Santee State Park offers cabins, camping, biking, hiking, boating and fishing in the heart of one of the nations best-known outdoors destinations Santee Cooper Country. The park sits along Lake Marion, one of the two lakes (the others Moultrie) that gave birth to Americas inland striped bass fishery. Together, the lakes cover more than 170,000 acres and now also are known for their abundant populations of huge catfish. The parks rondette cabins, including 10 on piers over the lake, have been hosting outdoorsmen and families for generations. A community meeting building, with its large, screened-in grilling facility, also attracts groups. Out in the lake across from the park is Lake Marions flooded cypress forest. Pontoon boat tours into the lakes swampy headwaters are based out of the parks marina/park store.

hiking
1 month ago

Starts out easy then turns into a wilderness trek with down trees, hard to spot markers and a barley visible path. It wouldn't hurt to bring a machete.

Did about 4 miles of the trail. Ranger told us (in May 2018) that the 7.5 mike loop was partially closed due to fallen trees following a storm. 4 mile stretch was easy walking, no elevation change. Limited water views, a few places required stepping over fallen trees, and blazes didn’t fully match map from visitors center. Our goal was to stay on the blue trail as long as possible but we seem to have done a cut-through onto the white trail (but never saw white blazes). Also saw a post for yellow, 1 mile, but we were nowhere near the yellow-blazed trail. Thankfully we were recording with this app so we were never lost.

walking
1 month ago

Short trail but nice walk

mountain biking
1 month ago

Wasn’t able to ride to many big roots had to walk a lot has 2 bridges on trail

mountain biking
1 month ago

Not very well maintained bridge close but we road across it anyway nice short ride

hiking
2 months ago

The primary description and map recording for this trail is inaccurate as of 04/12/18. I don't know if it's just outdated and maybe the trail has changed, but it's longer than .6 miles for starters. There is not a map at the trailhead either. I wasn't able to finish it at the time and had to backtrack when I noticed I was way off of the map and wasn't sure where it was going and time constraints. Other than that, it's a decent trail.

walking
8 months ago

Was not maintained, very easy to get lost. Not much water access unless your dog likes to wander.

walking
10 months ago

Easy to get lost as the trail is not maintained

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Just a nature trail bit a nice one. saw some deer.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

This trail is not open

walking
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

nice simple trail ideal for bringing your kids. one small bridge to cross and that's about it. not much of a scenic route but a nice near mile walk for exercise.

hiking
Saturday, December 03, 2016

The only trail open was the sinkhole pond trail. Nice short trail with lots of wild life and a few large sinkholes.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Nice walk in the woods. Wrong turn had us turn it into a figure 8 instead of a regular loop. Enjoyed it!

hiking
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Great easy trail...

hiking
Sunday, September 13, 2015

It is a nice easy walk through the woods. My old dog was able to manage ur very well!

hiking
Friday, June 19, 2015

This is a good starter trail or good for kids or elderly a few bridges on it in a little bit of wildlife

hiking
Saturday, July 19, 2014

Very pleasurable trail. beware of huge spiders

hiking
Thursday, January 09, 2014

Each year we drive down to visit with family in the Charleston area and also head down to Florida. This park is a favorite stop of ours to get out and spend a day taking a break and exploring the trails. The kids absolutely love the easy going trail. We enjoy playing "pinecone baseball" with the large pinecones along the nature trail and always wrap up by playing at the playground for a while.

hiking
Saturday, August 20, 2011

We took our bikes on this trail. The kids had to hope off bikes a couple times due to sharp turns and elevation changes. Geocache is also present on this trail.

walking
Monday, July 25, 2011

Nice loop around Santee State Park. We went from remote campground near the Scout Camp to the park hq, then back through the wooded area to the campground. Fairly level terrain, good footing all the way. Trail is well marked and easy to follow. Lost GPS signal from the HQ along the lake back to the CG so mileage is an estimate.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

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Monday, February 01, 2016

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

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