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TRAVEL ADVISORY

Attention campers:  Contractors are in the process of paving the road in the Cypress View Campground.  This project could take up to 30 days.  Camping will still be available, but please understand there may be noise and roads could be blocked for short periods of time.  We do apologize for the inconvenience.  For more information, please contact the park directly.

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HOURS

6 a.m. - 10 p.m., daily, year-round

OFFICE

8 a.m. - 5 p.m., daily (Hours may extend during peak season)

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ADMISSION

$2 adults; $1.25 SC seniors; age 15 & younger free.

All guests not staying overnight are required to pay admission. Visitors may pay admission at the park office, park store or any one of the three green iron ranger boxes located throughout the park.

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PETS

Pets are not allowed in the cabins or the cabin areas. Pets are allowed in most other outdoor areas provided they are kept under physical restraint or on a leash not longer than six feet. Owners will be asked to remove noisy or dangerous pets or pets that threaten or harass wildlife.

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Wifi Available

BY THE NUMBERS

2 campgrounds

1 Village Round that accommodates up to 75 people,  perfect for family reunions, meetings and more

158 standard campsites for RV or tent camping, 48 of which have 50 amp service

2 boat ramps that provide access to 110,000-acre Lake Marion, the largest lake in South Carolina

1 awesome park store with a wi-fi lounge so you can be online and experience nature all at once

10+ miles of trails for hiking and biking

6 picnic shelters available for picnics and group gatherings

30 modern cabins- 10 located on a pier over Lake Marion and 20 on the lakeshore

2500 acres in the heart of Santee Cooper Country

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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.