Old Santee Canal State Historic Site

Charleston, South Carolina

4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars
2 Reviews
4 out of 5
A pleasant walk along the shores of Biggin Creek and the Old Santee Canal where you can enjoy steep limestone bluffs overlooking swamps and a blackwater stream. The trees in the park typify the swampland of the Coastal Plain. Giant baldcypress is the king, but it is attended by quite a court, including sweet gum, laurel oak, live oak, red maple, dogwood, and magnolia. The stars of the bird set are the ospreys perched high in their nests, but they have plenty of company, including red-winged blackbirds and red-shouldered hawks. Alligators lazily police the waterways, in the company of a variety of frogs and turtles, and white-tailed deer and wild turkeys roam the woodlands.

Old Santee Canal State Historic Site Professional Review and Guide

"A pleasant walk along the shores of Biggin Creek and the Old Santee Canal where you can enjoy steep limestone bluffs overlooking swamps and a blackwater stream. The trees in the park typify the swampland of the Coastal Plain.

Giant baldcypress is the king, but it is attended by quite a court, including sweet gum, laurel oak, live oak, red maple, dogwood, and magnolia. The stars of the bird set are the ospreys perched high in their nests, but they have plenty of company, including red-winged blackbirds and red-shouldered hawks. Alligators lazily police the waterways, in the company of a variety of frogs and turtles, and white-tailed deer and wild turkeys roam the woodlands."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Charleston
Distance: 2.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day hike
Season: Year-round.
Local Contacts: Old Santee Canal State Historic Site, 900 Stony Landing Road, Moncks Corner, SC 29461; (843) 899-5200
Local Maps: Old Santee Canal State Historic Site, 900 Stony Landing Road, Moncks Corner, SC 29461; (843) 899-5200
Driving Directions: Directions to Old Santee Canal State Historic Site

Recent Trail Reviews

7/5/2009
0

There is a good mix of trail types at the site, from boardwalks to narrows paths. There are even some hills in the park for anyone looking for an extra challenge. There is also a trail with fitness stations dotting the course, so you can stop and do some pull ups while you're at it. The flat, level Cooper river section of the trail offers a good opportunity for some jogging as well. However the best part of this park hands down is the wildlife you can see up close and personal while you hike. By taking advantage of the observation points, you are rewarded with the opportunity to view a lush lowcountry creek/swamp habitat and all the flora and fauna it has to offer. Alligators, turtles, & snakes are evident everywhere and the bird watching is first rate. All manner of lowcountry wading brids can be seen here as well as many species of birds of prey. I go back almost weekly between April and September to see the Osprey that have made a nest in one of the taller trees. Recently, I was rewarded by getting the chance to watch a pair take turns hunting fish. When they dive from the top of an enormous cypress tree to the creek below and snatch an unlucky fish out of the water you will be amazed at their speed and agility. Other items of interest are the canoe rentals if you want to see the swamp from the water level and a great boat landing for the Cooper River. Dogs are allowed and, depending on the time of day, it may even be deserted enough that you can get away with letting them off the leash once you are on the trail and away from the interpretive center. One word of caution; the sections of the trail that are comprised of boardwalks and stairs have a tendenancy to grow mold/mildew and at the slightest hint of moisture they are super slick. If you are not very sure on your feet you may want to stay away after a heavy rain. At the very least look for the lighter area on the planks where there is the least mold built up.


7/23/2008
0

Open Year Round: 9am - 5pm Admission $3 for Adults $2 for 65+ Free - 6 and under Nice park to with many trails to explore. When you are finished on the trails rent one of the canoes and see the park from a different perspective. Website: http://www.oldsanteecanalpark.org



Trail Photos

Nearby Trails

Activity Feed

May 2018