# 3 - Sandy Beach 

 Rated: Easy 

 3.2 miles, round-trip, out-and-back hike 

 

 Have lunch on a beach overlooking north Lake 

 Moultrie. This hike is entirely contained within 

 the Department of Natural Resources' Sandy Beach 

 Waterfowl Management Area (WMA). You are 

 guaranteed to see large waterfowl (egrets, great 

 blue herons, ibis), maybe a few birds of prey (osprey, 

 bald eagles), and the occasional alligator. Bring your 

 camera on this easy trek to the best hidden beach on the lake!  

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 Allowed 

 certain times 

 CONTACT DNR 

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Difficulty:  Easy. 

Distance:  3.2 miles, round-trip.

Time: 3 hours.

Trail Surface:  Wide dirt/sand service roads and double track.

Crowds:  Very light.

Fees/Permits: None. Parts of the waterfowl management area are closed from November until February. There are signs indicating this. 

Precautions: Biting insects can be formidable in warmer months. Bring insect repellent. IMPORTANT: Sandy Beach has a large alligator population. There could be alligators sunning on some of the roads. Never approach an alligator. Usually they will quickly move away when they see humans. 

Trailhead & Parking: Sandy Beach Road, Pineville, SC 29468.

GPS Coordinates for Trailhead: 33.400852, -80.066027  or  33°24'03.1"N 80°03'57.7"W

Camping: Waterfront primitive camping is available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the end of the hike at the namesake "Sandy Beach." This area can easily accommodate 20 campers.

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

Santee Cooper 843-761-4068.

Weather on the Trail:  Click HERE

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  Sandy Beach PHOTO GALLERY