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Cycling Around The Upstate

· Cycling,South Carolina,Outdoor Adventure

There's something about getting on a bike that gives any adult the feeling of being a kid again. Letting go and being completely free, but at the same time giving a sense of empowerment. It's a challenge, but a fun challenge.

The Doodle Trail is a paved trail that's perfect for those looking for an activity that lasts a while. It's a 7-mile biking trail that goes between Pickens and Easley. Depending on when you need a break, both towns have a good selection of food choices. Pickens has The GateHouse Restaurant, Coyote Coffee and Auntie Ann's Kitchen. Easley has Merrell's Pizza, Inky's and The Huddle. Pickens also has a Town Creek Bike Park for those who love the thrill of dirt jumps, banked turns, berm turn wall rides and more for those skilled trick bikers. You can either jump in or have fun watching.

Sadlers Creek State Park's mountain biking trail is more beginner-friendly at about 6-miles long. Don't let that stop you pros from giving it a go. It's a stunning scenic trail through the forest with views of lakes and wildlife.

Fant's Grove Lake Trail near Pendleton is moderately difficult at about 7.8-miles long with a beautiful view of Lake Hartwell. Once you tackle this mountain trail, reward yourself with a well-deserved meal. Anderson and Pendleton have some great choices: The Smokin Pig, 1826 Bistro, The Village Bakery and Cafe, Summa Joe's and Sullivan's Metropolitan Grill.

Clemson Experimental Forest has four different trails to choose from, giving you the option to do more than one if you're feeling up to it. Issaqueena Lake Trail is a 4.7 moderate mile loop with beautiful lake views. Six Mile Creek loop is a 3.8 moderate mile loop with a breathtaking waterfall. Double Fork Tree Trail is a 3.7 moderate mile loop with blooming wildflowers in the spring and summertime, as well as stretching lake views. Triple Creek loop is a 10.5 moderate mile loop with wild flowers scattered along the way. Afterwards, head over to Clemson for a delicious meal at one of the following: Zen Ramen and Sushi Burrito, Yolk, Skin's Hotdogs, BGR The Burger Joint or Sardi's Den.

As you cycle your way through these trails, remember to feel the wind in your hair, stop to smell the wildflowers, and take in the beauty surrounding you while embracing that childlike wonder.

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