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The Big Lefty

Intermediate
 4.3 (3) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

An approximately five-mile loop that gives runners a good sample of what the park has to offer.


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4.6

Miles

7.4

KM

99%

Runnable

885' 270 m

High

801' 244 m

Low

217' 66 m

Up

207' 63 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildflowers

Gates close at dark.

Overview

Start at the pavilion then go around the south ball field, and every time you come to an intersection go LEFT. Eventually, the trail will bring you back after 5 miles to the start at the pavilion. The trails have been altered since the concept originated, so now there are a few right turns; you can use the Trail Run Project mobile app to stay on track.

Need to Know

Bathrooms are located in the parking area as are drinking fountains. Free parking. The park is host to several races per year, and is a busy place on the weekends.

The wooden bridges can be slick after a rain. All of the trails are well-marked with blazes on the trees and signs at intersections, and the main maps at the trailhead kiosks now have all the trails labeled.

Runner Notes

These are multi-use trails with two-way traffic. Sparkleberry Connector and Swamp Rabbit Trail were recently paved for ADA use.

Description

Start (and finish) at the crosswalk in front of the pavilion. From the start, run down the hill and stay on the pavement. Follow the road toward the park entrance. Just before the park entrance, turn right on to the sidewalk going behind the baseball fields. Take a left turn into the singletrack trail.

Follow Raccoon Run Trail, then left onto Dragonfly Way around and down the hill to the lake view. Then follow Raccoon Run Trail along the bank of the river and along the boardwalk. You'll come to the paved trail intersection with Sparkleberry Connector (SBC); turn left and cross the the big steel bridge. Take the left turn off the bridge onto Possum Run and the take the left down onto Froggy Bottom Link. Look for mucky swampy bottoms and the fun jump up on the walk bridges.

Froggy Bottom will twist around and you'll arrive at "T" intersection with the River Otter Way boardwalk section, and turn right. This will lead back up and become Possum Run before you see the paved SBC - turn left on the pavement and then look for your first left onto Woodie Walk - another scenic boardwalk. At the end of this section, turn left onto Flat Tail Trail(FTT). Follow FTT past the bird's nest overlook and onto another boardwalk.

At the end of boardwalk, turn RIGHT on the paved Swamp Rabbit Trail (SRT). At the 3-way intersection, turn left onto Stone House Spur AKA park HQ, staying on the pavement. At the top of the hill, look for the right turn onto White Tail Trail, and run up the hill around LARGE old oak trees and picnic tables. This brings you back to SRT and another left turn on to pavement.

Turn right onto the paved Sparkleberry Connector (SBC). Run up the hill and look left for the steep downhill and the LEFT fork onto Box Turtle Trail. Take the right fork across short bridge to a nice little climb and a good downhill that will bring you back to SBC pavement where you'll want to turn left.

Stay on the pavement and it will take you back across the steel bridge and to the final left into the challenging last section of Raccoon Run Trail. There are some technical sections along the river and some hard rocky ups and downs. Upon exiting the Raccoon Run Trail continue up the grassy hill then turn to run down it straight to the finish line at the pavilion crosswalk.

History & Background

This lake was formed when a textile mill dammed the Reedy River; there are historical placards at all the parking areas.

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Shared By:

Erik Olsen

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One of the boardwalk sections has a peaceful river to the left.
Jan 12, 2017 near Mauldin, SC
"Flat Tail Trail" just after "Woodie Walk"
Jul 11, 2017 near Mauldin, SC
Trail entrance to "Raccoon Run" at back of baseball fields.
Jul 9, 2017 near Mauldin, SC
After crossing a steel bridge for the 2nd time, this is the last left turn before finishing.
Jan 12, 2017 near Mauldin, SC
Left off of Sparkleberry Connector down onto Box Turtle Run.
Jul 11, 2017 near Mauldin, SC

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