# 13 - Bicycle the Lake 
-Moultrie Passage 

-Palmetto Trail 

 Rated: Strenuous, if biking entire distance 

 27 miles, one-way 

 

 This passage of the Palmetto Trail follows the 

 scenic and popular Lake Moultrie, one of the 

 state's largest bodies of water. Lots of variety is 

 guaranteed to keep things interesting and scenic; 

 bottomland/swamp habitat, water impoundments, 

 forest-service roads, hardwood and pine forests, 
-and wildlife including herons, egrets, ibis, bald 

 eagles, fox squirrels and alligators. This is a 

 fantastic passage for bikepackers because it 

 offers some of the best sunrises and sunsets 

 in the South Carolina Low Country. 

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Palmetto Trail's Information on the Lake Moultrie Passage:  Click HERE

 

Difficulty:  Strenuous if biking the entire distance.

Distance:  27 miles, one-way, total passage length.

Time:  5 - 8 hours. Note: the distance may not seem long, however, there is nearly always strong winds

atop the water impoundments of Lake Moultrie, and there is soft sand and gravel to negotiate.

 

Trail Surface:  Sand, pine covered, raised boardwalks, planks, bridges and bottomland/wet sections.

Trail Marker:  Yellow and white blazes on trees, and good signage on the trail.

Bike Type:  From the northern trailhead to the Top of the Canal, a mountain/trail bike with minimum

of 2.0" knobby tires is recommended.

 

For the rest of the passage, which is mostly the water impoundments of Lake Moultrie, nearly any

bike type will work; road bikes (with tires over 28c), hybrid, trail/mountain bikes, "gravel" style bikes

and even kids' bikes.

Crowds:  Light.

Fees/Permits:  None.

Precautions:  Biting insects can be formidable in warmer months. Bring insect repellent. Many miles of

this passage traverses the long water impoundments of Lake Moultrie. There is little reprieve from the sun.

A wide brim hat and sunscreen and sunscreen are recommended.

Eadie Lane Trailhead:  Eadie Lane, Cross, SC 29436. GPS: 33.381806, -80.134250 or 33°22'54.5"N 80°08'03.3"W.

HWY-52 Trailhead:  N. US HWY-52, Bonneau, SC 29431. GPS: 33.278472, -79.962444 or 33°16'42.5"N 79°57'44.8"W.

Contacts:  South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Bonneau, SC Office 843-825-3387.

Santee Cooper 843-761-4068. Palmetto Trail 843-359-8775 or 803-771-0590.

Weather on the Trail:  Click HERE

 

Try Our Favorite Lake Moultrie Passage Day Bike Routes

                    Russellville Flats           Top of the Canal Ride           

 

Ultimate Gravel 20

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  Lake Moultrie Passage PHOTO GALLERY