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Level: Intermediate
Length: 40 mi (64.4 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +347/ -330 ft
Total: 208 riders

Mountain Biking Issaqueena Lake

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#5 of 115 mountain bike trails in South Carolina
#378 in the world

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.

First added by alvin.santoy on Dec 31, 2002. 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
For the XC/AM trails (not the DH/FR trail)..."From SC Hwy 123, turn LT (from west) or turn RT (from east) onto Hwy 133 (College Avenue/Six Mile Hwy) and head north after passing under the immediate RR overpass. Within 4 miles you will pass by Twelve Mile Recreational Park and then cross over a lake bridge. Turn LT onto Old Six Mile Rd. immediately after crossing bridge. Within 5 miles you will see the Isaqueena Trails Trail Head on the LT side of the road. This trail head is also for hikers and equestrian riders as well (separate parking section for the equestrian riders though). For the DH/FR trail..."From Hwy 123, turn LT (from west) or RT (from east) onto Old Clemson Hwy (there is a Palms Gas Station on LT and a Food Lion on RT at Hwy 123 and Old Clemson Hwy intersection). Make a RT onto Lawrence Bridge Rd. (Old Seneca Rd later on). You will see a concrete/aggregate plant on the immediate LT of Lawrence Bridge Rd. Once you drive over a lake bridge, within a mile tops you will see Clemson Experimental Forest entrance on the RT (can be easily missed). Turn RT. Once entered through the CEF gates (dirt road), make a LT at the immediate fork (Isaqueena Lake Rd. and West Dam Rd.) onto Isaqueena Lake Rd. Drive the dirt road for about a mile or two and make a LT at the Holly Springs picnic/recreational area. This is the bottom of the DH/FR trail which is up the mountain. You will need to walk or ride your bike up the small service trail to the left of the cooking pavilion or start walking your bike at the bottom of the run to the RT of the cooking pavilion where the big structure gapped drop-off is at. The little service trail will take you inbetween a road gap and up the mountain. You will see the trail structures on the DH trail on the LT as you pass the road gap. There is a dual slalom run up further from the starting ramp of the DH trail where they race. Also, there is a DJ line to the inside of the DH trail as well. You can also reach the DH/FR trails from the XC/AM Trail Head...."Drive north on Old Six Mile Rd. from the XC/AM Trail Head. Within 1 mile, you will see Isaqueena Lake Rd. (dirt road) on the LT at the Clemson Experimental Forest entrance. Drive within 5 miles down dirt road and Holly Springs picnic/recreational are will be on your RT. (WARNING...if you go this route, you will have to drive through a shallow creek crossing. It is about 2' deep but very sound bottom. It is part of Issaqueena Lake Rd.
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Rider questions

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

Q: How early is it open?
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.