Bartram

Bartram
Bartram
Bartram
Bartram

Bartram trail is an 18.5 mile out and back style trail ranging from novice to intermediate difficulty. Bartram can be broken into several discrete segments. Bartram has several spots for rest with benches at 4.5 miles and between 9.5 and 10 miles as well as a Gazebo at ~14 miles that afford views of Clarks Hill lake.

West Dam to Lake Springs Parking lot: The first ~2 (0-2) miles of Bartram trail are fast and fun to ride. The first half mile of Bartram has section of loose rock which novice riders may find challenging. There is a limited amount of climbing to the 2 mile marker. If you chose not to take Lake Springs Loop and instead go the parking lot then be prepared for a brief but relatively steep climb.

Lake Springs Loop: This loop is a horseshoe off of the main Bartram trail coming in at about 3 miles. This section offers a little more climbing than the section from Lake Springs to West Dam. There is an intersection with a wooden bridge with handrails. If you want to ride to the lake take the bridge; If you want to stay on the loop do not take the bridge.

Lake Springs to Petersburg: (2-6.5) This section of Bartram is the easiest ~4 miles of the trail. Offering very little climbing, this section is a good route for novice riders. Intermediate to advanced riders may find the wider trail and easier turns an excellent chance to work on their speed. Keep an eye out for the berms on the turns between 3 and 4 miles for an exciting ride. There is a bridge out between the 5.5 and 6 mile markers. This creek crossing is deeper with water and a sandy bottom. This crossing is armored but novice riders may find it a challenging to ride.

Petersburg to power crossing: (6.5 – 9) This 2.5-mile section is where Bartram begins to lean into intermediate. Expect the trail to grow progressively more challenging from here. This section is the beginning of Bartram West. Access points to the trail significantly decrease.

Power crossing to Gazebo: (9 – ~14) There are plenty of dips both brief and quite dramatic with two sections of rollers that run next to a creek. The 12-mile marker has a notable creek crossing. From this point on several of the creek crossing will be more challenging. At 13.5 miles there is a bridge that has fallen but is still rideable into an uphill section. This section overall has more sustained climbing than any of the previous sections.

Gazebo to Wildwood: (~14 – 15.5) The section between the Gazebo and Wildwood is shorter than the proceeding section but it packs in the same amount of climbing. This section ends at a bench and trail head sign for Wildwood. Proceed across the road to pick up the final section. Wildwood is a bathroom or water stop. Turn right and following the second road the trail intersects (after crossing the road by the trail sign and bench) to the facilities at the docks.

Wildwood to Washington road: (15.5 – 18.5) This section of Bartram is fun and difficult. Riding through Wildwood takes you from singletrack to doubletrack. At this point it’s important to pay attention to signage as the doubletrack is a loop that many an unwary cross-country runner has taken multiple times. You will follow signage back to a single track for the last couple miles of trail. This section is the least traveled part of Bartram and ground cover can make the trail hard to follow.

Keg Creek can be found directly across Washington road.