Lake Marion Passage

Palmetto Trail

Trail Activities: t

  • Hike
  • Mountain Bike


33.6 miles




Mostly Shoreline

Difficulty: Moderate

Trail Features: t

  • Camping
  • Trail Head
  • Restrooms
  • Parking
  • Point of Interest
  • Visitor Center
  • Water Launch
  • No Pets
  • No Fee
  • Camping


Lake Marion Passage skirts along the high-water mark of the lake’s north side between Santee, SC, and Mill Creek County Park. Trail users are rewarded with magnificent vistas of the upper coastal plain and opportunities to spot abundant wildlife and colorful flora, especially in the spring rainy season.

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You can start your hike/ride from Santee or Mill Creek County Park (High Hills Passage connector) and do the full 33.6 miles, or shorten it by starting at one of the alternate points, such as Pack’s Landing in Rimini (see the map). Depending on which way you hike/ride, the trail is blazed yellow or orange. The span between Mill Creek County Park and Sparkleberry Landing is blazed orange and the remainder is yellow. For most of your hike/ride you will follow the shoreline of Lake Marion and enjoy some beautiful vistas, and at Santee you will cross the lake on an old highway bridge. Since the trail is so close to the lake, be aware that some sections may be flooded during the wet season. You may encounter a variety of wildlife, so be aware of snakes and possibly some large alligators.

Camping: Camping is allowed at various boat landings along the trail. Arbuckle’s Landing is a commercial campground just off Scotts Lake Road on the north side the I-95 bridge, (803) 478-5269. Jacks Creek Marina offers commercial tent camping sites overlooking the lake, (803) 478-2793. Mill Creek County Park in Sumter County has tent and RV camping, (803) 436-2248.

Trail users are advised to wear bright, visible colors during hunting seasons from mid-August to January. Some trail sections may flood during the rainy season.



Santee Town Hall Complex Trailhead: From Charleston or Columbia, take I-95 north to exit 98, turn left on SC Hwy 6 toward Santee. Turn left at Bass Drive (traffic light, US Hwy 15) and continue south one mile. Turn left at Brooks Blvd (Santee Fire Station on left). Continue to park at Santee Town Hall.

Pack’s Landing (map section 3): From Columbia or Sumter on US Hwy 378, turn south onto SC 261 and travel 12.5 miles, through Wedgefield, to Camp Mac Boykin Road (S-43-51). Take right fork drive 7.2 miles to Rimini. Turn right (west) onto Pack’s Landing Road (S-43-51) and drive 1.1 miles to parking on right.

Mill Creek County Park: From Columbia or Sumter on US Hwy 378, turn south onto SC 261 and travel 12.5 miles, through Wedgefield, to Camp Mac Boykin Road (S-43-51). Take right fork toward Rimini, drive 3 miles, and turn right on Millford Plantation Road (S-43-808). Travel 0.8 mile to Mill Creek County Park.

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Palmetto Conservation Foundation | 722 King Street, Columbia, SC 29205 | (803) 771-0870 | Email

Manchester State Forest | 7640 Headquarters Road, Wedgefield, SC 29168 | (803) 494-8196

Mill Creek County Park | 7975 Millford Plantation Road, Pinewood, SC 29125 | (803) 436-2248

Santee Cooper Land Division | One Riverwood Drive, Moncks Corner, SC 29461 | (843) 761-8000

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

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Lat: 33.62249194068055
Long: -80.48734845507812