Fant’s Grove is a mixture of pastures and forests, of old stately pines and young, brushy tree, of lake edges and small creek crossings. The surface, however, is not a mixture, at Fant’s Grove located at Clemson University, it’s good South Carolina red clay. Some say that is the reason for the famous Clemson Orange.
Riding the edges of Lake Hartwell or the forests, you’re dazzled by the brilliance of yellows, reds and oranges. In the Spring and Summer, when the undergrowth can be fairly thick, you will be charmed by the dogwoods, lady slippers and trillium.
Throughout the ride you are surrounded by deer, wild turkeys, rabbits and squirrels. The thousands of ducks are joined by geese while the “squawking” is interspersed with songbirds’ calls. Fant’s Grove is used as a teaching facility, so you can take a break from your ride at a wildlife
demonstration area. Length of your ride can vary as you explore this land of choices and mixtures.
Camping is available a short distance away at the Twin Lakes Campground, which is operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. For more information, call 1-877-444-6777
From I-85 Exit 19 at Anderson: Drive north on US Highway 76 for approximately 8.5 miles and turn left onto Twin Lakes Road (Anderson County S-4-56). Drive 1.4 miles to Fants Grove Road. (S-4-122). The Big Oaks trailhead and Fant's Grove Road trailhead parking areas are locating along this road. The Butch Kennedy trailhead parking (used primarily by equestrians) is located on Woodburn Road. From US Highway 76, turn left onto Woodburn road and the parking area is behind Garrison Arena.
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