Hickory Knob State Park - TRAIL

Hickory Knob State Park - Trail, McCormick, Carolina

7.2 miles of handbuilt singletrack. Is a loop. Runs along the lake, up and down peninsulars. Awesome. Moderate difficulty. With the facilities in this park including cabins, golf course, lake and conference center with an all you can eat buffet, it will be the place to ride in SC. CSRA-SORBA is now putting in a 4-5 mile connector from the conference center to the barn. You will be able to ride singletrack for a nice 15 mile loop. Join SORBA and IMBA if you want more stuff like this to be built and maintained.

User Reviews (29)

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Robert   Weekend Warrior [Apr 07, 2007]

Rode this trail for the first time today with my wife. She is new to the sport and the best thing about this trail was that it was a great ride for both of us. This is truly a great trail for all levels of riders. Not to mention the fact that the views are great while riding around the lake. This entire area is South Carolina's best-kept secret.

Customer Service

We went clockwise..accidentally. Would reccomend counter-clockwise.

Similar Products Used: Turkey Creek. FATS.
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5
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2
PWerksHare   Cross Country Rider [Jul 20, 2005]

After an annual trip to N.C. & Tenn. ride locations, we used HKSP as the stop-over ride on the way south (home), Central Florida. This is a FANTASTIC resort, with great accomodations, dining, extra activitites for family and kids....... and the lake. Reasonably priced ! HKSP offers a very FAST and flowing ride through the pines, with awesome views of the lake, coves, and abundant wildlife. Trail is so well designed, that you actually have to pay attention to "how fast" you ride - as the ride surface and gentle turns will deceive you when a drainage crossing appears, or one of the gentle climbs, which are decievingly challenging (get used to speed - and then your down to lower gears trying to maintain momentum) ! Clark Hill is a picturesque lake (whoops, forgot, Thurmond), sorry . Many swim locations - and many places for a nice stop / picnic in the grass, overlooking miles of lake. Best part is - when finished - you exit the trails, ride 100 ft. to your room, shower, go for a swim in the large pool, play teather ball, tennis, vollyball, golf, go out boating, shoot pool in the conference center, and enjoy a Very Good and reasonably priced meal in the dining hall. Accomodations are half the price of comparable motels !

Customer Service

From Lodge, "Beaver" to "Lakeview", then cross the street to "Turkey", then return to Lodge riding "Beaver" in reverse (a nice gentle climb just to make sure your legs are "warmed"... 16.5 miles round-trip, and easy to average 10-12 mph on this ride. If SORBA-CSRA is actually (planning) connecting "Beaver" to "Turkey" - this will be a fantastic non-stop "S-T" ride area. Current short road ride (between "Beaver" / "Turkey/Lakeview" is not bad - actually enjoy the few steep climbs (8 percent for 1/4 mile). Found one questionable section of "Lakeview", now that ground water levels are up/above normal levels. If you ride "Lakeview" loop in a clockwise direction - the trail eventually junctions with a trail heading towards the "Campground", and one signed as the "Bike Path" heading up to "Long Cane" (Ranger Maintenance Buildings). The bike path up to Long Cane seems to be in a "seep" area. Trail is exposed clay - minimal pine needle cover - it is holding water / wet clay, muddy. Tires will cake-up. Best to take "Campground" trail exiting "Lakeview" - and avoid this climb / wet clay.

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4
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3
seenvic   Cross Country Rider [Nov 01, 2004]

The Lakeview Loop at HKSP may be the best 7 mile of singletrack in the area. It is so fast it just invites a big gear, high heart rate and adrenaline flow. It has neither huge climbs or descents, but few flat spots as it flows between 420' above sea level and 340' in a constant up/down fashion. The views of the lake are awesome. No hunting all year makes it a great trail to hit on Saturdays when hunters are on the USFS property. Ridden w/ the Turkey Ridge Loop for a 9 mile loop is the best way to go.

Customer Service

I like making one 9 mile loop out of the Turkey Ridge and Lakeview Loop. Start by crossing the street and getting on the Turkey Ridge Trail (TR Trail). At the loop, take a right onto the TR Trail. Ride one full loop, and back out the road. Cross the road and go into the woods below the pavement going up to the barn. Take a left onto the Lakeview Loop and ride it around one time. This is a 9 mile loop.

Similar Products Used: Beaver Run, Baker Creek, Wine Creek, Turkey Creek, Horn Creek, Modoc
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5
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3
joxur223   Cross Country Rider [Sep 22, 2004]

BTW - here is a link to some pictures of the trail: http://www.edcoyle.com/gallery/hksp

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

This trail is fantastic! It's a nice cross between the ease of Bartram Trail and the techy aspects of Wine Creek. It's a bit short but you can always do the 7 mile loop twice. The 2 mile loop (I think it's called Turkey Run?) is also quite fun and it's a nice cap on a good ride, if you want to ride more but don't want to do another 7 miles.

