Issaqueena Lake

4.32 out of 5
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↑ 1,100 ft
↓ 1,100 ft
elevation (ft)

Out & Back
Trail Description
About this trail
This is one of the fastest best trails I have ever ridden. Although I didn't get to check out all the trails in the area, the main trail is very flat, very smooth and follows a ridge for several miles. This trail is very fast and is not technical at all. Just a fast, fun ride. Very Tsali-esque.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Trail Q&A
Rider Questions


Q: How early is it open? -Guest

A: It's not regulated for daylight hours. You can nightride out here. the only thing is to use some common sense during hunting season as the trails go through a lot of archery areas. I recommend nightrides, sunday (all day) and mid-day rides during hunting season.

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Q: Would this place be more fun on a cyclocross bike instead of a full suspension mountain bike? I am new to the area and I am trying to get a feel for which bike to bring. Thanks for any info! -leesindet

A: This trail system is great for CX. I ride it regularly and will start a CX group ride this fall. (probably friday evenings).

Kurti_sc answered on September 9, 2019. Did you find this helpful? Yes | No

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Recent Trail Check-ins     (346 total check-ins)
  Sam Burroughs   on Oct 13, 2019
  Errett Jacks   on Oct 12, 2019
  Curt Kurz-Edsall   on Oct 10, 2019
  Kurti_sc   on Oct 9, 2019
  Curt Kurz-Edsall   on Oct 8, 2019
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Reviews (29)


February 9, 2019
Kurti_sc Gramcounter  
Review: trails in most of the forest are good. there is heavy logging near Holly Springs. The climb up Grinder is really terrible at the top. But UnGrinder remains flowy and sweet.

Granny Gear

November 21, 2018
Yankeegame Granny Gear  
Review: Nice and flowing with a few tricky parts and a good climb.

Granny Gear

May 24, 2018
kmccraw Granny Gear  
Review: A good cross country trail. Trails are marked and maintained. Minor hills and no really hard, technical spots.

Similar Trail: Southside Trail Croft State Park

Granny Gear

March 10, 2018
BeckyCT Granny Gear  
Review: I love living close enough to this trail so I can ride it regularly. At first I found it difficult to navigate, but with persistence and experimentation many of the routes are not familiar friends. There is still more to explore.

Granny Gear

April 14, 2017
oncoman Granny Gear  
Review: It's interesting that there haven't been any reviews in a couple years. I rode the lake trail yesterday for the first time in 10 years or so. It used to be one of my favorite trails, with lots of flowing singletrack as described by others. I don't know if I'm just older and out of practice or if erosion has taken it's toll on this trail, but I found about 10-20% to be smooth and the rest extremely rough. Yeah, I know that rocks and roots go with the mountain biking territory, but if you're practically getting bounced off your hardtail every 20 or 30 feet it's not much fun. Also, a lot of trail leading down to the lake trail was very washed out. I want to try some of the other trails in the system, of which there are reportedy some 40 miles, but I probably won't be riding the lake trail again anytime soon.

Bunny Hop

October 16, 2015
MTBposer Bunny Hop  
Review: Well, with the parts of the trail system I've ridden I'd say its a nice casual place to ride. As such, I'm surprised by all of the 5-star reviews. Being in the woods biking in and of itself is always awesome. However, I am disappointed that its not a bit more exciting and technical of a ride. It's got the topography, and hence the potential, to be great... but the trails all just kind of meander along with moderate ascents and descents, never really making you work very hard. I moved here from MI and had such high hopes for the area. The trail builders there took advantage of any hill they could find, as in straight up and down the steepest sections! And toss a few boulders in there if its still not challenging enough. Here, you've got all the hills you'd want, and they're kinda just there to look at. I don't get it, was this system built primarily for hikers and the bikers are just settling for what's already there??

Granny Gear

July 1, 2015
Review: I rode Collarbone to Lawrence and then finished up on the lake trail and it was a fast, fun ride. There were a few switchbacks and root sections to keep it technically interesting and if you take the Dam road trail back you get a bit of a climb at the end to give you that aerobic workout you were looking for.


May 20, 2015
6seagull Gramcounter  
Review: This is my 'home trail' also. I've been riding here for 20 years. Some trails have come and gone, but most recently, more stuff has beed added for the good. As much as I have been here I still don't get bored, and I'm still finding trails. Paris Mtn. is great, but there is basically one set of trails there that I really like, so when I go there, I'm riding the same trail every time. I'm personally not into the ramps and jumps that are here at Issaqueena, but that's great for those who are and that Clemson U. lets them build them.
At Issaqueena I get my climbing in without the fear of cardiac arrest and there's plenty of flowing stuff that's really enjoyable.
Not on the list of other activities available is boating / kayaking.

Similar Trail: Not any nearby, Ive ridden


March 16, 2015
flatback Gnarly  
Review: I give this trail a 5. Cannot think of anything more the normal mountain biker would want. 3 friends and I rode the trail for the first time Saturday and time constraints prevented us from covering more than about 10 miles but it was awesome...great views, well maintained, the full package. We went up the dam road trail and then followed along the lake thru Lawrence and Hardwood back up to the trailhead. Then we went down Collarbone and ended up coming up Vomit to the access road and circling back around. We will ride this trail again soon and hope to hit all major portions. The trail along the lake is awesome!

Bunny Hop

January 28, 2015
Review: A good ride. Not too technical, but still have to pick your line in spots. Enough to kick the craving but not so challenging that you will have to get off the bike at all.

Issaqueena Lake MTB Trail 4.32 out of 5 based on 29 ratings. 29 user reviews.
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