Lake Moultrie Passage

Charleston, South Carolina

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This long trail incorporates Santee-Cooper’s dike system to provide a flat ride around the northern half of Lake Moultrie. You will be rewarded with views across the lake when you reach the top of East Pinopolis Dike, the most scenic portion of the ride. The primitive campsites along this passage make it possible to plan an overnight trip. Two-thirds of the way into the ride, you’ll pass the entrance to the Sandy Beach area. Explore an additional 6.2 miles of trail here. An eagle’s nest, lake vistas, and a primitive campsite on the water are among the highlights. Closed from March 2 to November 15, the Sandy Beach area is managed as a quality habitat for waterfowl. When the dike ends, you will ride on a short railroad trestle across the historic Santee Canal, then you’ll encounter an unexpected mile of fun singletrack and an unusual section with boardwalks and a steep arched bridge across Quattlebaum Canal. Tread: 18.3 miles on dike, 5.1 miles on an old roadbed, 2.8 miles on pavement, and 0.7 mile on singletrack rates 'moderate.'
Mountain Biking South Carolina

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Mountain Biking South Carolina

by Nicole Blouin (Falcon Guides)

This long trail incorporates Santee-Cooper’s dike system to provide a flat ride around the northern half of Lake Moultrie. You will be rewarded with views across the lake when you reach the top of East Pinopolis Dike, the most scenic portion of the ride. The primitive campsites along this passage make it possible to plan an overnight trip. Two-thirds of the way into the ride, you’ll pass the entrance to the Sandy Beach area. Explore an additional 6.2 miles of trail here.

An eagle’s nest, lake vistas, and a primitive campsite on the water are among the highlights. Closed from March 2 to November 15, the Sandy Beach area is managed as a quality habitat for waterfowl. When the dike ends, you will ride on a short railroad trestle across the historic Santee Canal, then you’ll encounter an unexpected mile of fun singletrack and an unusual section with boardwalks and a steep arched bridge across Quattlebaum Canal. Tread: 18.3 miles on dike, 5.1 miles on an old roadbed, 2.8 miles on pavement, and 0.7 mile on singletrack rates 'moderate.'

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Charleston
Distance: 60
Trail Type: Shuttle
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Easy
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Santee Cooper Land Division, (843) 761-8000.
Local Maps: USGS Chicora, Pineville, St. Stephen, Bonneau; a map is available from Palmetto Trails or at the trailhead.
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake Moultrie Passage

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May 2018