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- Mountain Bike
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- Trail Head
- Information Sign
- No Fee
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.
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.Directions:
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.
Santee State Park | 251 Santee State Park Road, Santee, SC 29142 | (803) 854-2408