina every 5.5 minutes
  • leading to at least one fatality every 9.6 hours, with someone being killed once every 8.9 hours

Here are additional concerning collision statistics from the same source:

  • Someone is killed in a DUI accident (.08+) every 29.1 hours
  • A teen driver is involved in a fatal or injury collision every 1.3 hours
  • One unrestrained motor vehicle occupant is killed every 27.5 hours
  • One bicyclist is killed every 22.8 days
  • One motorcyclist is killed every 2.6 days
  • One pedestrian is killed every 2.9 days
  • One child under the age of six is seriously injured or killed every 7 days

Increasing Numbers of Accidents

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Traffic fatalities increased from 823 in 2014 to 979 in 2015, which is a 19 percent increase. Plus, by looking at fatalities in another way, via the death rate by mileage, this also increased: from 1.65 deaths per million vehicle miles of travel in 2014 to 1.89 in 2015.

Traffic-related injuries also increased, with 58,604 in 2015, a 10.5 percent increase from the previous year.

Traffic collisions are the cause of economic loss in South Carolina, as well, measuring in the billions of dollars every year. This is because of associated medical costs, lost productivity and property damage, which doesn’t even begin to factor in the intangibles such as grief and suffering.

The economic impact is also increasing in our state: $4.12 billion in 2015, up by 15 percent from 2014.

Why South Carolina?

Traffic Accidents In South Carolina

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“Rural roadways, speeding and careless driving could be making South Carolina among the deadliest states in the nation for drivers.” (PostAndCourier.com)

This 2016 article cites a study that uses National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data – one that ranks South Carolina drivers as the third worst in the nation. This is the fifth year for this study, and South Carolina has landed in the five top worst spots for the past four years. Even more troubling, our state ranked first for the vehicular fatality rate when using the most recent data available. Drunk driving? Tenth. Speeding and careless driving? Seventh.

Another report shows that, by August 2016, every county in South Carolina already had one or more traffic fatalities for the year to date.

Rock Hill Auto Accident Attorneys

Attorneys at the Law Offices of F. Craig Wilkerson are dedicated to helping injury victims. Insurance companies already have people looking out for their interests – so, shouldn’t you? And, if the worst happens, and you lose a loved one through a traffic fatality, we are here to help you get the compensation you deserve.

Let’s talk. You can request a free case evaluation with an experienced car accident attorney or call the number for the office closest to you:

Our firm represents clients in York County, Chester County and Lancaster County in South Carolina, as well as statewide. When necessary, we’ve taken cases all the way to the South Carolina Supreme Court, so you can be assured that we don’t back down from the toughest cases – including yours.

South Carolina Farming Hazards and How to Prevent Them

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South Carolina contains nearly five million acres of farm land, broken down into more than 25,200 farms. The average size of a farm in our state is 197 acres. With this much farm land, it isn’t surprising that accidents occur and, in 2015, an average of six out of every 100 agriculture workers were injured on the job. That same year, 401 farmers and farm workers were killed due to a workplace injury. Many of these injuries and fatalities are the result of the following agricultural workplace hazards.

Vehicles

Accidents involving farm vehicles such as tractors, harvesters and ATVs are the largest cause of death for farmers and farmworkers. In 2011, farm vehicle accidents caused nearly half of the 570 agricultural worker fatalities. To prevent injury while working in a motor vehicle, always wear your seatbelt whenever there is a risk of overturning. Make sure that there are no large items in the cab that could come loose if the vehicle tips. If the vehicle does tip over, stay inside. Trying to jump clear of an overturning farm vehicle is one of the most common causes of farmworker death. When you need to leave the vehicle, make sure you stop safely: turn on the handbrake, put controls in neutral, turn off the engine and remove the keys.

Other Equipment and Machinery

Power tools and other equipment and machinery used on a farm can be just as dangerous as vehicles. You should be thoroughly trained before you use any machine or power tool. Always wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPEs) while operating heavy machinery and never wear clothing that is baggy or has loose ends that could get caught in rotating parts. If a machine is blocked or jammed, do not try to remove the blockage until the machine is turned off and all moving parts are still.

Pesticides and Other Chemicals

Exposure to pesticides can lead to short-term and long-term illnesses. Even the family members of pesticide handlers can be affected by pesticides if workers accidently take home traces of the contaminant. To avoid the negative effects of pesticide contamination, be sure to wear appropriate PPEs when working in treated fields. Before eating, move to a nontreated area and wash your hands.

Musculoskeletal Injuries

Due to the bending, lifting and repetitive motions involved in farm work, musculoskeletal injuries such as tendonitis, rotator cuff injuries and muscle strains are very common in the agricultural industry. The best way to prevent these work-related injuries is to act sooner rather than later. Use ergonomically designed tools and equipment whenever possible and use proper lifting techniques. If you start to notice any symptoms of a musculoskeletal injury, report them to your supervisors immediately before your condition worsens.

Grain Bins and Silos

Farmworkers are killed every year through engulfment and suffocation in grain bins and silos. Workers can be trapped under grain if unloading equipment begins filling the bin while workers are inside. Never enter grain bins while unloading equipment is running. If the bin uses automatic unloading equipment, be sure to lock the control circuit before entering the bin. Whenever you must work in a grain bin under uncertain conditions, have at least one other person on site and wear a body harness that can withstand up to 5,400 pounds of stress.

