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Very easy walk that loops back around to the parking lot

trail running
25 days ago

Nice and soft, wide trail. Sandy in parts. Easy trail running.

Great trails to follow! You will get your hike on.

trail running
1 month ago

Beautiful fall views along the trail. Great places to take pictures. Trail was marked and very easy run.

Love the view! Very flat concrete path across the dam. Of course, I found the one piece of broken concrete when I went walking at sundown and came back across in the dark. Twisted my ankle a little. If you park on the Lexington side, it is free and you can make a bathroom stop and rest under one of the covered picnic areas on the Irmo side.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice and easy walk. Bring $5 for parking.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail it’s self is poorly marked. Forget blazes. There are posts with Maps posted on them but they are posted at the junction and you don’t know whether to go right or left thus you can end up going in a circle. My recommendation is to keep taking the left-hand turns and once you reach the directional post after number 17, go straight if you go left you’ll end up at the back gate of someone’s house. I combine this with the lake trail also because it looks like this trail walks out in the open alongside Clemson road and the traffic sound alone would make it unpleasant.

The All Trails app was great in showing me when I made a wrong turn and because I am somewhat familiar with the area I was able to extend my trip by not taking the entire perimeter trail. All Trail app helps keep you aware of what Trail you are on or if you have left it. I have found it extremely helpful.
NOTE: Today, Nov. 26 I took the Perimeter trail again and went past the Children's garden as indicated and came to a locked gate...on a Monday. Had to retrace my steps and took another trail around the lake and that is blocked because of a footbridge being in disrepair - it has been for sometime but now is blocked for safety reasons. There is NO indication on the info board in the parking lot about the blocked passages.

took a good hike on this Trail today but I did it differently. I went against the traffic so that I could see bicycle coming towards me. I find a lot of cyclist do not announce their approach until they're almost on you and startling you. When you startle someone they made jump the wrong way and right in the path of a bicycle. So I hiked going towards the oncoming traffic. Great hike and a beautiful cool day to do it. took me approximately 2 hours and no major stops. Not hard to go the other way you just have to check and make sure that you are still seeing the blue arrows occasionally

2 months ago

I enjoyed this hike and will do it again. Took about 2 hours taking our time. There are a few benches along the way to stop for a break if needed. Everything was well marked.

2 months ago

Well maintained trail through beautiful trees and flora. Trail is well marked.

walking
2 months ago

My wife and I are from out of town and needed a trail to get some miles logged. This was a great stop. This is an easy paved trail that is well marked with a canopy. We did the 4.5 mile loop and it gives views and access to the river.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Awesome paved trail for the kidos, that are still on training wheels! Lots of benches along the trail to stop and check out the river. Multiple bathroom facilities, splash pad and park. Would be a good venue for a kids birthday party with the grill and table set ups.

road biking
3 months ago

Beautiful trail and well shaded

hiking
3 months ago

For Columbia area, about as good as it gets. I hiked Firebridge to Midlands Mountain to Spiderwoman 2 and back out. I think it was about 9 miles total. The Spiderwoman 2 Trail has the best terrain, water views, and best wildlife of those hiked. Saw herons on the river, a family of four frogs lined up on a log, and ate some wild grapes (muscadines). Bring your trekking poles to swat spider webs as you walk.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful, shaded hike. Be careful to read signage appropriately! There are many connector trails to this trail- so heads up! But over all it was a wonderful experience!

Nice easy walk. Well marked trail. Lots of butterflies, lizards and turtles were observed.

mountain biking
3 months ago

Love, love, love sesqui. Done the designated mountain bike trail with my eight - year - old and often added several miles to it by venturing out to other trails, then tree - connecting at a later point. The sand, which is plentiful and deep in places, gives my hybrid bike a run for its money, but my son's thicker mountain bike tires are usually ok. There are several trails for hiking, walking, trail running, and mountain biking. Campgrounds for RVs and tents are available, as are playgrounds for kids.
Sesqui is my go - to for a quick workout since I live close by.

Nice trail. Not much for sights but the pine forest is nice. Easy and calm for my walk with my dog

mountain biking
3 months ago

Pretty great place to get some miles in on your bike. Lots of walkers on paved trail so stay alert if riding bike. Like the small off the paved paths trail to ride through.

hiking
3 months ago

fantastic terrain. went in the spring and everything was incredibly #green and alive. We had to walk from the front gate to get there because the gate was closed during open hours for some reason but I made for a great 8 mile hike. will be back!!!

great morning trail run!

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked this along with the firebreak, stewardship, midlands MTN trails this morning. That added a decent level of difficulty to the loop. This trail felt more like it believed in NE South Carolina rather than the heart of the midlands.

Hiked this loop this morning added spiderwoman as well to get something a little more technical. Tons of MTN Bikes on the trails but was still a great hike.

Great mountain bike trail for me the wife and 2 kids 13 and 14. Very sandy but fun. Did apply the bug spray and had no problems. GPS clocked 6 miles. Restrooms also not too far away. Even in 95 deg sun.(shady trail) Two thumbs up.

Not a bad little trail

pretty flat but could be a nice running trail

hiking
5 months ago

Love the many changes in elevation, and it was a great workout!

hiking
5 months ago

Not a bad outing. May have been better if my wife and I biked the trail. We didn’t bring our helmets and were told it was required for the rocky trail (and it sure is rocky!) The Park Ranger was kind and helpful at the office building and explained the app on your phone you could use for a map. We just used our all trails app but they don’t do paper maps. It’s good to have the map bc there are a lot of side trails that can get you confused (including the Spider Woman extended trail that loops in the middle for less than a mile).

The river was pretty but not as visible because of a lot of vegetation but you can definitely see the Broad River about half way through it. There are a lot of rocky up and down hills but not too bad. My wife and I GPS logged about 4.45 miles total when we accidentally went down the middle loop (which ends back onto the original path later on).

Enjoying the scenery and a few water stops it took us just under 2 hours. Saw a lot of white tail deer, lizards, and squirrels.

Next time I’ll bike it!

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