Bartram Trail - Trail, Augusta, Georgia

Bartram Trail - Trail, Augusta, Georgia

DESCRIPTION

3 Trails. Yellow trail is a 6.5 out/back that connects West Dam to Petersburg. It comes into the Lake Springs loops and heads back out to one of the end points (West Dam or Petersburg). Plans call for it to be extended another 10-11 miles to Wildwood Park. White Trail connects the Yellow Trail to the Lake Springs Fishing Pier. The Red Trail will take you back to the White Trail, or to more sections of Red Trail - confusing! The way it is blazed makes little sense. In reality, there is a 6.5 out/back and two loops, a short connector b/n the loops and finally to really confuse ya, a wishbone shaped set of trails bisecting the fatter loop. Here is the kicker - the loops are not blazed as loops!! Just try to remember the Yellow Trail is the out/back, and the White Trail will take you to/from Yellow Trail/Lake Springs Fishing Pier. The Red Trail will only take you to other sections of Red Trail or back to the White Trail. Over all, the trail is an easy, wide "family" style trail. But it is fun to go fast and fun to ride a singlespeed on. It was built with a Sweco Dozer and Toro Dingo's. It is not technical at all, but the loops do have some optional lines that are descent log rides. Also, the trail can be ridden as a 45 mile P to P by crossing the Dam into S Carolina and riding to Modoc, Turkey Creek and Wine Creek trails. I have fun when I ride the trail because I keep my expectations of going fast high and riding techy stuff very low. It is a great trail to take a first timer, a young child or someone coming back from an injury. If you like sorting out things in your mind like you can on a road ride - come ride here. I actually had 4 great ideas on this trail the last time I rode it! I call it singletrack, but it is WIDE singletrack. It is in the SE, so it should narrow up unless the ACOE is serious about maintaining/accessing it w/ a 4-wheeler :-(

USER REVIEWS

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[May 23, 2010]
crager34
Weekend Warrior

Just rode the new section of this trail which stretches out 9 miles. It's rated intermediate and is a fun, hilly, not to technical trail. If you think it's to easy then gear down. If you think it's hard, the head to the other section as I hear it's a bit easier.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 21, 2009]
bikerides4u.com
Racer

Nice bike trail ! You can make this what you want it to be . I leed bikerides at this trail system often because the experts and beginners can all enjoy this . The advanced riders take off FAST and work on speed and indurance while the beginners can work on technique and componets . We all agree on a meet back at the trailhead time . They have recently added about 3 miles of tuff techicial stuff and are taking bids to add even more trails ! But very fast , packed and never ever muddy ! When there has been a recent hard rain or rain in the forcast , we know we can ride Bartram Trail !

Customer Service

With parking lots w/trail heads on both ends and one in the middle [ all three Georgia State Parks (( West Damm State Park , Lake Springs State Park ))and one with camping (( Petersburg State Camp Groung)) ], we park in the middle ( Lake Springs Trail Head ) and ride a leg in and out , stop for water at the car and go again ! 3 legs ! Plans are to add another leg to a fourth state park . ( Wildwood State Park ) Guess whats across the street from the park entrance ? Keg Creek Trail System . LOL Guess where you can go through a back service rode behind Keg Creek ? Mistletoe State Park with extensive trail system ! LOL LOL

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sorbacsra.org , www.bikerides4u.com , bikerides4u@yahoo.com

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 19, 2007]
Laurel Burdette
Weekend Warrior

WOW! What a fun trail! This was my first trail ever. We traveled along Bartram Trail to the Lake Springs Trail. I bought a bike close to 2 years ago with the intention of becoming fit riding. I rode it 4 times in my neighborhood in the first month with no success. It been sitting in the garage ever since. I could never get the bike up the small hills in my neighborhood and ended up walking the bike. I found this site and decided to try Bartram based on the preview that called it a beginner trail.

Given this was my first trail ever, I didn't know what to expect. I was amazed at how well marked the trail was. There were some ups and downs and a few more roots than I expected but it was all manageable. The Bartram Trail section was comfortably wide to me although not as wide as I envisioned. The floor of the path was mostly dirt with pine covering it. There was one section where the grass was well over my head but it is late August so I guess that was to be expected. We could still see the path.

We went down the Lake Springs side trail as that is where we had our car waiting for us. It was definitely less traveled and narrower. Again, I managed it very easily but the floor of the path turned to gravel and there were spider webs, and weeds over running the path some. There was one section of grass that again was higher than we are tall. We're not sure where the Lake Springs Path ends because all of a sudden you come out at the fishing dock but I didn't see any white blazes from anywhere in the parking lot. I assume that is where it ended but on the map it looked like it ended somewhere else.

Path markings were very easily found with yellow paint every 30 feet or so. The Lake Springs path was marked with white and as I mentioned right up until the dock it is clearly marked. I'm guessing that is the end, if not that part is the only confusing part.

To the people helping to maintain this trail, you are doing a wonderful job. I most definitely plan on going back. It was an absolutely wonderful first trail ever for me. I might just be hooked.