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Expert Bicycling in the Great Outdoors in South Carolina

5 Trails for Expert Bicycling in the Great Outdoors in South Carolina

We recently published two lists of the best South Carolina bicycle trails for casual and intermediate riders. If you’re an expert cyclist looking for new challenges around the state, here are five trails for advanced riders.

Spider Woman II, Harbison State Forest – Columbia, SC

Spider Woman II, Harbison State Forest - Columbia, SC

A hidden gem in Harbison State Forest, Spider Woman II is a steep and difficult trail that is perfect for bicyclists looking for a challenge. The 2.2-mile trail contains steep climbs and descents, switchbacks and several root sections. The most unique part of Spider Woman II is the natural rock garden near the western end of the trail, which provides an obstacle course of exposed rocks and boulders.

Anne Springs Close Greenway – Fort Mill, SC

Anne Springs Close Greenway - Fort Mill, SC

Anne Springs Close Greenway is currently renovating and constructing new trails to create a better mountain biking experience. The Greenway has recently finished construction on the 3.1-mile Paradise Loop, the one-mile Tunnel Trail and the 0.3-mile Avery Loop, all of which were designed specifically for mountain biking. These trails are very technical single tracks featuring tight turns, creek crossings and multiple climbs.

Oconee Passage – Mountain Rest, SC

Oconee Passage - Mountain Rest, SC

This 3.5-mile trail begins in Oconee State Park and ends in the Oconee Station State Historical Site, a military and trading post built in the 1790s. The passage begins by following the ridgeline of Stumphouse Mountain. After about 1.5 miles of riding, you will reach the highlight of the trail: a rapid descent from the mountain in which the trail drops 1,000 feet in elevation in just over a mile. Before reaching the historical site, the passage intersects with the Station Cove Falls Trail, which cyclists can follow to a 60-foot tiered waterfall.

Croft State Park – Spartanburg, SC

Croft State Park - Spartanburg, SC

The 12 miles of biking trails in Croft State Park are some of the most challenging in the state. The Southside loop is the longest trail at 8.2 miles and is rated the second best mountain bike trail in South Carolina by users of MTBProject.com. It’s full of short climbs and downhill sections to help you gain speed, but it’s also very technical, with plenty of roots and rocks. The Idaho Pass is a short ridgeline trail that is possibly the most difficult section in the park, with creek crossings, 15-foot-long ditches, and log rides.

Modoc Trail – Edgefield, SC

Modoc Trail - Edgefield, SC

This 5.5 mile trail makes for another short yet very technical bike ride. Modoc Trail features several steep and rocky descents, twisting switchbacks, creek crossings and small bridges. For a longer route, start at the Hamilton Branch State Recreation Area to warm up on county and Forest Service roads for 4.5 miles before you reach the main trail.

Do You Need a South Carolina Bicycle Accident Lawyer?

South Carolina Bicycle Accident Lawyer

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Intermediate Bicycling in the Great Outdoors in South Carolina

In our last post, we discussed the best South Carolina trails for casual and relaxed biking. If you’re looking for a bigger challenge, try these five bicycle routes for intermediate riders.

Forks Area Trail System – Clarks Hill, SC

One of the most extensive networks of trails in the state, the Forks Area Trail System (FATS) has six loops ranging from five to eight miles long, with 37 miles of rideable trail overall. FATS received an Epic rating from the International Mountain Biking Association in 2009 and hosted their annual World Mountain Bike Summit in 2010.

Two of the best trails for intermediate riders are the Brown Wave and Great Wall trails. The Brown Wave is one of the most popular trails in FATS due to the number of small “waves” in the trail that make for a fast yet exciting ride. The Great Wall is slightly more technical, with a variety of fast downhill sections, small “waves,” and tight turns.

Paris Mountain State Park – Greenville, SC

Paris Mountain State Park also contains a network of trails that are perfect for intermediate cyclists looking to improve their biking skills. Most trails in the park are less than three miles long, but cyclists can easily plan a route along multiple trails for a longer and more varied ride. The 2.4-mile Brissy Ridge loop is especially popular for cyclists. It’s a slightly technical trail with moderate climbs and a few rocks and roots to look out for. The shorter North Lake Loop is also suited for mountain biking. Only 1.2 miles long, this trail is less technical and more scenic than Brissy Ridge.

The Knot, Poinsett State Park – Wedgefield, SC

Despite its location in the generally flat Midlands of South Carolina, Poinsett State Park has trails as rocky and exciting as those upstate. The most popular mountain biking trail in Poinsett is the Knot, a dense network of trails with seven sections to give riders multiple route options. The Knot features well-marked trails, a few moderate climbs, speedy descents and many scenic views of the rest of the park.

Issaqueena Lake – Central, SC

The area around Issaqueena Lake hosts nearly forty miles of trails for cyclists. The main Issaqueena Lake Trail is a fairly flat 4.9-mile loop suitable for more casual riders. Other areas, such as the 20-mile Northern Issaqueena Trail and 2.7-mile Triple Creek Trail, contain more technical sections with large gaps, root sections and switchbacks.

Long Cane Horse Trail – Greenwood, SC

Long Cane Horse Trail is a 27-mile trail shared by cyclists and horseback riders. The northern end of the trail is most commonly used for cycling and includes technical challenges such as log-overs, creek crossing and root sections.

Do You Need a Lancaster, South Carolina Bike Accident Lawyer?

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