Sandy Creek Lakeside Trail is a 7.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Athens, Georgia that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and horses and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length7.8 miElevation gain462 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingHorseback ridingWalkingRunningForestLakeViewsWildlifeRockyFee
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There is a $2 entry fee.

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K Pulv
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Hiking

Great local trail. Long but easy. My husband likes to fish the lake so I'll be here often.

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Deanne Tegtmeier
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Nicole Swart
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michael swart
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Valerie Young
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HikingGreat!

Note: $2 entrance fee into the park. If you have dogs, the back part of the trail has houses with dogs of varying states of control. The trail was great. I think another review said it best that this is easy with enough variability to make it interesting.

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Harold Craig
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Great day, great hike!

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Eliza Huffman
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trail was nice, yet challenging. enough hills to keep you in check:) BUT one star deduction for the gate closure. BE SURE TO EXIT BEFORE 6PM (or whatever time the park closes when you’re there) was 10 minutes “late” leaving (6:10) and had to call the non emergency police line and have an officer come and unlock the gate!!

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Matthew Lawing
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Mary Byrd
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Great hiking trail. Muddy in the low spots after the rain this week. Nice bridge with benches around the halfway point.

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Clay Atherton
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Not busy at all, mostly single track through the woods, although there is a little bit of the trail that is developed

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Chris Herron
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Hey Starts at the buckeye horse trail. Stay on that until it ends, on the way back jump on lakeside loop at first intersection (go right).

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Warren Brown
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Steve Prinner
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Highly recommend this trail & not very crowded on a Sat.

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Mark Reynolds
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This is half the Lakeside trail (mile 0 to mile 3.4) and then the rest I followed the Buckeye horse trail.

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Michael Boehlke
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Amanda Sowell
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HikingFeeGreat!Muddy

We parked in parking lot 14 and did about 1.5 miles total. A good chunk for our 2 and 4 year olds. Nice wide path and gorgeous lakeside views!

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Heather Karallus
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Hiking

Awesome walk!

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Brittany Culver
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Great area to hike. Lots of good views and good markers to be sure your on the right path.

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Ashton Hedrick
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*$2 entrance fee; also check for front gate closure times* Great trail! You have to do a little stream crossing at some points. Challenging enough to keep you on your toes, but not strenuous and generally pretty flat. Nice views of the lake! You can kayak, paddle board, or canoe on it, too. Horse trails are available. Pretty much anything you want to do in a park, Sandy Creek has it.

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Wes Shaddix
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kelly gilbert
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Mark Reynolds
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HikingFeeGreat!

I've done this trail 3 times now. It's mostly easy and flat with a few moderate sections due to some short but steep inclines and there are some sections with a lot of roots or rocks so watch where you step. The trail is mostly well marked with white blazes though signage is definitely needed around the boat ramp and the beach area where the trail is not marked by blazes. Blue blazes are the horse trail. Construction around the beach area is finished as of September 2020. Note the map follows sections of the Buckeye Horse Trail and is a longer route than the Lakeside Trail. The Lakeside Trail is about 7-7.1 miles.

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Norman Hicks Sr.
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Still working on getting my pack up to full loadout weight, I’m getting pretty close now. I need to add in a quilt, cook set and stove and I’m pretty much there. The heavier my pack gets, the more I understand the pull of ultralight backpacking. I tend to walk the horse trails on the far side of the lake to get in a bit more distance and a few more feet of elevation, but still nowhere near the elevation gain on most mountain trails. The temperature was around 82 degrees with the occasional breeze and a bit muggy. Think I’m about ready for some cold weather.

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Nick Mathews
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Gemma Gatti
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WalkingFeeGreat!

Great long walk in the woods. Enough twists and turns and ups and downs to keep it interesting but not too tough to be a relaxing walk. It was HOT and incredibly humid but the trail was mostly in the shade and there was a nice breeze coming off the lake in some places. Bugs weren’t an issue but there were tons of spider webs stretching across the trail which weren’t super fun to walk through! I’d do it agin in a heartbeat, though.

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Deb Agran
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Hiking

Very nice walk, plenty of shade!

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