Family Friendly: Some wide sections of trail; few technical features.
This is one of 4 main loop trails in the Fant's Grove Wildlife Management Area, a Clemson University owned property. This trail is used heavily by equestrians, so be sure to follow trail use rules: bikers must yield to horses & hikers. Riding with a trail bell is a good idea. This trail is marked with plastic red squares nailed to the trees all along the route.
The main entrance for this trail is at the Butch Kennedy Trailhead found across the road from the T. Ed Garrison Arena directly off Woodburn Road. To access the trail, ride down the grassy hill toward the entrance bridge from the kiosks. At this point, the trail is three trails: Red Square Trail, Green Triangle Trail
, and Gray Diamond Trail
. Continue on this trail and up the climb until you cross the first paved street.
Across the street will be intersection marker B2. The Red Square Trail will drop off to the left. Follow the red squares to continue on this trail. You'll ride a short distance and cross a paved road. The trail will continue and at marker A17 will also become the Gray Diamond Trail
. Follow this trail, cross another paved street, and at marker B9 continue straight following the red squares.
After about a mile, the trail will dump out on a forest road. Turn left and follow the road. Follow this road until it reaches a paved street. The trail continues off to the right. Do not cross the street. After another mile or so, this trail will combine with the Blue Bar Trail
for a short distance. Follow this trail until you reach the large parking area at the Big Oaks Trailhead. Continue across the paved street onto the forest road behind the gate. The Clemson University map is not correct for this portion of the trail. After a few hundred feet, look to the left for marker B21C. Enter the trail here.
Continue on this trail until you reach marker B24. Make a left and look for the red square blazes. Follow the trail to the right. Look for and follow the red arrows directing you toward Butch Kennedy Trailhead. You'll cross back over the Gray Diamond Trail
. On this route, you'll ride through dense hardwood forests and/or pine forests. Due to limited use some portions of the trail trail may be difficult to see in late fall/early winter. Leaf litter at times may be deep. There are 4 street crossings so be aware of traffic in these areas. There are not very many roots, rocks, or technical features on this trail. Printed trail maps, courtesy of the local equestrian club, are usually available at the kiosk at the trailhead.