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- Mountain Bike
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- No Fee
The Lake Loop is seven miles of beautifully hand built single-track that can be enjoyed by mountain biking or hiking. The trail is very fast but has numerous logs to cross and two cool rock outcroppings that are each fun and challenging.
From the post and rail fence near the kiosk, begin this scenic and challengingly rugged, hiking/biking, single-track, dirt loop-trail. You won’t find any long climbs here, but other challenges include close trees, steep slopes, rough ruts, roots, and rocks. Experts may not be overly challenged, but all levels of riders will get a good workout. You will traverse an amazing variety of habitats including cedar and hardwood ridges, young oak woods, towering pine stands, and open grassy inlets. As you ascend to peaceful, high points overlooking beautiful lake vistas, or descend to quiet, sandy, back coves along the lake shore, watch for birds, deer, snakes, and other wildlife. During the warm summer months there is a cool breeze from the lake and access to the water for a swim.
Bikers are asked to protect the trails by not riding after recent rain when conditions are wet, but a major feature of this trail is how well it sheds water. Remember to wear insect repellent in warm weather. Pets are permitted on leashes. Restrooms are available at the visitor’s center and clubhouse. If you wish to extend your hike/ride, the Turkey Ridge Trail is nearby.
Camping: Call 1-866-345-PARK (7275) or go online at www.SouthCarolinaParks.com to make your reservations today!Directions:
From McCormick: Drive 5.5 miles west on US 378 and turn right onto McCormick County S-33-7. Drive 1.6 miles and turn left at Hickory Knob State Park. Turn left at the big red barn. The trail head is at the end of the parking area.