# 12 - Santee Canal
(Moultrie / Palmetto Trail)
Rated: Easy or Moderate
3.0 or 7.1 miles, round-trip, out-and-back hike
Hike to one of the earliest canals built in the
United States. The Santee Canal dates to the
1790s. This delightful hike takes you through a
variety of habitats and trail types. You'll walk on
wide forest service roads, visit beautiful bottomland
floodplains, and cross many interesting raised
boardwalks. You're even likely to see great blue
herons, egrets and deer if you're quiet. This trek
is part of The Palmetto Trail's Lake Moultrie Passage.
Difficulty: Easy or Moderate (only due to distance).
Distance: 3.0 or 7.1 miles, round-trip, out-and-back hike.
Time: 1.5 - 3.5 hours.
Trail Surface: Dirt, gravel, forest service roads, raised boardwalks and bridges.
Trail Marker: Yellow blazes on trees, and good signage on the trail.
Trail Map (by Palmetto Trail): Click HERE (this route follows markers 24.5/Viper Rd. to 21).
Crowds: Very light. You're almost guaranteed to be alone. You may see others on the weekend.
Fees/Permits: $4.00 parking fee only if parking at Springwood Drive (see below).
Precautions: Biting insects can be formidable in the warmer months. You may have to walk through shin-to-knee deep grass - ticks abound! Bring insect repellent. VERY IMPORTANT: If there is a train at the crossing, walk around it on the gravel. Never attempt to pass through in between the train cars. The train can start moving at any time without warning.
Trailhead & Parking:
7.1 mile hike option:
Park off Viper Rd., Pineville, SC.
GPS: 33.387071, -80.113609 or 33°23'13.5"N 80°06'49.0"W
3.0 mile hike option:
Park at end of Springwood Drive, Pineville, SC, at private boat launch.
$4.00 parking fee, as of Summer 2021.
GPS: 33.403931, -80.093653 or 33°24'14.2"N 80°05'37.2"W
Contacts: Palmetto Trail 843-359-8775 or 803-771-0590, Cross Generating Station 843-351-4586
Weather on the Trail: Click HERE