Yesterday we hiked with Upstate Hiking at Paynes Creek Trail in Georgia. This is a biking/hiking trail that follows Lake Hartwell for much of its length. The trail was engineered mainly for biking but is a great trail for hiking as well. Mileage for this hike was about 7 miles with what we think may be an additional 2 or 3 miles on a trail called Heartbreak Ridge. We did not do the extra miles as we had only planned to do 7 but know it’s an option for another day.
We saw a few bike riders yesterday, one runner, and several locals who were clearing off a large tree that had fallen across the trail but other than that the trail was not heavily used when we were there.
The trail itself weaves through the woods with what I would describe as moderate amounts of elevation gain. I would call it a moderate hike overall, not very technical. I did note that some of the biking descriptions called it a “good ride” and “fun.”
In addition to hiking, there is a boat ramp and a great parking lot with lots of parking. The site is managed by the US Army Corps of Engineers and has a campground which was closed when we were there.