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- Mountain Bike
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- Point of Interest
- Trail Head
- Scenic Observation
- No Fee
The Fant's Grove trail system is part of Clemson Experimental Forest and the trails range from fast singletrack and short, steep climbs, to dirt and gravel roads. Whether you are hiking or riding, you will find that each of these trails has a little character of its own.
Fant's Grove is owned by Clemson University and is part of Clemson Experimental Forest (CEF). Fant's Grove provides over 100 miles of multi-use trails for hiking, mountain bike and horseback riding. Trails go along Lake Hartwell, as well as scenic views of pastureland and trails through the deep woods. There are many points of interest throughout these trails, including a Moso Bamboo Site, Leyland Plantation, Ezekiel Pickens Home Site and various orchards.
None of this trail system is managed exclusively for public recreation use. The trails are a component of a working forest used for teaching, research and extension education for natural resource management. The trail system allows for the study and improvement in construction design and maintenance of recreational use. It also allows for the evaluation of user attitudes and study of the impacts of recreation on the ecosystem. No University or State allocated funds are used to manage the CEF.
Your hike or ride will range from fast singletrack and short, steep climbs, to dirt and gravels roads. There are also some stream crossings and downed trees, which may require dismounting. During your hike or ride, you may see a variety of birds including wild turkeys, and animals such as deer, fox, and snakes. A notable route within this trail system is the Fant's Grove Lake Trail. There are also two foot traffic only trails that take you to historical and scenic points of interest, the Treaty Oak Trail and the Aull Natural Area Trail.
Be aware that this is an area shared by hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians, so please be considerate of others. Insect repellent is recommended during warm months.
Difficulty: Easy to Difficult
Camping: Camping is available a short distance away at the Twin Lakes Campground, which is operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. For more information, call 1-877-444-6777 or visit their website.
The South Carolina Upstate Equine Council helps maintain this Clemson Experimental Forest trail.Directions:
From I-85 Exit 19 at Anderson: Drive north on US Highway 76 for approximately 8.5 miles and turn left onto Twin Lakes Road (Anderson County S-4-56). Drive 1.4 miles to Fants Grove Road. (S-4-122). The Big Oaks trailhead and Fant's Grove Road trailhead parking areas are locating along this road. The Butch Kennedy trailhead parking (used primarily by equestrians) is located on Woodburn Road. From US Highway 76, turn left onto Woodburn road and the parking area is behind Garrison Arena.