Santee National Wildlife Refuge boasts more than 20 trails.

Celebrate National Trails Day in Santee, South Carolina

National Trails Day, on Saturday, June 3, celebrates trails across the U.S. by encouraging people to visit, hike or clean up a local trail. Below are some trails to enjoy in Santee for this year’s holiday.

Santee State Park Trails

Santee State Park is open from 6 a.m. to dark all year round. Guests not staying overnight in the park are required to pay admission fees to use the trails located within the park. Visitors can pay admission at the park office, store or any of the green iron ranger boxes that are located throughout the park. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. All trails are considered to be easy to moderate in difficulty and skill level.

Admission Fees
  • $3 for adults
  • $1.50 for South Carolina seniors
  • $1 for children ages 6 to 15
  • Free for children ages 5 and younger
  • Hiking/Biking Trail
  • Limestone Nature Trail
  • Oak Pinolly Trail
  • Sinkhole Pond Trail
  • White Trail
  • Red Trail

To view the trail map, visit Santee State Park’s website.

Santee National Wildlife Refuge Trails

Santee National Wildlife Refuge protects over 15,000 acres of land in four units (Bluff, Cuddo, Dingle Pond and Pine Island) on the 110,600-acre Lake Marion reservoir. The refuge contains 23 miles of hiking and biking trails in all four units and is considered easy to moderate difficulty. The refuge is open daily from sunrise to sunset at Dingle Pond and Pine Island units. The Bluff and Cuddo units are open March 1 to Sept. 30 from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Oct. 1 to Feb. 28. The Cuddo unit is closed on Mondays. Some hiking and biking trails are closed for the waterfowl sanctuary period (Nov. 1 to March 1) and all trails are closed during deer hunting season.

  • Potato Creek Trail
  • Pine Island Loop Trail
  • Wright’s Bluff Trail
  • Pump Pond Trail
  • Dingle Pond Trail
  • Savannah Spur Trail
  • Dove Fields Trail
  • Shulers Trail
  • Palmetto Trail
  • Taw Creek Trail
  • Round Island Trail
  • Timber Island Loop Trail
  • Back Gate Trail
  • Black Bottom Pond Trail
  • Black Bottom Trail
  • Central Field Trail
  • Cuddo Loop Access Trail
  • Cuddo Loop Trail
  • DU Trail
  • Gator Pond Trail
  • Hundred Acre Island Trail
  • Pine Island Center Trail
  • Pine Island Entrance Trail
  • Pump Pond Trail

To learn more, visit the Santee National Wildlife Refuge’s website.

Santee Passage — Palmetto Trail

The Palmetto Trail is South Carolina’s longest pedestrian and bicycle trail with 380 miles completed. The trail is projected to have 500 continuous miles once finished. Part of this trail is the Santee Passage which consists of 13.9 miles of hiking and biking trails and is considered easy difficulty.

Visit the Santee Tourism explore page to learn more.

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