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Great flowing loop around the lake with only one quick and steep climb.


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Map Key

7.3

Miles

11.7

KM

Singletrack

742' 226 m

High

680' 207 m

Low

298' 91 m

Up

292' 89 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

7%

Max Grade (4°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Allowed

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Family Friendly The trail is easy enough for young riders to enjoy.

Need to Know

A paved parking area is located on Concord Rd. near Estes Rd. This is not gated and is open round the clock. You can enter at the lake boat landing, but this area is gated and closes at 7 PM.

Description

This trail circles Lake Whelchel in Gaffney, SC. The majority of the trail is a newly constructed hardpack clay trail perfect for fast riding. There are some areas with pea gravel surfaces, primarily around the dam, that can be a little slippery. The trail is a succession of quick and easy ups and downs flowing through the forest. Only one very short but very steep climb is located on the westernmost portion of the loop. There are several wooden bridges across streams that do not have wire or any other surface roughening installed—they will be slick if wet.

Contacts

Shared By:

Erik Horton with improvements by Peter Gorham

Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 28 votes

#509

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  4.4 from 28 votes
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#509

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Photos

Smooth singletrack in the forest.
Sep 3, 2019 near East Ga…, SC
One of the many bridges
Sep 3, 2019 near East Ga…, SC
Example of the trail riding in the open field next to lake.
Sep 3, 2019 near East Ga…, SC
View of Lake Welchel from trail
Sep 3, 2019 near East Ga…, SC
Trail where it runs on Lake Welchel dam
Sep 3, 2019 near East Ga…, SC
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Current Trail Conditions

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Sep 26, 2023
Bryce Wheeler
Enjoyed the trail and going around the lake and over the different bridges. One steep climb I wound up walking up. 7.3mi
Jan 3, 2023
Mike McHale
7.3mi — 1h 06m
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