# 6 - St. Stephen Flats
8.4 miles, round-trip, out-and-back ride
Ride atop a flat and fast, well-maintained
water impoundment with gorgeous views of
east Lake Moultrie. This adventure has
miles blooming aquatic plants in the warmer
months, a guarantee to see large birds
(egrets, herons, osprey and bald eagle are
-common sights!), and impressive panoramic
views of the lake. Bonus: at the end / turn-
around point, there are restrooms and
shaded areas with picnic tables! This ride
-is 4 miles of the Palmetto Trail's scenic
-Lake Moultrie Passage.
Click Here for a Downloadable St. Stephen Flats Biking Guide
Difficulty: Moderate, but only due to distance.
Distance: 8.4 miles, round-trip, out-and-back hike.
Time: 3 - 4 hours.
Surface: Service road; small gravel, dirt.
Trail Marker: Signs on vertical posts for the Palmetto Trail. This trail is very easy to follow.
Trail Map (by Palmetto Trail): Click HERE (this route follows markers 9 to the boat ramp shown past 12).
Bike Type: 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; however, this route is popular with the locals. You'll probably see others.
Restrooms: Yes. Located at the end/turn-around point of the ride at the Amos Lee Gourdine Boat Ramp.
Precautions: There is no protection from the sun on the dike. A wide brim hat and sunscreen are recommended.
Biting insects can be formidable in warmer months. Bring insect repellent.
Dike Rd. Trailhead / Beginning of Ride: Dike Rd., Bonneau, SC 29431. GPS: 33.353176, -79.971053 or
33°21'11.4"N 79°58'15.8"W. Google Maps recognizes "Dike Road Boat Ramp & Campground."
End of Ride / Turn-Around Point: Amos Lee Gourdine Boat Ramp, Russel Store Rd., St. Stephen, SC 29479.
GPS: 33.401999, -79.992471 or 33°24'07.2"N 79°59'32.9"W. Google Maps recognizes "Amos Lee Gourdine Boat Ramp Lake Moultrie."
Contacts: Santee Cooper 843-761-4068. Palmetto Trail 843-359-8775 or 803-771-0590.
Weather on the Trail: Click HERE