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Level: Intermediate
Length: 14 mi (22.5 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +440/ -458 ft
Total: 43 riders

Mountain Biking Turkey Creek

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#17 of 114 mountain bike trails in South Carolina
#1,262 in the world

This is a very nice in and out trail that is about 10 miles in length when starting from Key Bridge(5mi. in, 5mi. out). This trail is great for beginners but has a few mildly technical sections to keep you alert. There is a little bit of everything on this trail. Roots, bridges, small ditches, switchbacks(up & downhill), And logs just to name a few. This trail follows a large creek so it is very winding but still very fast. There is a little climbing, but for the most part is fairly flat so keeping a good pace is not very hard. This is a very popular trail in this area and is also used by hikers so keep your eyes open. My favorite part about this trail is the abundance of wildlife. I have seen deer, squirrells, rabbitts, raccoons, and a skunk just to name a few.

First added by alvin.santoy on Jan 1, 2003. Last updated May 11, 2020. → add an update
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  • 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 Edgefield, SC take Hwy.23 about 12 miles to Key Road and turn right. Continue on Key Road until you get to a steel bridge. This is Key Bridge. The trailhead is on the far side of the bridge on the left.
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  • C-Lo

    This is an old school trail. It is pretty rugged. The bridges on the far end of this trail are in bad shape so b careful. I had a good time riding out here with the local SORBA group.

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  • wsligh

    The ride started out really nice. Packed, easy to follow trail. After the first mile or so the track was really torn up, there was a bridge down over a gully that was hard to cross, and then the trail became difficult to follow. Overall these factors made for a pretty frustrating ride. The highlight of Turkey Creek was that an armadillo chased my bike for a few seconds.

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  • SCSR_Ratchet

    If you start this trail where it crosses the key bridge it is great, just don't start at the top of the trail. There are too many downed trees it makes for an annoying ride. And by downed trees I do not mean ones you can jump over....No one could jump over a few of them.

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  • PSUtuna

    Great trail with flowing narrow singletrack! Road here by accident. I meant to ride Wine Creek, but zigged when I should have zagged. I'll go back and hit Wine Creek later this week. The trail is in awesome condition right now. You can get some good speed on this trail (my top speed was 17mph), but there are enough technical sections to keep you on your toes. There are about 10 bridges to cross and they are mostly in good condition. There was only one spot where I had to "hike a bike" over a log. Very little climbing, but there are a few switchbacks both up hill and downhill. One warning... Bring bug spray!

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  • Dustin Gaddis

    Trail is in amazing shape right now. There was a burn a few weeks back, now trail is wide open, big sight lines, great ride.

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  • brianW

    Good old trail, great fun, nice views. Enough to keep you honest. Nothing really technical. After the 5 mile point (Turkey and Stevens Creek meet) the trail is a little less traveled. Great in the fall. In times of high water portions of the trail may be flooded. A little more than 7 miles to the end. Cross the road to Wine Creek to make a longer ride.

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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter

    Nice trail. Classic Sumter National Forest Singletrack. Nice views of the creek, good flow for the most part. Was rather wet, and had several large trees down, when I rode it.

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  • rmurph4

    This is a fast trail with some moderate climbs and a couple tricky technical spots. I went 48hrs after a huge rain -- and it was MUDDY. If it's stormed recently, give this trail some time to dry out. All in all, great scenery, cool creek crossings, and a lot of fun.

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