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Mountain Biking South Carolina
by Nicole Blouin (Falcon Guides)
This trail is the most popular ride at Issaqueena Lake, and for good reason. The extremely fast singletrack combined with the scenic miles along the lake make an excellent ride. Before you begin this loop, spread out a picnic on one of the tables at the recreation area and take some time to appreciate this rehabilitated forest. While relatively flat, this singletrack requires a moderate degree of technical skill, which is why this stretch is used by the Clemson Cycling Club as part of a race course. Slow down when you reach the lake to wind in and out of the lakeside coves. Early morning fog often hangs above the water— a spectacular scene in autumn. Tread: Singletrack with a .6 mile on old roadbed.
at least my hundreth time on this trail(my fourth in 2 weeks) -- everytime is great. always fast and tight switch backs. several different trails to take in this area. the one that runs beside the dirt road is my retuen trail. i get on it after i climb the big hill. there is a big pine tree laying across the trail at the end about 6 foot above the trail. waiting to see which of my merry band of followers gets decapitated (none yet but i have had 2 go off the cliff close to the dam) it all started with me and my oldest son, 10 years later it consist of 6 of us.love this sport
Issaqueena is an awesome area to ride. The Lake trail is the most well known. Very beautiful. The best way to do the rock is the hit the left side at running speed. There are probably 40-50 miles of trails in Issaqueena and all can be accessed from the main parking lot. Lots of great loops. As good if not better than Tsali.
Far more than 7.8 miles of singletrack. You could ride all day without re-tracing your path. Trails from beginner to advanced. Get a map at Sunshine cycles in "downtown" clempson(sic).
This is the best riding in South Carolina. The lake trail is fun, but not as fun as all the other trails. There are so many trails out here it is unbelievable. Each time I go I ride something different. Go with someone who knows the trails, it is easy to get lost. Watch out of locals, once saw some teenagers fishing and I guess we interupted them, because they left before us. When we rode back out they had strung fishing line up on the trail and pulled dead fall over the trail, not to mention the broken bottles.
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