paynes creek is a 6.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Hartwell, GA that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is accessible year-round.
The reason why I gave this trail five stars is because it is a true diamond in the rough, relative to the area (set your expectations as this is not western North Carolina). There are very few true mountain bike trails in this area and I was expecting a lot less before visiting for the first time. This trail makes the best of the limits of the area. It's well-maintained, nice and flowy and plenty long - about 9 miles if you do both sections. It has views of the lake from multiple areas on the trail. Given that it's pretty far from major city centers like Atlanta, it gets moderate to light traffic. Since I found the trail, I use it for both mountain biking and trail running on a regular basis when I'm at my lake cabin which is nearby.
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10 MILES OF FAST CLEAN TRAILS.
Gorgeous trail. Watch out for bikers! You can really make the trail as long as you want. Keep an eye out for the pieball whitetail deer!
Just plain awesome trail very fast and flows well. Will be back.
Nice run. Not steep, but some ups and downs. Good workout
Amazing. Not too technical and very scenic
great little trail for running or even an easy hike
Great scenery. Deer, owls, hawk and squirrels were all seen
Biked it! Loved it! Will do it again soon!
Hiked it, 3hrs. Awesome views.
Well maintained and very fun fast trails. No big climbs but definitely worth your time. Last time I was there they had added another short trail to the main loop.