Palmetto Trail: Lake Marion Passage

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Palmetto Trail: Lake Marion Passage is a 34 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Santee, SC that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

34.0 miles 823 feet Point to Point

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

scenic driving

beach

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

over grown

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. Between mile markers 5 and 6, a short side trip down Fort Watson Road leads to the site of ancient Santee Indian burial mounds (circa 3,500 years old). During the American Revolution, the British built Fort Watson on the mounds to improve visibility and protect supply lines between Charleston and Camden. Patriots under General Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox, and Lt. Col. Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee captured the fort in 1781. The site is in the Santee National Wildlife Refuge.

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