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Level: Beginner
Length: 7 mi (11.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +177/152 ft
Total: 50 riders

Mountain Biking Sadler's Creek

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#37 of 114 mountain bike trails in South Carolina
#2,246 in the world

To access this well groomed, mostly level, dirt and pine needle covered, beginners mountain biking trail, go behind the post and rail fence at the kiosk. Follow the orange markers as you wind and zig≠zag on single track through hardwood and pine forest. You will see beautiful lake vistas, especially in winter, as well as deer, squirrels, chipmunks, snakes, chickadees, and a variety of other birds and wildlife. When you exit the woods at a playing field, turn right, stop at the sign, and cross the road before continuing on the more hilly sections. Watch for occasional low branches, downed trees, and unexpected roots and bumps. A loop on the end of the trail is currently under construction. Restrooms are located near the trailhead and at the park office.

First added by searsandrewj on Aug 15, 2003. Last updated May 2, 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 Exit 14 on I≠85 near Anderson, drive south on SC 187 for approximately 12.5 miles. Turn right onto Sadlers Creek Road and drive 1.2 miles to the park entrance. Continue straight until you see the Dead End sign. Park left on the parking pad, or the mowed grassy area. The trailhead and kiosk are in front of the post and rail fence.
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  • Cowboys647

    Let me preface this with saying that this is my first outing on a single track. It rained/sprinkled during the night so everything was a bit damp but not bad overall. Pretty level although there were a lot of roots. Could not finish the track since two downed trees closed off the end. Overall I would definitely recommend this trail. Oh also, entry fee is $2 for everyone that doesn't already know.

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  • GrindingGears

    This is a flowing trail that has been fairly well maintained. This time of year, the leaves were abundant on the trail making it difficult at times to recognize, but not too bad. The trail has been well maintained with many fallen trees across the trail that have been very recently removed from over the trail. There were a few places were smaller trees were cut down leaving the stub to catch a bike tire so watch out for those along the trail. My 9 yr old son was able to navigate most of the trail, but some places were difficult for him. This trail might be a little difficult for younger children, but it was a nice beginner trail to start out on. The views were nice this time of year.

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  • wfool

    The trail is fairly flat and has limited technical areas, but is very fun. I like it because it doesn't have the crowds that some of the other nearby trails have. I ride there a few times a week and have a good time. I usually see deer and occasionally turkeys. With the new section on the lollipop loop near the campground the distance is closer to 8 miles. I usually park at the parking area for the primitive camping area and start at the trail by the kiosk. I ride out to the lollipop loop take it either direction, then back to the parking lot.

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  • archercrew

    This is a great beginner trail with no true climbs or technical areas but has a nice fun factor. Great packed singletrack & easy to navigate(although could use a few more signs in the lollipop section)
    Enough roots to make you wish you had a full suspension too.
    I am just getting back into MTB after an 8 year hiatus. This was a great trail to get my bearings, learn my clipless pedals again without serious risk, and get a good workout. I will be riding this trail again!

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  • Parkersspace

    Conditions today were damp, just damp enough to make the sand hold together but the roots and pine needles were a little bit slippery, only a couple or sharp turns to notice it on. Fun trail but surprisingly easy to get lost out there. Only a couple of very slightly graded switch back areas and two jumps I passed someone has put in on the side of the trail giving a choice of what to take. I was glad I was following a route as I kept having to stop and check where I was with all the cross over's and small trails you could detour on. One half was hard pine forest and definitely very easy, the other half is narrower trails, more like 1 to 2 feet wide, some longer grass up to my ankles, with some long light uphill graded areas that will lead to some very fun and fast downhill grades but rooty and a bit of rocks on this side. Probably perfect to introduce people to trail riding. One grade that seemed long going up was very fun coming back. Wish i was around here more to learn the trail better. Lots of little benches and small look out over the water areas to stop for a break. I would have ran the trail twice but I ran out of time. Oh and bug spray would be a good idea, i have a few itchy bites now and maybe a small bee sting, though I didn't notice them while I was having my fun.
    Also I parked and started from the end of Saddlers Road on the left, open area, bit over grown near Primitive camping and it says "Future Camping sites". There is a trail map there and I started at it.

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  • mtbgrl12

    We enjoyed this trail. It is a nice ride for a beginner, and it was well maintained. Park near the primitive campground towards the end of the road that runs through the park. The trail begins near the kiosk. Maps were available there the day we went. There are bathrooms at the primitive campground.

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  • Porter Whitmire

    I love this little trail. While it doesn't have the views, climbs, and length of nearby Fants Grove and Issagueena, and it doesn't have the sweet flowiness of Paynes Creek across the lake, it is fun!

    I work in Anderson, and I head out to Sadler's on Fridays, as I can get out there, do the trail and get back in 1.5 hrs (long lunch).

    The trail is well maintained despite the fact that I have ridden it over a dozen times and never seen another biker. The portions under pines can be treacherous (slippery and losing the trail) so stay alert. Lots of roots, like most trails around here. There are a couple of nice views of the lake, but in summer time, you'll have to get off the bike and down to the shore to really see anything.

    If your observant you'll spy a couple of killer massive ancient oaks along the way.

    Take an afternoon and try Sadler's Creek. It's a good trail to get your kids used to riding trails and it's great for a quick lunch ride after a long week in the office.

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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter

    This is a great little beginner trail. It's on very flat ground, so yeah perfect for beginners. There are a couple of small rocks and roots, but nothing challenging. This trail doesn't look like it gets much traffic, but it does look like the park maintains it regularly as it was easy to follow and clear of blow downs.

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  • Medic

    This is nice suprise in the middle of nowhere! well laid out 7.25 mile lolipop with plenty of twist and turns. Pretty flat but again this is nice trail that has had some care given to it. Look like another section is being added. Props to the people taking care of this piece of singletrack - Its in my regualr rotation - its close by and pretty fun to rip through. * Review edited 2/25/2011

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  • party152

    Follow the orange makers and arrows, careful though sombody has been messing with the arrows, I tried to fix most of them but I blew my tire and had to leave. Great scenery, follows the lake a lot of the way, a few sharp turns and tall people watch your head for limbs. Overall except for the thurn in my tire it was worth the ride.

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