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Level: Intermediate
Length: 6 mi (9.7 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +508/ -363 ft
Total: 57 riders

Mountain Biking Lick Fork (Horn Creek)

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#7 of 114 mountain bike trails in South Carolina
#497 in the world

Fast loop with an awesome section through the pines on the back side. Good climbs, fast downhills. Camping at Lick Fork is available year-round.

First added by Jeff Barber on Jan 1, 2003. Last updated May 1, 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 Augusta, take 1-20 east towards S. Carolina. Take exit 1 and bear left. Continue on this road for approximately 10 miles. Lick Fork entrance is on the right. Continue on park road until it appears to end. Turn right. Continue down to the lake and park on the far side. Trail goes up, starting at the lake spillway.
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  • scgpro

    Great trail, good workout. The main parking area was closed due to the COVID but I found a spot to park where the trail crosses the gravel road. It could not have been a more perfect morning to have this pristine forest trail all to myself. The trail was clean and well manicured still showing signs of a recent clean up and mow. This trail has a good variety of ups, downs, twists and turns as well as one or two logs and rocky patches to test some skill. There's also a section that winds through a more opened grassy area. This trail was definitely worth the extra drive.

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  • Tony Rosa

    The trail was just mowed and trimmed by SORBA-CSRA and is in great condition right now. Great old school trail.

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  • davidaholcomb

    These trails were layed out well, and once upon a time were probably good. However they are no longer maintained. They're now overgrown and between 20 -30 trees are across the trails. No one ride here anymore. Sorry.

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  • Jack Dorigo

    Visiting family in SC ( we're from Michigan) had to enter trail from road crossing cause gate to parking was closed. I took my son who's not a big biker and he did fine there. Trail flows well and rides fast with some nice hops to get some air.

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  • Theejuicer

    Decent trail to ride if you are in the area to ride FATS

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  • PSUtuna
    Reviewing Lick Fork Lake:

    I wanted to submit a GPS track for this trail, but it was not possible. There are A LOT of trees down, the bridges are in need or repair, and the trail is over grown. About half a mile into the trail, I completely lost site of the trail. I turned around and mostly had to hike a bike out due to the bad conditions. If you ride at Lick Fork/Horn Creek stay off this loop until work is done. SORBA-CSRA members cleared the main trail last weekend and it is in fantastic condition.

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  • PSUtuna

    After speaking with a SORBA-CSRA member he recomened riding here today due to the fact that they completed some much needed maintenance last weekend. I must admit it is not my favorite trail in the area. I rode clockwise from the parking area near the campsite. The first two miles has moderate climbing with limited downhill. Some roots and rocks. overall a nice section. From mile two and a half till about three and a half is a moderate climb. Then opens into old cash crop clear-cut. This again is a nice fast section. The final mile and a half is relatively flat with few technical spots, but follows along scenic Horn Creek. The smaller loop trail connected to this trail has not seen a lot of use and has nearly disappeared. In my opinion its not worth your time. Overall its a good trail but I would not suggest making a long drive to ride here. If you are in the area it's definitely worth your time! Combine this trail with Turkey Creek or Wine Creek that are in the same area to make a day of it!

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  • GoldenGoose

    Trail is in pretty bad shape right now from downed trees. Two bridges were totally trashed. Might want to check the CSRA sorba website for more info before driving down to rider this one for a few months.

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  • klowe8828

    Great trail. A little downfall currently around the 3 mile marker. There are few directions to the trail head, so after you pay at the pay station, take the road immediately to your left and proceed through the camping area. The trail head has 2 options, go right to circle the lake, about a2 mile loop, or go left to take the 6 miler. The left trail is the one you want...a few roots, very flowy, fun trail.

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  • brianW

    Rocks, roots, off canter 6 mile loop. Fun loop if you enjoy an old style trail. Make sure you pay for the parking (box at the sign) if not you may get a parking ticket.

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  • Jeff Barber

    Horn Creek Trail is not closed. USFS is working on the facilities there and the camping area, lake is closed. But you can still ride/hike the trails.

    You have to park at the new parking lot which is up near section 3. Instead of turning right into the main lot, stay straight on the gravel. Go past 2 right turns, then park on the right.

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  • kristyh

    Entire park was CLOSED, gated off, could not access anything, and sign on gate was posted "closed since August 2010". Have no clue why they have not completed refurbishments listed but it is not accessible...a wasted trip :(

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  • swanski

    I ran this trail today. Clearly it is closed or just not used anymore by bikes. There were MANY deadfalls across the trail - no way a bike has been around here in awhile. The trail is about 1 ft wide and so overgrown in many places that it is hard to see the ground (I run in Vibram Five Fingers so I need to see the ground). I would do it again though.

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  • BikerPanda

    Seems I was at the wrong trail head. Another site had alot of posts that the trail is in awesome shape.

    * Review edited 5/3/2010

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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter

    The length listed is for the Horn Creek loop alone. There is also another smaller loop branching off of Horn Creek that goes around the Lake. It's about 2 miles in length. Overall, this was a really fun ride. Classic Sumter National Forest Singletrack.

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  • rmurph4

    Enjoy bombing through this trail as fast as you can. Would definately recommend going CW -- the trail seems much more fun that way. It seems a little ruttier on the western side, and watch out taking those sharp turns fast on the pine straw -- one slip and you'll be eating it.

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  • smcord1

    This trail was a fun ride. I am a beginner and had to dismount a few times. It took me about 2 hours to bike the loop. There were plenty of places to pick up a lot of speed, and I actually fell off my bike once and a few other times had some near misses with trees. There were a few logs to practice on, a more experienced person may have been able to jump in the air on some of the hills.

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  • Jeff Barber

    This trail is pretty good. It starts off fast with a few ups and downs. Past the creek, the trail goes up a pretty rough hill but then goes down a really fast, smooth, tight section. This is the best part. The trail then continues back up towards the start. All in all, about a six mile round trip.

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