Hiking/Mountain Biking Trail

(Santee State Park)


Description: 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.

Length: 7.5-mile loop

Difficulty: Moderate

Directions: 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.

Camping: Call 1-866-345-PARK (7275) or go online at www.SouthCarolinaParks.com to make your reservations today!

Park Information: Santee State Park, 251 State Park Road, Santee SC  29142 / (803) 854-2408

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