Santee Passage

Palmetto Trail

Trail Activities: t

  • Hike
  • Mountain Bike


13.90 miles





Difficulty: Easy

Trail Features: t

  • Camping
  • Parking
  • Trail Head
  • Restrooms
  • Information Sign
  • Pets
  • No Fee
  • Camping


Lots of dirt roads and time on rural highways make Santee Passage a pleasant trip for mountain bikers. The passage winds through farmlands in eastern Orangeburg County, and the view is a tapestry of color and texture from cotton, wheat, soybeans, and canola. Produce stands offer seasonal delights, including fresh-picked strawberries, blueberries, and peaches.

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This fairly easy section of the Palmetto Trail connects with Lake Marion Passage in Santee and the Eutaw Springs Passage in Eutawville. About midway, the town of Vance provides an opportunity to stop and get water or something to eat. Your hike/ride will be mainly over farming land, on “farm-to-market” roads, and through forested areas with pines and some very large oak trees. During the growing season you may see, cotton, wheat, soybeans, and canola growing in the fields and roadside stands that offer fresh strawberries, peaches, and blueberries. Be sure to bring water and insect repellant during the warm months.

Camping: No camping on the trail, but sites are available at Santee State Park.

Reminder to respect private property.

REROUTE INFORMATION: On Hwy 210 take a right on Avenger Drive where Macon Rd and Avenger Drive intersect Hwy 210. Stay on Avinger Drive and take a right on Ltd Rd. Ltd Rd will go left or right you will continue on the right turn and follow Ltd Rd. out to the new Five Chop Rd.  Cross over Five Chop Rd and walk down the shoulder of Five Chop, crossing over I95. Take a right on Bonner Avenue then right on Hannah Drive. Then, take a left into the back of Santee Town Hall Complex and walk to the Cultural Art and Visitors Center.

Santee Town Hall Complex Trailhead (western): 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.

Eutawville Trailhead (eastern): From Y-intersection of SC 45 and SC 453 (IGA Food Store in fork), continue on SC 45 toward Eutawville. Trailhead parking is 0.1 mile on right at Community Building.

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

Santee State Park | 251 Santee State Park Road, Santee, SC 29142 | (803) 854-2408

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Lat: 33.43527383919095
Long: -80.41404630849206