Hit the Trail
There are plenty of hiking, biking, canoeing and horseback riding trails to conquer at the lake.
Bartram Trail – 18.5 miles
Entrances are at West Dam Park, Lake Springs, Petersburg Campground and Wildwood Park. The section from West Dam to Petersburg is a beginner trail while the others offer more climbing, creek crossings and technical challenges. Connects with Lake Springs Loop and links easily with Keg Creek and Rock Dam trails. Beginner-intermediate level. sorbacsra.org
Bussey Point Horse Trail – 12.4 miles
Bussey Point is a 2,545-acre peninsula at the confluence of the Savannah and Little rivers that caters to horse lovers. Closed to vehicular traffic, there are more than 20 miles of well-marked wooded equestrian trails and natural-surfaced roads to ride on. Campsites near the trail are designed for campers with horses and trailers, and include highlines for tethering. The roads and trails throughout the area also are open to hikers and mountain bikers.
Catfish Peninsula – 6.5 miles
Catfish Peninsula is a 1,070-acre peninsula along the Savannah River portion of the lake. The area contains 10 trail roads that branch out through the area. The area contains six food plots and several old stands of large pine and hardwood. Note: There are no trail signs in the area.
Cliatt Creek Nature Loop – 3.75 miles
Located in Mistletoe State Park ($5/car park pass), this remote trail is marked with white blazes. Grades are a little steep, and there are a few obstacles. The footbridges at most water crossings are wide enough for bikes, although the approaches are difficult. Part of the trail follows Cliatt Creek through a hardwood forest as it flows toward the lake, while another section wanders through woods with a gentle series of dips and rolls.
Dozier Branch – 2 miles
From the canoe launching area, go downstream along Dozier Branch to where it joins Grey’s Creek. Go north along Grey’s Creek until the water is too shallow to go any further. These creeks are not accessible to most power boats and provide excellent fishing. There are no trail markers on these canoe trails. Extra caution should be used during periods of high stream flows.
Forks Area Trail System (FATS) – 37 miles
Sumter National Forest
A series of six different loops through a thickly forested area makes this a great system for beginner to intermediate riders. Generally beginner friendly, the optional lines provide challenges for more experienced riders. Although hilly, there are not many climbs that require a lot of effort or dismounts. sorbacsra.org
Hickory Knob Trails — 10.2 miles
Multiple loops and fast trails are fun and challenging for the intermediate rider. Located in Hickory Knob State Park, the Lake Loop is 7 miles, Turkey Ridge is a 1.7-mile loop and Beaver Run is a 2.5-mile out-and-back. sorbacsra.org
Keg Creek Trail – 9.2 miles
This trail, marked with yellow blazes, is a fun ride full of roots, dips, bridges and creek crossings that are technical enough to be challenging but easy enough for fairly novice riders. Some of the creek crossings are easy; some are difficult. Connects with Bartram Trail at Wildwood Park and links with Rock Dam Trail by less than 3 miles of paved road. Intermediate level. sorbacsra.org
Lake Springs Loop – 2.5 miles
Located in the Lake Springs Recreation Area ($5 parking), this paved interpretive trail, marked with white blazes, is a spur off of Bartram Trail (marked with yellow blazes). Secondary trails identified with red blazes allow visitors to explore the Lake Springs shoreline. The trail connects the four peninsulas that make up the park and ends at an observation tower overlooking the lake.
Little River Blueway Outdoor Adventure Area – 51 miles
Located at the convergence of Little River and Clarks Hill Lake in Sumter National Forest, the Blueway offers 51 miles of trails for canoe, kayak and standup paddleboard enthusiasts to explore. The trail system includes five main routes and 23 contiguous sections that offer easy access to protected lands and waterways. Upper sections of the water routes are surrounded by national forest land, where paddlers can see abundant wildlife. The lower sections along the Little River and open water sections on Clarks Hill, which are buffered by U.S. Army Corps of Engineer lands, include coves for paddlers to explore. There are no trail markers on these canoe trails. Extra caution should be used during periods of high stream flows.
Modoc (Stevens Creek) – 5.5 miles
ModocAn out-and-back trail for intermediate or advanced riders, this trail is best known for its multiple creek and ditch crossings. It is one of the most technically challenging trails in the area. sorbacsra.org
Rock Dam Trail – 13 miles
Located in Mistletoe State Park ($5/car park pass), with access via the Cliatt Creek Nature Loop, this trail is marked with blue blazes and will challenge even the most seasoned rider with several creek crossings, a gully ride and a long, rocky, rooty extremely off-camber climb. Most riders prefer the loop in the clockwise direction. Multiple loops; intermediate/advanced level. sorbacsra.org
Shriver Creek – 3.25 miles
Shriver Creek is a 900-acre peninsula along the Savannah River portion of the lake. The area contains six trail roads that branch out through the area. Most trails go to or pass one of six food plots. Longleaf pine trees are common. Note: There are no trail signs in the area.
Wildwood Park – 12 miles
Wildwood includes up to 12 miles of wooded trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding. The more advanced biking portion of Bartram Trail from Petersburg to Wildwood Park offers nine miles of fast single-track challenges. A brisk ride through Wildwood takes riders to nearly eight miles of more technical obstacles of Keg Creek. Entry is $3 per day per car, truck or motorcycle. The entry fee for vehicles with a horse trailer is $6 per horse per day. columbiacountyga.gov