Bartram Trail / West Dam / Wildwood Park

   
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18
miles

Beginner

Singletrack
↑ 1,000 ft
↓ 1,500 ft
9
avg mph
67
ridden
30
wishlist
3:02
avg time

Out & Back
AVERAGE RATING
4.12 out of 5
About This Trail
added by Guest on April 5, 2005
 
A 9.5 mile trail that goes along the lakeshore to the Petersburg camping area. It is technical in some areas but mostly for novice-intermediate riders. I have been riding fior 10 years and use it for speed work. You can easily get an average speed of 10-11 mph.
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SunSnowandWater on June 15, 2014
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Review: Great trail for what it is. It is pretty, feeling of remote, and can be real fun. Don't come here looking for anything technical. I'd take a beginner here, but they may be a but hesitant at some of the ups and downs. This is what makes it fun. I admit I was a bit bored when I started out, then I got to feel what the trail was. I pedaled faster and had a great time flying over all the many whoop do woos. I happened to be working in the area, so I don't foresee me every making a 2 hour drive to ride here again. Locally, it is worth a trip if you just want to enjoy being in the woods and aren't looking for a workout. I went on a weekday evening and was so all alone. It felt pretty remote, and the scenery was nice. Don't forget your bug spray!! Funi if you live locally. Like I said, just don't come expecting any elevation or anything technical. However, you can probably get in some fun little jumps if you pedal fast.

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PSUtuna on June 13, 2013
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Review: Fantastic trail! I rode from the parking area at West Dam to the TH for the Lake Springs Loop. I road the Lake Springs loop and then road from the TH there to the Petersburg Camp ground. Turned around and did it in reverse. Great trail, not technical at all. My average speed was around 8-9 mph on each segment. Great place to put the hammer down! I would highly recommend riding this trail if you are in the area. Also, some other great trails in the area, including F.A.T.S.

Similar Trail: F.A.T.S, Hickory Knob (Lakeview Loop)

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Trevor_Saksa on June 2, 2013
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Review: Well marked, well maintained trail. Flows nicely and a good ride if camping at Petersburg Campground. We stayed here while in the area to ride FATS.

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cabermedia on December 29, 2012
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Review: As a trail runner, I always search for the trails that mt bikers recommend. I was visiting family in August and found the Bartram trails thru Singletracks. I did an out-n-back from West Dam to Petersberg, about 13 miles. It was a great run, we'll-marked and not over used. Saw one pair of bikers during the run (Sat morn, 9am). I'll definitely come back to do a more planned point to point to take in the rest of the local trail, a total of about 25 miles or so as far as I could figure.

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jfigel76 on September 18, 2012
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Review: I traveled from Maryland to ride in this area. I had the most fun on this trail. It is a linear trail or out and back. It is 18+ miles long. I parked near the dam and rode past the campground and back. I enjoyed this trail probably because I had low expectations because of all the hype with other trails in the area. Nice views of the water.

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klowe8828 on June 17, 2012
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Review: A fun ride that carries a sense of adventure. It is an out and back, with parking available by petersburg campground and wildwood park. The Keg creek trail head is right across from wildwood, and another great ride. Never gets too difficult, not too crowded, and a lot of fun. Bring your vest during huntin' season (oct) because theyre out there amongst us.

Similar Trail: K3

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joetutt on September 6, 2011
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Review: We camped at St. Petersburg campground during a trip to FATS and was pleasantly surprised to stumble across Bartram. Bartram is the baby brother to FATS, very fast and flowy. Bartram, however, is never ending AND has better scenery with the trail following the fingers around the lake. Great ride and right at the campsite...can't beat that!

Similar Trail: FATS

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Shadowleep on August 28, 2011
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Review: Hit this trail today for a short ride from Lake Springs to Petersburg very enjoyable ride, it was as if I was the only one on the trail even though there were other vehicles in parking lot. great ride.

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delphinide on June 6, 2011
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Review: Rode this trail at the end of an epic 80mile singletrack weekend as a 'cooldown' ride. It is mostly flat and rolly with a few roots and humps for jumps. Very fast in some places. You can maintain a steady HR for almost 2hrs if you ride it out and back...it's no FATS, but an impressive trail for a State Park with phenominal views and a lake to cool off in post ride. Like it!

