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Level: Intermediate
Length: 8 mi (12.9 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +234/ -232 ft
Total: 28 riders

Mountain Biking Baxter Trails

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#52 of 114 mountain bike trails in South Carolina
#4,136 in the world

Baxter is an intermediate-level trail that starts at the Library in town and goes down to the Catawba River. There are a few offshoots that loop around the main out-and-back. Be prepared for lots of roots, turns, elevation changes, a few wood bridges, a fire pit, and scenic outlook at the Catawba River. The trail goes under Sutton Road and over New Gray Rock Road. The trail is shared between hikers, runners, dog-walkers, and mountain bikers.

First added by aetas on Jan 4, 2015. Last updated May 11, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From I-77, take exit 88 onto SC-160 West. Left turn onto Market Street and drive through Baxter Village. Right at Springmaid Ave. The trailhead is near the Library at the corner of Springmaid Ave and 1st Baxter Crossing. Plenty of street parking, and parking at the Library.
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  • jlmcpherson1

    I found this trail to be very easy and I am no pro by any means. Mostly dirt roads. The trails is also set up very poorly. Few downhills and very few technical parts. Also the GPS listed will not take you to the trailhead. The GPS ends in the middle of highway 77. There are much better trails in the area.

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  • MTS29

    A fun trail if u only want to ride for a short amount of time. It has some good downhill and unfortunately climbs. Overall a decent trail to get a ride in on.

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  • aetas

    Baxter trails are enjoyable. There's something for everyone. Easy parts that are flat and straight with fewer roots. Harder parts with more roots, rocks, switchbacks, and good elevation changes. Overall, it's more on the challenging side. There are a few good downhill sections, many wooden bridges, and both hard pack and softer sandy stuff. It's slick when wet.

    The trail is not marked the best, so bring a map, or app, if you're new. You know you're on the trail, but there are a few offshoots, from the main out-and-back to the river, that can be confusing if you're unfamiliar.

    A local group maintains the trails. Mostly they blow the leaves away, which is really nice.

    There is NO fee to park or ride trail. And it's close to Baxter Village restaurants and shops for post-ride fun.

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