Explore the most popular hiking trails in Clemson Experimental Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great easy place to take a small stroll. The falls are great and it’s worth the stop.

1 month ago

Easy hike for the afternoon. Lots of low rocks and tree roots to navigate. Beautiful lake views and steady breeze. We saw several bikes and runners along the trail. Everyone was polite and left no trace.

this was a good trail. we took our 3 children 2, 3, and 4. It was a super easy trail. we didn't see anyone on the trail. It was closer to 2 miles than the 1.7 that it's says on the app.

I really enjoyed this hike. We had to take our shoes off to cross over in a couple of places but it was a nice little refresher as we waded across the creek. Probably would not do this one during the cooler months but as for today it was nice.

The trail was OK but it was VERY poorly marked, this is why the 3 stars. Also there were 2 places that required us to take off our shoes (or not but water was shin high) and wade across the water. While we enjoyed it and our dogs loved it - I can see how some might not so wanted to mention this.

Very nice easy hike. the trail has great views of the lake. the trail turned out to be 6 miles according to my wife's fitbit. we seen a few mountain bikes but very considerate of the hikers and a couple people riding horses.

we did this loop and then some. It was a nice trail! Our dogs had a blast playing in the lake!

This was a great little hike. Lots of gentle slopes to give you a decent workout. Part of the trail follows lake Hartwell for a bit. This is by far my new favorite hike in the Experimental Forest.

I only did the West Logging Rd part of the trail to Six Mile Creek which was 30 ft or so across. There wasn't a way across without getting very wet so I turned back around.

Now the trials I used to get there were wonderful...Rocky, Wounded Knee, Wildcat Technical and Wildcat Technical Alternate( on the way back).

Saw lots of American Beautyberry bushes with berries (not yet purple in August) but I will be going back to see them.

Wounded Knee looks like a good bike trail to try for the beginner.

Lots of traffic on the trails...probably a bit more than I would like, but it was lovely nonetheless!

Very well maintained and well marked trail. Quiet except when you are near Old Six Mile Road. Cool even when it 80 plus degrees. Loved the creeks, lake, and waterfalls. Did not like walking into all the spider webs, but hey, it's there turf.

Well-maintained trail, saw a couple frogs and turtles but not much else. Probably prettier in the fall and spring, but hardly any flowers or color. Easy hike with a few hills. Overall, not bad.

Would’ve rated it great but we stayed on the loop specified...was much longer than posted. My daughters app measured 6.5 mile loop.

The creek was up so we rolled up the pants, took off the shoes and enjoyed the adventure! Rocky logging road deducts a star from the rating.

mountain biking
5 months ago

We rode 3 different trails there today. We had the most fun on these trails. Will recommend them to beginners and experts.

Now this is a trail. It wanders. My dog and I rarely see any other humans, although we've seen wild pigs and plenty of deer.

I love this trail. You have some dirt road, it takes you by an old home site, where the giant oak fell recently. It walks you along the lake and the creek feeding in to it. So much to see, plants and mushrooms and animals. Did someone lose a dog up there? We saw a very skittish small dog on the dam road. Unattended with no person. My app said 5.5 miles. First time I walked it said 7. I wander.

mountain biking
5 months ago

Fun and easy mountain biking trail. Good for beginners like myself!! Only complaint is that it's fairly short, but the trail is clear and it's easy to loop back around.

More like 3.5 miles but fun.

Boring, poorly marked.

It’s a great trail but they have a lot of different ones there have to go back and do more. Also you can rent bikes there. Mountain bikes... we will go agains an so soon!

7 months ago

Nice little trail for how easy it is to get to, right outside of Clemson. Barely marked at all, as others have noted. I meant to hike the Issaqueena trail, but ended up hiking on Collarbone, to Lawrence, before eventually ending up at an intersection with Issaqueena. Ended up at the top of the lake, and hiked down the eastern side to the dam, then walked back on E Dam Road, a dirt/gravel road that lead to the parking area. The lake was very pretty, saw a deer swimming and lots of turtles sunning. Pretty low traffic for a friday afternoon, saw one mountain biker, a horseback rider, and one person walking their dog. Trails were mostly single track, but very easy walking and essentially no elevation change. I would classify this hike as more easy than moderate. Will explore the trails some more another day, I like how close by it is!

7 months ago

Clockwise from trailhead. Nice hike. Need this app. Trails are barely marked at all. Got turned around twice. Nice moderate hike though. Full 1/3 elevated trail around the lake. Water crystal clear. No power boats. Minutes from Clemson. If in the area should definitely check it out. About 2 hours around. 5 ish miles.

Loved it! But...take your phone and this app..markings are very poor and you will get lost. Ran it and it was 5.6 miles per my Garmin watch. Bikers on trail but only a few and were very respectful.
Go runners!

Streams in the way where you cannot cross without waders or getting wet. Trail doesn't look very well-maintained. The incessant dog barking noises indicated that there were hunters nearby.

We had a good time on this hike. It mostly follows logging roads, but it follows near the creek for a lot of the hike and has some pleasant scenery. My daughter and I spotted an owl late in the evening as we were getting close to the end, so that was cool. We really enjoyed the rapids. There are two places where you’ll have to get wet crossing the creek.

Fun trail! Beautiful lake! I will be making this a regular trail running stop!

2 mile walk from gate when it is closed. One small waterfall, one small creek and 2 big creeks each way that I couldn't cross and had to turn around.

10 months ago

Little bit longer than 5 miles. First time walking and the signs were a little bit confusing. Glad I had my phone to make sure I was on the right trail because I probably would have been lost. Took me about 2 hours but I stopped to take pictures. Moderate is a good measurement. Hills, flat grounds, great views. Very light foot traffic but I also went early afternoon on a Friday.

10 months ago

Very easy, took my dog on the trail but it is very narrow and there are a bunch of bike riders who own the trail.

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