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 # 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



 on leash 



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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.

Stroller Friendly:  No. 

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

So Much History Nearby: Did you know Berkeley County has more than 110 historical markers and historical points of interest? CLICK HERE to find your Adventures in History!

Weather on the Trail:  Click HERE

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  Santee Canal PHOTO GALLERY  

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