Issaqueena Lake Trail

MODERATE 24 reviews

Issaqueena Lake Trail is a 4.9 mile loop trail located near Central, SC 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 460 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.

trail running
10 days 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.

26 days ago

1 month ago

boo. for mountain biking. not hiking

hiking
1 month 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.

1 month ago

2 months ago

Awesome for mountain biking!

hiking
2 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
2 months ago

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

mountain biking
4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

fun but some of the trails where hard to follow

5 months ago

Lots of shade along this route but don't forget the insect repellent.

5 months ago

Great fun for family! Went on father's day '16 with wife and four children(11,9,6,2) had a blast.

5 months ago

Very nice trail especially along the lake it was very beautiful. There are also several other trails to hike here.

mountain biking
7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail, isolated and a few waterfalls off trail. Great way to spend a day and view some wild life..... but avoid the Japanese hornets!

hiking
1 year ago

mountain biking
1 year ago

This is as good as mountain biking gets in this part of upstate SC. Great selection of trails all around this main trail (Issaqueena Lake trail). Understand this is a trail network, not just one trail. I've been riding these for years.

Take a map for the first time. and listen to Kimi VVV

mountain biking
2 years ago

Great mountain bike trail. Fairly short too. There are a lot of trails/options to take so don't get lost!

2 years ago

Fun trails with lots of options. It can be confusing but the trails are marked for the most part.

hiking
2 years ago

Great trail for a hike or trail run. I was impressed with the maintenance and condition of the trail. Just starting in this area and looking forward to exploring this wide network of trails.