Swim Distances at Clarks Hill Lake (West Dam Park / SC Visitors Center)
Swim Distances in the Savannah River (5th St. Bridge to Boathouse)
Common training locations (links to Google Maps):
- Augusta Boathouse (HIM transition area)
- N. Augusta Rec Center / Greeneway (Bergen Rd. entrance / Hammonds Ferry Rd. entrance)
- Savannah Rapids Pavilion (access to Canal tow path)
- SC Visitors Center and West Dam Park, Thurmond Lake
- Pollards Corner and Wildwood Park, Appling
- Mistletoe State Park, Appling
- Odell Weeks Park, Aiken
Off The Beaten Path
FATS (Forks Area Trail System)
A series of loops through a thickly forested area provide a great hiking or mountain bike experience for all levels of hikers and riders. You can get a feel of the mountains where some of the higher elevations provide panoramic views and the thick vegetation provides a home for many birds and animals.
Although it is hilly, you aren’t going to find many climbs that require a lot of effort or dismounts. For experienced riders, there are many sections where you have a choice of just rolling through, or going to one side to jump, and sections of ripples where you can also roll through or get air between them. The Great Wall offers a more of a challenge for experienced riders and may be difficult for beginners in places. Do NOT ride or walk around areas where the trail bed has been stabilized by rock.
After heavy rain sections may be closed. Check for closings before arrival.
Great Wall 7.5 miles, Skinny Loop 6.0 miles, Brown Wave 5.8 miles, Deep Step 5.0 miles, Tower 3.8 miles, and Big Rock 4.0 miles. Connector trails are another 3.0 miles and part of them are on paved and gravel roads.
Address: Woodlawn Rd, Clarks Hill, SC 29821
From McCormick: drive south on US221/SC28 for approximately 23.0 miles and turn left onto Woodlawn Road (McCormick County S-33-204). The parking area is on the right just beyond the junction with Deep Step Road (S-33-53).
From I-20 Exit 1 (North Augusta): Drive north on SC 230 for approximately 5.5 miles and turn left onto Woodlawn Road (S-19-53). The parking area is 3.8 miles on the left.
From Augusta: Drive north on SC 28 for approximately 8.5 miles and turn right onto Hopewell Church Road/Deep Step Road (S-33-112). Drive 3.3 miles and turn right onto Woodlawn Road and the parking area is on the right.
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Fees: There are no fees, but donations to the Hitchcock Foundation are welcome.
From US 1 in Aiken: Drive south on York Street and turn right onto South Boundary Street. Continue downhill and look for the parking area at a gated road.
The Augusta Canal
Hikers, cyclists and runners regularly head for the Augusta Canal’s wide, level towpath, once used by mules to pull canal boats to the Canal headgates. Additional trails into wooded and urban areas add variety to the outdoor experience. Spring and Fall “Trail Talk” walks and “Pedals Thru the Past” rides add to understanding and enjoyment.
Boyd Pond Park
Boyd Pond Park, often referred to as Aiken County’s hidden Jewel, is located at 340 Boyd Pond Road in Aiken, SC. Boyd Pond is known for its 30-acre pond, but also has softball fields, a soccer complex, 2-mile hiking trail, multiple mountain bike trails, fishing pier, boardwalk, boat ramp, multiple rent-able picnic shelters, outdoor basketball court, sand volleyball court, playground and observatory.
In 2016, an 18-hole disc golf course was added to the former Par 3 golf course area. The course features turf tee pads, practice basket, picnic area, and a course designed for all skill levels of play. Picnic Tables, benches, and grills are spread throughout the park, which offer great views of Boyd Pond and the beautiful natural environment around it.
Plans are currently underway for mountain bike trail expansion, the addition of equestrian trails, a small performing arts amphitheater, and many other renovations throughout the 210-acre park.
Phinizy Swamp Nature Park
Phinizy Swamp Nature park is free and open to the public 365 days a year from dawn to dusk. Our Swamp Shop and Visitor Center is open on Saturdays from 9 AM – 5 PM and Sundays from 1 PM – 5 PM. Free parking is located at the Nature Park’s main entrance.
Langley Pond Park
Our beloved Langley Pond has been dry for several years because of an issue with the dam. Hopefully it will be available for 2021. I began this triathlon craziness in 2010 and Langley Pond was my first. Those were the best of times for sure!
Langley Pond is known as the world’s largest pond. The park’s amenities include a boat ramp and dock, a bath house with restrooms, a covered picnic area with grills, and swimming area with a sand beach. Added in 2014 was the Langley Pond Loop trail, a hiking/horse riding trail made up of two separate loops: the 2.75 mile big pine loop and the 2 mile hambone loop creating a 4.75 mile trail when combined. Langley Pond Park also contains the portage for the Horse Creek Water Trail leading to the pull out at Harrison-Caver park and the trailhead in Granitville, SC.
Hours: Dawn to dusk
From I-20: Take exit 5 towards North Augusta, turning left at DMV office (signage at first light after exit). Follow Ascauga Lake Rd. to Sudlow Lake Rd., bearing right at fork. Cross through the intersection of Hwy. 1 and Sudlow Lake.
113 Langley Dam Road | Langley, SC 29816