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ChiliDog on March 28, 2011
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Review: I was redirected to this trail after arriving at FATS for the second time to find out that it was closed. Should have checked the trail status before heading out there, but it's not to often that I get to SC. The trail was supprisingly nice. It was very smooth with almost no roots or rocks. Not very challenging though. Which in the conditions that I was in was good. It seems to be very well mantained, and it is a fun place to ride if your camping on the lake. The lake view scenery is great. I would ride again if in the area.

Similar Trail: Sylaward in AL

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bhuber on March 15, 2011
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Review: The section between West Dam & Petersburg Park is 6.5 miles and is great for beginners, even though between West Dam and Lake Springs is a little rocky. The other section of the trail, from Petersburg to Wild Wood is about 12 miles if you go all the way to Washington Rd, and is intermediate. It has a lot of places to catch some air as well as some fairly big dips. When going through Wild Wood, you ride some fire roads for a little while but it goes back to single track. The last mile of the trail(right before you get to Washington Rd) is a little rough and doesn't flow too well, but it is still fun. Both sections have great views of the lake!

* Review edited 3/15/2011

Similar Trail: Keg Creek

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jeff on February 1, 2011
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Review: Although the trail is flat for the most part, it flows pretty well and can be ridden fast. Good views of the lake in winter and plenty of opportunities to take a dip in the summer. Camp at Petersburg and ride in either direction for miles of singletrack.

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brianW on September 25, 2010
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Review: Bartram Trail is about 20 miles one way from West Dam recreation area to Wildwood park. Access parking can be at West Dam, Lake Springs, Petersburg Campground and Keg Creek trail head on Washington Rd. The section between West Dam and Petersburg is beginner friendly (6.5 miles one way) There is a 3 mile loop branching off near Lake Springs. The new section between Petersburg to Wildwood is more intermidiate because of the distance also the section that goes through Wildwood park after is a combination of dirt roads (horse trail) and hand cut trail which is rough. Trails ends on Washington Rd across from Keg Creek (9 mile loop) Good possibilities of long distance riding using Bartram, Keg Creek and with 3 miles of road Mistletoe State Park. Bartram has excellent views of Lake Thurman.

Similar Trail: FATS (SC), Keg Creek

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Crosstip on May 14, 2010
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Review: Did this a few days ago. On the link up from Keg Creek (just off HWY) there are a lot of roots, holes. I wasn't real impressed. Most of the trail is wide enough for ATV and horse back with a few spots for jumps.

Similar Trail: Keg Creek is right across the street.

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GoldenGoose on May 7, 2010
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Review: If you park in the Petersburg parking lot, you can access the new 9.5 miles of intermediate trail that was recently put in place as well as the old 6 miles of beginner trail that runs to the West dam. Both are out and back trails so you could put some good milage together by riding them both ways. I only got a chance to ride the new intermediate stuff. Other than the lack of real elevation change it's still keeps you on your toes with roots, dips, twists, and rock gardens.

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mtbgreg1 on December 11, 2009
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Review: This is definitely not 4.5 miles out and 4.5 miles back. I had already had a long couple of days, and rode 6.5 miles out (to the petersberg campground) and there was still trail left. Ended up turning around and riding the 6.5 back for a 13 mile ride. So there was more trail on the end of that, as well as 2 tributary trails branching off of it. I'd say all told, 20+ miles is a better estimate. however, the trail is very well maintained. Really easy, but fast and flowy. Relatively flat.

Similar Trail: Fort Yargo, Winder, GA. Fats, Augusta

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Natalia_GA on December 7, 2008
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Review: Fun trail! Great for beginners. Wonderful views of the lake and occasional bathrooms and areas to refill water bottles. Mostly easy with a few climbs and rock gardens but they're intermittent.

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Guest on June 12, 2014
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Review: Got on the trail on military part points west area. Got lost due to tail not being clearly maintained and marked. Walked for three hours and finally got rescued by staff at park. Was so tired and thirsty.
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Bartram Trail / West Dam / Wildwood Park MTB Trail 4.12 out of 5 based on 17 ratings. 17 user reviews.
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