Issaqueena Lake Trail

MODERATE 47 reviews

Issaqueena Lake Trail is a 4.9 mile loop trail located near Central, South Carolina that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round.

4.9 miles 485 feet Loop

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

forest

lake

Starting from the Indian Springs Recreation Area, this moderately difficult out and back ride is close to the lake and offers some beautiful views. The most popular trail in this area, it is mostly single track that is relatively flat and fairly fast, although it does offer one challenge.

hiking
5 days ago

hiking
25 days ago

mountain biking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

trail running
1 month ago

Beautiful trails, I did a nice loop down dam road, around the lake and back via rocky and hardwood that was just at 6 miles. Whitetail deer are out in the morning.

mountain biking
1 month ago

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2 months ago

2 months ago

mountain biking
2 months ago

boo. for mountain biking. not hiking

hiking
2 months ago

Very nice trail for hiking and looked like it would be awesome for mountain biking. I'll have to bring the bike next time I'm here.

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

Awesome for mountain biking!

hiking
3 months ago

This is a nice little 5-mile trail that is family friendly and easy to walk (in terms of difficulty). It is a network of trails that can be confusing if you do not know where you are going. I suggest pulling up one of the recorded maps here on AllTrails and navigating with it so you will know where you are at all times until you learn your way around. Otherwise, you really have no way of keeping your bearings once you are inside the network of trails. It's no big deal, though, since you can find your way back out fairly easily. But if you want to walk the "Issaqueena Lake Trail" as it is shown on the map, you had better use that map to navigate by because there is no way to know which trails to take...it is not common sense and the trails are not marked all the way. And the map on the board at the trail head is no help at all. You can walk on the road down to the dam if that is all you are there to see...it's about a mile and a half. If you take the Dam Rd. Trail, it's a little over two miles.
If I were simply rating the view of the lake and dam, I would definitely give this trail 4 stars. But the fact is, this is a confusing and hard to follow trail - nearly impossible without navigation or trial and error effort - and the map at the trail head does not match the actual trail information inside the trail network. The trails are named (most of them), so you could learn them easily enough, but for someone coming out for the first few times, they are a frustrating jumble of intertwining paths that are hard to piece together and know what you will get. Still, I like this place a lot and I have already been out several times. I am already learning my way around and I can definitely see the charm that is Issaqueena. I would recommend these trails, for sure.

mountain biking
4 months ago

Great trails, can put together any lenght ride that you like .

5 months ago

mountain biking
5 months ago

Does anyone know if someone with "comfort bikes" would be able to ride these trails?