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Gorgeous at sunset! Lots of birds, rabbits etc (bugs too). Great place for a run or walk (or bike ride).

Nice scenery and great place to walk. Easy enough that my 3 year old nephew was able to complete the back and forth. Lots of cool bird watching opportunities. Definitely a place I will return to.

12 days ago

Lake Murray is a great trail / walk for getting outdoors and enjoying some great scenery. You can make your walk as long or as short as you would like and as long as there is not a major event going on there is a TON of parking.

Typically you find people ridding bikes, roller blades, scooters, walking, running, even canoeing in the lake. Also you will find that a lot of people bring their dogs.

Overall this is a great place for a walk! Make sure to pay attention to the park hours, otherwise you care might get locked in for the night.

19 days ago

This was a beautiful walk around the Santee Lakes. We were surprised to have such a nice park in our backyard and never know about it. You do have to pay $5 for parking.

It is not possible to walk around Lake #1 as shown in the trail. There is a fence blocking it from a complete loop.

Once you get to lakes 6 & 7 you are on the camp grounds, still nice, but not on the waters edge. Also as you leave the camp grounds and come back along the edge of the lake there is no more pavement, we were able to get by in the stroller, but would not go that far if you have one.

Another important note is that pets are not allowed at the lake unless you are staying at the campgrounds and even then there is limited designated area where you can have them.

Overall this was a nice walk and we will be back, probably having a BBQ or two as well.

Cool walk, perfect for kids, dogs, and chatting.

Easy, comfortable. Can be crowded. Great for family or group stroll.

First time on this trail don’t think I will do again, rather boring trail, mostly dirt service road, steep in places but easy trail. Views from top are nice

Nicely paved for all skill levels but that also means there's a fair amount of traffic. Wish the trail went all the way around the lake otherwise you have to walk back.

28 days ago

Dogs are allowed around Lake 6 & 7 on leash But other areas of loop they are not allowed.
Around Lake 6 & 7 is crashed garnet so it’s not hard to walk on or muddy. There are some bigger rocks on the path of lake 6 so I find it a little more difficult to walk.

1 month ago

very calm and reliable hike great views and peaceful

Great hike to chat with friends while getting some nature time on :)

I went with a group of kids! They kicked butt and I almost gave up:). But here I am, planning to go back! It was beautiful at the top and a couple people in our group went back to run the path... It was quite rocky at points and hiking boots would have been a good idea. Sunny- bring LOTS of water and a hat. Great place to see the neighborhood!

great when it isnt crowded!

That’s good one for biking and rent boat at the end of the hiking for $75 all day.

Awesome views for sunset

Great easy walk!

Easy flat trail for walking/biking. There is just one tiny part of crossing about a few inches of water on the bike or stepping stones. Gradual small incline and the view was very peaceful. We ran into more bikers than hikers on midday Sunday. Minimal shade during the hot day so bring lots of water.
-we parked near the farmers market (1030am-330pm) and trail head was down the end of the road. There’s other trails from here.
-it is along the highway for a bit but it gets more quiet along the trail the further you go.

The visitor loop is a great short little 1+ mile trail run. Gorgeous views and perfect weather!

2 months ago

Great bike ride or walk/jog

It’s out and back at the moment. The dam is closed for repairs until October 11th 2018. Great place though!

2 months ago

Easy walk and nice views at sunset. Lots of bathrooms too and free parking.

Fun walk- plenty to see and good places to have coffee enroute

mountain biking
2 months ago

Very pretty ride along the lake’s north shoreline. Mostly flat but there are some inclines that provide a slight challenge.

Easy walk with the bob stroller. Plenty of places to stop and take in the view.

Good hike that’s clean and taken care of. I carry a toddler in a backpack and it’s easy to manage and lots of spots to stop and enjoy the view if need be.

Nice view and almost flat with frequent breeze I would definitely love to go back

I loved it and so did my dog

2 months ago

Used to hike here all the time when I was in high school.. I should go back and hike it again!!

mountain biking
2 months ago

Espectacular vista y ambiente por la orilla del lago.
Súper sencillo el recorrido, apto para niños, principiantes, etc. Son 9km totales (ida y vuelta).
Caminata, trote, mascotas, bicicletas.
Área para descansar y convivir, tienda y amplio estacionamiento.

3 months ago

Accurately described. Lake with a bit of desert landscaping. All dogs were on leash. Some owners don’t scoop the poop. Overall nice trail.

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