Customer Service

Take the trail head to the RIGHT of the barn when facing the barn. This part of the trail is a long uphill if you do it the other way, so it's a nice way to begin the trail - with a long downhill rather than ending it with a long uphill climb.

Similar Products Used: Wine Creek, Turkey Creek, Augusta Canal Trail, Bartram Lake trail
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5
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3
Bill   [Jun 09, 2001]

Seven miles of beautifully handbuilt singletrack. Michael Burton and Scott McCall did a fantastic in building this trail. The trail is very fast but has numerous logs to cross and three cool rock outcroppings that are each fun and challenging. Once on the ride, the lake appears after about a mile or so. You will follow the lake onto 12 points for the next five miles. Then it's one mile back to the barn. Not much climbing, I'd guess less than 300 feet on the entire loop. You will cross hundreds of drainages, none of which are bridged. So while it is fast it also keeps you on yours toes with dips, logs, rocks and tight tree sections. It is the most scenic trail in the area. Would make a great day hike.
This is brand new seven mile singletrack brought to you by SORBA and the SCPRT Trails Program. South Carolina is lucky to have a progressive State Trails Coordinator (Jim Schmid) and State Parks leaders that are moving trails to the front burner. South Carolina State Parks is out in front when it comes to adding new trails to the McCormick area. This is the second trail that SORBA and Parks have teamed up on. After the connector and the Cell Tower Loop are built in HKSP, a total of 21 plus miles will have been built since 1998 near McCormick, SC.
Go to www.sorbacsra.com and join the organization that is building and maintaining the trails from Augusta to Greenwood. It will only make SORBA stronger and more capable of negoiating more trail construction.

Customer Service

Counterclockwise. Go in the trail on the side near the shop. End at the kiosk.

Similar Products Used: Baker Creek, Turkey Creek, Wine Creek, Modoc,
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5
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Thomas M. Underhill   [Jun 17, 2001]

Trail is of intermediate difficulty... challenging to all..many log crossings, and uphill grades...can be completed in an average of 1 hour 45 minutes. Trail is in very good condition and well constructed. The scenery is beautiful and you are always within a stone throw of the lake where you can cool off.

Customer Service

Counterclockwise seems to be faster, crossings are built to travel in this direction.

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4
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ToddMeister   [Jun 18, 2001]

Ok, I drove South to ride my bike. Thank you SORBA and HKSP- it was fun! This is a new trail so it is still kind of rough. Once people find this trail and it gets ridden it won't be "technical" any more - it will be FAST! No climbing to speak of here (just a few ups and downs - lots of whoopdie-doos) but nice views of the lake. A few un-ridable trees down over the trail - but looks like they get cleared quickly - Allison had just gone through last week when we rode. This is a great place to do a weekender without going all the way to Tsali. The campground is huge, there are cabin rentals, a golf course - and take the boat, kayak, or jet-ski. Baker Creek State Park is right across the road so you've got some variety and two days of better than good riding - without going North. My three and a half stars round up to four!

Customer Service

Either way would be fun.
Ride it both ways to make it worth the trip.

Similar Products Used: Baker Creek
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4
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SS Rider   [Jun 25, 2001]

Great singletrack to ride with a singlespeed (or geared bike). There is next to no climbing. Anything close to a climb is over before it feels like you were climbing. Views of the lake are wonderful, flow is great - there are no "bad flow" corners. Construction is first rate. Thanks to SORBA-CSRA and Hickory Knob SP for this trail. If you are looking for a place to visit with your singlespeed, the McCormick, SC area is the place.

Customer Service

Either way. Ride counter closewise first.

Similar Products Used: Modoc, Baker Creek, Turkey Creek. All singlespeed friendly.
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5
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rob   [Jul 15, 2001]

I think that the guys in the area did a wonderful job and it took alot of work to get the trials the way they are. We should be impressed in the amount of work that they did.

I would say that they are beginner trails. After half way thru I was bored out of my mind. All I kept asking myself was will it ever end????? If it were a little wider it would be a bike path. You are going to fast to look at the lake, and all the little and I mean little dips are just hard on man and machine. Not much fun to take a dip that just slams your front forks and your shoulders. The hills are not big more like good slopes that you can ride in 7th + gear. Some trees down on the trail that will eat up your front sprockets. Not a trail I will bust my butt to go ride often.

Customer Service

I rode it from the kiosh, I was told everyone else rides the other direction. What ever.

Similar Products Used: Augusta Canal, Turkey Creek are both good trails and full of fun.
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1
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