Eutaw Springs Passage
Trail Activities: t
- Mountain Bike
Trail Features: t
- Information Sign
- Trail Head
- Water Launch
- Point of Interest
- No Fee
This moderately difficult section of the Palmetto Trail connects the Lake Moultrie Passage at the Diversion Canal and the Eutaw Springs Passage at Eutawville. You will hike/ride over open grass covered fields, through dense hardwood forests, and on shady sand covered roads at times within sight of Lake Marion.
Eutaw Springs Passage pushes through a varied terrain of grassy pastures and shady dirt roads, past the site of the Revolutionary War Battle of Eutaw Springs, and through tiny downtown Eutawville. Close to Eutawville, the passage crosses the old pastures of a former dairy farm. A spur trail off Fredcon Road meanders through Santee-Cooper Wildlife Management Refuge and takes adventurers through lowlands to the southern edges of Lake Marion. The northern trailhead is at the Eutawville Community Building, close to downtown shops and friendly people. This moderately difficult section joins the Lake Moultrie Passage at the Diversion Canal.
*Refuge spur trail adds about 5 miles
White-tailed deer, wild turkey, and numerous bird species are abundant throughout this area.
Primitive backcountry camping is available on the dairy farm property off Battlefield Drive (no water). Tent sites and RV camping are available at Rocks Pond Campground, ph (803) 492-7711.
Santee-Cooper Wildlife Management Area is open March through September, and may be muddy or flooded at times. Watch for signs. Wear bright colors and reflectors for safety when traveling on country roads. Unleashed dogs live along the roads.Directions:
Eutawville Trailhead (western): Take I-95 to exit #98 and go east on SC 6 (away from Santee) for 10 miles. At intersection with SC 45, turn right onto Porcher Rd for 0.6 mile. Trailhead parking is on left at Community Building. Note name change from Porcher Rd to Eutaw Rd. If you reach the Y-intersection with the IGA Food Store in fork, backtrack 0.1 mile.
Eutaw Springs Battleground Trailhead (middle): Take I-95 to exit #98 and go east on SC 6 (away from Santee) for 12.4 miles to Eutaw Springs. The battlefield and parking are on the left just before Fredcon Rd (S-38-137).
Diversion Canal Trailhead (eastern): From I-26 exit 194, drive east on Jedburg Rd (S-8-16) to US 176. Cross 176 onto Cooper Store Rd. At 3.5 miles bear left and stay on Cooper Store Rd 9 miles to SC 6. Turn left and travel north 16.6 miles past Cross to SC 45. Turn right (east) toward St. Stephen. Travel 3 miles and turn right onto Eadie Lane (first dirt road after cross Diversion Canal). Follow Eadie Lane to the parking area along the canal. On foot or bike, travel back to SC 45, turn left and go 0.7 mile across the pedestrian walkway over the canal to Murphy Bay Rd. Turn left to continue on Eutaw Springs Passage.