The Little River Blueway Outdoor Adventure Area offers much more than just water trails...  The area is known for some of the best mountain biking trails in the world!  Within the two state parks are twenty one miles of single-track mountain biking trails built by the Southern Off-Road Bicycling Association (SORBA). These are excellent trails suitable for hiking and biking. The 7 mile “Lakefront Loop” trail at the Hickory Knob State Resort Park is a must ride trail for experienced bikers. The trail has many obstacles, including moderate jumps and dips through gullies, which are minor in comparison to the numerous views of Lake Thurmond along the trail.

Savannah Valley Railroad TrailA more leisurely, but equally beautiful, biking trail can be enjoyed along the Savannah Valley Rail Road Trail. 11 miles of the proposed 35 miles have been cleared by local volunteers. The southeastern point of the trail is 2.5 miles from Baker Creek Base Camp. There are also hundreds of miles of unpaved Forest Service roads winding through the National Forest and river basins.  Click here for trail status

The Little River Blueway area is surrounded by other notable trails. The Forks Area Trail System (FATS), which is designated as an Epic Trail by the International Mountain Biking Association, along with Turkey/Wine Creek Trail and Steven’s Creek Trail are all within a 30-mile drive from Blueway Base Camp.

Forest Trails within the Little River Blueway
Outdoor Adventure Area
Baker Creek Forest Loop 10 Mile Trail   79 KB
Hickory Knob Beaver Run 2.5 Mile Trail   77 KB
Hickory Knob Turkey Ridge 2.2 Mile Trail   77 KB
Hickory Knob Lakeview Loop 7 Mile Trail   78 KB
John de la Howe 1.9 Mile Interpretive Walking Trail   46 KB
Savannah Valley Railroad Trail (click for trail status)    

Regional Trails within 30 miles of
Baker Creek State Park Base Camp
Forks Area Trail System (35.1 miles of connecting loops)      75 KB
Long Cane Creek 25 Mile Horse & Bike Trail   70 KB
Parson's Mountain 12.6 Mile ATV & Bike Trail    62 KB
Steven's Creek 5.5 Mile Bike Trail    50 KB
Turkey/Wine Creek 12.5 Mile Bike Trail   56 KB


  • Plan ahead & prepare
  • Travel & camp on durable surfaces
  • Dispose of waste properly
  • Leave what you find
  • Respect wildlife
  • Minimize campfire impacts
  • Respect private property & the privacy of others
  • For more information on Leave No Trace, visit

  • Always wear applicable safety equipment (life jacket, helmet, protective clothing, etc.)
  • Read safety information and park rules prior to trip
  • Leave a float or trail plan with family and friends
  • Bring water and first aid supplies
  • Be aware of other boaters, especially on open water and wear a whistle (DNR requirement for paddlers). 
  • Dress appropriately and be prepared for inclement weather. Even in temperatures as high as 50-60 degrees (F), wet and windy weather can still cause hypothermia. Avoid wearing cotton clothing.
  • Carry a GPS unit and a cell phone that receives coverage within the area

While considerable effort has been made to provide accurate information, we take no responsibility for any errors or omissions. There is some risk involved in water paddling, hiking, camping, and trail riding. The ultimate responsibility for safety lies solely with the individual.

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