Issaqueena Lake

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.33 out of 5
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Intermediate
40
miles

Singletrack
↑ 1,100 ft
↓ 1,100 ft
921
elevation (ft)

Out & Back
Trail Description
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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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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

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Q: How early is it open? -Guest

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Reviews (25)
 

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.

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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??

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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.

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Gramcounter

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

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Gnarly

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!

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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.

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Bunny Hop

September 12, 2014
 
Review: love this trail system. go Tigers!

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Granny Gear

January 1, 2014
jfflood Granny Gear  
 
Review: Great place to get your ride on! Has a little something for everyone, and don't be surprised to run across deer, turkey, wild hogs, and even rattle snakes. I have been riding here for years and have ran across all on the trail. There is far more to ride and see than the lake trail.

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August 3, 2013
Guest   
 
Review: My son and I shred the Clemson DH/FR trails and as always had a serious blast until my son busted three of his teeth on the 15' ramped gap jump gone wrong at the end of the day. The DH/FR trail is in the NW section of the Clemson Experimental Forest where Lake Isaqueena is at. It is at the "Holly Springs" picnic area off of Isaqueena Lake Rd. (dirt road within CEF). There is also a DJ line running alongside the DH trail and also a dual slalom run as well further up the mountain.

Similar Trail: Paris Mountain, Gateway Bike Park (Travelers Rest, SC), Hilltop Bike Park

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Gramcounter

July 27, 2013
 
Review: I rode Issaqueena Lake 2 weeks ago and loved it !!! I want to go back when dryer. Lots of twist n turns. Didn't get to ride all of the trails, But I'm definitely going back !! If you'er in my area (Martin,Toccoa GA) give me a shout at 706-244-8023 and we could car pool up there. It is only 40 minutes from my drive way here in Martin, GA.

Similar Trail: Heritage Park in Oconee, GA

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Issaqueena Lake MTB Trail 4.33 out of 5 based on 25 ratings. 25 user reviews.
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