Paynes Creek

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Paynes Creek is a 6.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Hartwell, Georgia that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.4 miles
462 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


mountain biking

trail running


mountain biking
3 months ago

Narrow and lots of stumps. Moderate for mountain biking. Some uphills that were challenging. We got can see the lake, but not the pretty sections of it. I would definitely go again.

8 months ago

Good hike

8 months ago

Nice trail, well maintained. Do both this trail and Heartbreak Ridge to get a Boy Scout 10mi. Follow the "traffic" signs and watch out for bikers.

9 months ago

Good trail, a lot of exposed roots.

mountain biking
11 months ago

This is my favorite place to bike.

mountain biking
Sunday, November 13, 2016

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.

mountain biking
Friday, September 23, 2016

Fast clean well planned banks great campground

mountain biking
Friday, September 23, 2016


Wednesday, August 03, 2016

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!

mountain biking
Sunday, May 29, 2016

Just plain awesome trail very fast and flows well. Will be back.

trail running
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Nice run. Not steep, but some ups and downs. Good workout

Monday, April 18, 2016

Scenic trail.

Saturday, March 26, 2016


trail running
Saturday, February 27, 2016

Amazing. Not too technical and very scenic

Thursday, November 26, 2015

great little trail for running or even an easy hike

Friday, August 21, 2015

Great scenery. Deer, owls, hawk and squirrels were all seen

mountain biking
Sunday, October 26, 2014

Biked it! Loved it! Will do it again soon!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Hiked it, 3hrs. Awesome views.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

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.

18 days ago

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