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Santee Bike/Hike Trail Professional Review and Guide
"The Santee Bike/Hike Trail is one of three loop trails located in Santee State Park. This blue-blazed 7.5-mile route is shared between hikers and mountain bikers, although the wide and well-worn path allows plenty of room for both groups. The Santee Bike/Hike Trail has spectacular views of Lake Marion to the east, and is relatively flat which makes it fairly easy despite being the longest trail in the park."
--Steve Goodrich & Ashley Goodrich, Best Hikes with Dogs: Georgia & South Carolina (The Mountaineers Books).
This trail is a premium South Carolina Low Country hiking trail. It is also one of my favorite Low Country hikes. I like to spend a whole day on the 7.5 mile loop, and I'll often go off-trail and sit on a driftwood beach for long periods of time. This is a great thing to do in the warmer months because Lake Marion always seems to push a nice breeze shoreward. That will keep you cool and keep the mosquitoes away too.
Mountain biking is more popular than hiking on this trail, but I like to hike it (slowly) because there is a good concentration of whitetail deer in the area, and I have seen them on every visit.
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