Explore the most popular trail running trails near Central with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

mountain biking
7 days 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
17 days 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!

2 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!

2 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.

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.

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.

6 months ago

Very very very easy. We owned the trail the first hour. We would have had it to ourselves if we got their earlier. We started at 9:20 a.m. we stopped a few times to take in the views. We did the 4.9 mile Dam, Lawrence, Colorbone Trail. Takes about two hours. The last hour was inundated with mountain bikers.

I’ll adjust my rating if we ever actually find this Trail and it turns out to be as nice as they say. We followed the road directions, and parked outside (limited parking!!) the gate (which is locked from Nov-April) and walked in. The road forks and there is a sign that points R to the dam and rec area. No sign about anything to L (which the gal back in town told me later was in fact the way to wildcat falls). After wandering aimlessly being able to find No other signs, trail markers or directions, we assumed the rec area was it and gave up.

nice walk in quiet area.

9 months ago

Nice up and down. Some spots are narrow with lots of roots and rocks. Easy to see it’s rated moderate.

tuff. but I loved it!

10 months ago

nice hike on a lake.

11 months ago

Amazing, you can walk at your own pace without pressure. There are more activities to explore. I highly recommend the trail .

Beautiful trail with a few easy water crossings. We followed white blazes as well as the all trails map. Our dog loved playing in the rapids

Me and my kids hiked the hole thing. We loved its lake view, deer, and easy walking.

11 months ago

Great trail, but we got 1.5m in and ran into two huge black bears. looked like they were headed for the water. We turned around and walked back! Maybe we'll hit it some other time.

Very nice hike! I've hiked around the lake more times than I can count, and this was a nice surprise. The area by the river is beautiful and a great place to stop for a break or lunch. Most of the trail is an old logging road, so I'd say this is more in the easy range.

Easy to find and a short hike from the parking area. I then continued on the logging road, which you take to the falls, and took the Rapids trail. This brought me to another area on the river. I would recommend the hike. It was peaceful and a great area to photograph and spend sometime near water and nature.

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