Oak Pinolly Nature Trail Professional Review and Guide
"Best known for its striped bass fishing, Santee State Park is one of the most popular state parks in South Carolina. The park offers 2500 acres of flooded wilderness that include miles of shoreline on Lake Marion and recreation trails for both hikers and mountain bikers. The lake was created in 1949 when 100,000 acres were flooded to provide electric power for the Southeast. This makes Santee State Park a birdwatchers’ paradise, with quail, brown thrasher, and Carolina wren among the numerous species of birds that reside here. There are three loop trails for hikers and their dogs to enjoy in Santee State Park. The Oak Pinolley Trail is a 1-mile loop in the northwestern corner of the park and is the most easily accessed of the trails at Santee State Park, since it starts very close to the visitor center. There is a small exhibit area in the visitor center showcasing some of the wildlife in the park."
--Steve Goodrich & Ashley Goodrich, Best Hikes with Dogs: Georgia & South Carolina (The Mountaineers Books).
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