Lick Fork Lake

Augusta, South Carolina

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A day hike around a small lake, along a creek, and through a mixed pine and hardwood forest. The trail heads south, first along the stream and then along the west side of Lick Fork Lake. There are many scenic vistas. The trail crosses several brooks and gullies, some by means of small footbridges. The mixed forest has a clear understory and contains white oak, beech, northern red oak, dogwood, red maple, hickory, sourwood, and both loblolly and shortleaf pines. Underneath grow holly, ferns, and a variety of wildflowers. Watch for signs of beaver activity. The Lick Fork Lake Trail heads north beside a stream that feeds the lake. Watch carefully for a sign indicating a 90-degree turn to the left (west). This turn carries you down to a small brook which you must ford by hopping across slippery rocks. The initial path continues straight ahead upstream (north) for some distance before fading out, so it is important to watch carefully for the left turn.
Hiking South Carolina

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Hiking South Carolina

by John Clark & John Dantzler (Falcon Guides)

A day hike around a small lake, along a creek, and through a mixed pine and hardwood forest. The trail heads south, first along the stream and then along the west side of Lick Fork Lake. There are many scenic vistas. The trail crosses several brooks and gullies, some by means of small footbridges. The mixed forest has a clear understory and contains white oak, beech, northern red oak, dogwood, red maple, hickory, sourwood, and both loblolly and shortleaf pines. Underneath grow holly, ferns, and a variety of wildflowers. Watch for signs of beaver activity.

The Lick Fork Lake Trail heads north beside a stream that feeds the lake. Watch carefully for a sign indicating a 90-degree turn to the left (west). This turn carries you down to a small brook which you must ford by hopping across slippery rocks. The initial path continues straight ahead upstream (north) for some distance before fading out, so it is important to watch carefully for the left turn.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Augusta
Distance: 5.4
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day hike
Season: Year-round.
Local Contacts: Land Resources Division, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, 2221 Devine Street, Columbia, SC 29205; (803) 734-9108
Local Maps: Forest Service map of Lick Fork Recreation Area; Colliers USGS quad.
Driving Directions: Directions to Lick Fork Lake

Recent Trail Reviews

5/5/2007
1

Overall, I really enjoyed this trail. It wasn't crowded (I was the only one in the woods) and it was easy to find. For the most part the trail is well blazed and easy to follow but there are a couple of places where I lost the trail and had to double back. However, it should be said this was most likely due to me just not paying attention and enjoying the woods rather than issues with the trail. There a couple of bridges out which make the hike a little harder than it should be but it's still not beyond the moderate level. The best part about it- you're in the shade the entire time and there are some streams to cross. Great trail but it does need a little upkeep!



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May 2018