Santee State Park
251 State Park RD | Santee, SC 29142 | Phone: 803-854-2408 | Fax: 803-854-4834 | santeesp@scprt.com

Trails

Hiking/Biking Trail

Length: 7.5 mile loop
Type:Hiking and Mountain Biking Trail
Difficulty: Moderate due to length
Description: You can begin this biking or hiking trek at the trailhead on the right, just before the entrance to the camping area on State Park Road, or at the swimming area on Cleveland Road. This broad, mostly level, pine needle covered path passes through a mixed pine and hardwood forest draped with Spanish moss, but in several places, you will be able to glimpse the lake and its numerous cypress trees. You will see several offshoot paths that go into the woods toward the lake, but follow the blue blazes to stay on the main trail. On the inward part of the trail (away from the lake), you will bike/hike over stretches of boardwalk through a thick forest.

Limestone Nature Trail

Length: 1.0 mile loop
Type: Hiking Trail 
Difficulty: Easy
Description: Tucked away within Santee State Park, this easy, one-mile loop trail starts at a pavilion and guides you through a heavily wooded area near the swimming area. The thick forest cover and terrain of this scenic, twisting trail may make you feel like you're in the mountains. Follow the white blazes and take time to enjoy the wildflowers, buckeye, papaw, and wildlife including deer, rabbits, and snakes.

Oak Pinolly Trail 

Length: 1.0 mile loop
Type: Hiking Trail 
Difficulty: Easy
Description: Starting from behind picnic shelter one, this is an easy to walk and easy to follow yellow blazed loop trail of one mile. In a nice touch, however, it maintains a remote feel despite crossing directly through the park’s most heavily used area. Basically an out-and-back trail, the Oak Pinolly Nature Trail has a small loop at the far end that’s a great area to spot deer. One point midway through the trail brims with switchcanes, ostrich ferns, and wild azaleas.

Sinkhole Pond Trail

Length: 1 mile loop
Type: Hiking Trail
Difficulty: Easy 
Description: From the parking area, you will walk through a varied habitat, from a pine forest, to a swampy area, then to a near-desert area around the highlight of this trail, a limestone sinkhole pond. During dry periods you may not see a defined pond, but during wet periods you may see two ponds. You will find an interesting educational sign at the pond, which explains the formation of sinkholes in the area. There are deer trails and random footpaths, including a shortcut through thick brush back to the parking area, but stay on the main trail.