Cuddo Unit Bike

Trail Activities: t

  • Hike
  • Mountain Bike


8.7 miles





Difficulty: Moderate

Trail Features: t

  • Parking
  • Information Sign
  • Scenic Observation
  • No Pets
  • No Fee
  • No Camping


Santee NWR, established in 1941, is located in Clarendon County, South Carolina. Cuddo is the easternmost unit of the Santee National Wildlife Refuge and there are some excellent trails for hiking and biking, with gorgeous scenery.

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After entering the refuge, you can park near the information area and ride in, or continue into the refuge and park along the road at the trailhead on the right. You will be riding mainly on old roads that follow the shoreline of Lake Marion. During your ride you may encounter many of the wildlife species that inhabit the varied landscape of Santee. During the winter months, the threatened bald eagle and occasionally the endangered peregrine falcon can be seen. From November through February migrating waterfowl such as mallards, pintails, teal and wood ducks along with Canada geese are a major attraction. Throughout the year red-tailed and red-shouldered hawks can be viewed soaring overhead, as can a variety of songbirds in the trees, and wild turkey. The forest also provides a home for white-tailed deer and other woodland creatures such as raccoons, squirrels and bobcats. The ponds and marshes provide a home for alligators plus a number of other reptiles and amphibians.

The refuge is open 8 to 5 October through February and 7 to 7 April through September. The visitors drive is closed EVERY Saturday. Insect repellent is recommended during most of the year. 


From Exit 115 on I-95 between Summerton and Manning, drive southwest on US 301 (Toward Summerton) for 1.1 miles and turn left onto Clarendon County S-14-14. Drive 3.3 miles to Davis Station Crossroad, turn right then left onto S-14-64. Drive 4.9 miles and turn right onto S-14-260. The entrance to the refuge is approximately 2.0 miles on the right.

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Santee National Wildlife Refuge | 2125 Fort Watson Road, Summerton, SC 29148 | (803) 478-2217 | Email

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