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I'll be trying out Keg Creek Trail next weekend.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jan 02, 2006]
azdrawdy
Cross Country Rider

This trail continues to get better. It is still a big-ring, flowing trail that invites speed all along its 6.5 mile distance (if you include the loops, add two more miles for a round trip speedfest of 15 miles that can be done in approximately an hour). It is maturing into a nice singletrack trail. There are not too many better trails around for night riding. It is not a technical trail and is fast and fun for night riding. Whatta blast! The local SORBA/CSRA chapter has several members that take pride in keeping this trail groomed. Additionally, the trail is located on Army Corps of Engineer property and they take care of issues such as the huge hornets nest hanging ten feet from the trail in '05! If you are into camping or RV'ing, this is the trail to base from. Petersburg Campground has awesome facilities and the trail starts right outside campsite #1.

Customer Service

Start from the gravel parking lot just outside the gate of Petersburg Campground. It is an out-and-back trail. There are kiosks located at every major intersection and those contain very nice maps.

Similar Products Used:

Horn Creek (Lick Fork Lake), Turkey Creek, Wine Creek, Baker Creek State Park, Hickory Knob State Park.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 22, 2004]
joxur223
Cross Country Rider

Here's a link to some pics of this trail: http://www.edcoyle.com/gallery/aug04_bartramlake

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 09, 2004]
joxur223
Cross Country Rider

This trail was my first "single track" and it's probably the best in the area for a newbie to ride to get a feel for mountain biking. It's fairly long but the ease of this trail allows you to ride it from start to finish (7 mile one way) very quickly.

Customer Service

Park at the West Basin Rec Area just before the Dam, or you can park at Petersburg Campground (have to pay a fee to park). From Augusta, take Washington Rd. to Pollards Corner, hang a right and the West Basin Rec area is about 6 miles on your left. Park in the gravel lot immediately after turning, before the ranger hut.

Similar Products Used:

Wine Creek, Turkey Creek, Augusta Canal

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 22, 2004]
seenvic
Cross Country Rider

I went back to this trail after a few months of not riding it. No great changes to note, but I will say that the Yellow Trail seems to have the best flow. The White and Red Trails are obviously not getting as much use as the Yellow Trail. This is probably because the loops can get confusing and just don't flow as well. The loops do have 4 nifty logs rides (the kind you get up on and ride the length of the log).

Customer Service

I'd start on the Yellow Trail at either end and ride it to the White Trail. Take it over and ride the Red Trails and then take the White Trail back to the Yellow Trail and go the opposite direction from which you came. Then when you get to the other end, ride the Yellow Trail back to your car.

Similar Products Used:

Hickory Knob, Baker Creek, Modoc, Turkey and Wine Creek.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Nov 19, 2003]
seenvic
Cross Country Rider

I always fun on this trail. It is twisty and fast with some great lake views. The wide tread allows for high speeds or just cruising along. The loops may offer the best riding, but it's really all pretty good. Nothing technical about it except for an a few optional log rides that you would have to have an eye for to hit. Bring the kids and first timers - will be cool to see them enjoying their first ride off-raod! For others it is a super fast "freeway" - great for singlespeeds. Will be a even better ride when the other 10 miles are finished!

Customer Service

I usually start at West Dam and ride the Yellow Trail the loops, make a right onto the White Trail, then a right onto the connector over to the Red Trail. I usually ride a few different sets of loops in the Red/White Trails as the fat loop has a wishbone set of trails in the middle of it. Eventually, I make it back to the Yellow trail and take it to Petersburg. Then return on the Yellow Trail the whole way.

Similar Products Used:

45 mile ride: Petersburg Campground to West Dam via the loops on this trail, across the Dam into SC, across 28 onto Garett RD,Red Oak Grove,Morgan,Hwy 23, to Modoc Trail, Connector to Turkey Creek and Wine Creek Trails. 2 states, 45 miles P to P.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
1
[Nov 19, 2003]
mvdrawdy
Weekend Warrior

This is a new trail and a welcomed addition to the numerous trails we have in the Aiken/Augusta area. Although not technically challenging, it is still a lot of fun to ride. You can spin your brains out mile after mile while letting the rear end hang out around the corners, and there are some reasonably tight turns and whoop-de-doos to get your attention at speed. If you have friends who want to dabble in the dirt for the first time, this would be a nice trail to start them on. It follows the edge of the lake in some areas which gives some nice views. If taken at beginner speed, it is a boulevard cruising type of trail. A recent newspaper article mentioned that there will be information kiosks erected near the trailheads to give some sense to the trail routes and the blazes that Bill mentioned in the Trail Info header. My wife and I have ridden this trail several times now and decided to just hit the trail, ignore the blazes for now, and get in some fast miles. It works. When the ride is over, we are grinning. Also, during the hunting season, ensure you wear an orange vest. Dept. stores sell them for a couple bucks and since there are hunters in the area, better to be safe than sorry!

Customer Service

It is pretty much a point to point trail. We park near the West Dam parking lot and are on the trail within 50 feet.

Similar Products Used:

Baker Creek, Hickory Knob, Horn Creek (aka Lick Fork)...

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
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