You can begin this biking or hiking trek at the trailhead on the right,
just before the entrance to the camping area on State Park Road, or at the swimming area
on Cleveland Road. This broad, mostly level, pine needle covered path
passes through a mixed pine and hardwood forest draped with
Spanish moss, but in several places, you will be able to glimpse the lake
and its numerous cypress trees. You will see several offshoot paths
that go into the woods toward the lake, but follow the blue blazes to
stay on the main trail. On the inward part of the trail (away from the
lake), you will
bike/hike over stretches of boardwalk through a thick forest. During the summer you may encounter colorful Golden Silk spiders that spin huge, strong,
golden webs. Golden Silk spiders are not a poisonous variety, but
their size and
webs can be intimidating. Also, during the warm months, carry adequate water supplies
and wear insect repellent (and protective clothing) to keep off biting
flies and mosquitoes. Facilities are available at the campgrounds
and at the swimming area.
From Exit 98 on I-95 at Santee, drive west on SC 6 for 1.2 miles and
turn right onto State Park Road (Orangeburg County S-38-105). At the stop
sign you can go straight on State Park Road to the north trailhead at
the Cypress View Campground, or turn right onto Cleveland Road and go
to the south trailhead at the swimming area.
Call 1-866-345-PARK (7275) or go online at
to make your reservations today!
Santee State Park, 251 State Park Road, Santee SC
29142, Telephone: 803- 854-2408.
South Carolina State Trails Program
South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism
1205 Pendleton Street :: Columbia, SC 29201 :: 803-734-0173