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Join us Oct. 30, for our Halloween Event, S'mores & Awards! Click here for all the details.  We still have campsites available for the weekend.  Click here to reserve!


Campers, please be advised:  If you have a camping reservation, you do not need to check-in at the office.  You may go directly to your campsite.  Our park rangers or campground host will come by during patrols and check you in at that time.  Thanks for your assistance.


There is an electric vehicle charging station for use by visitors at the park.


To book your Fish Eagle Boat tour or inquire about canoe or kayak rentals, click here or call 803-974-1262.

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HOURS

6 a.m. - dark, daily, year-round

OFFICE

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

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ADMISSION

$3 adults; $1.50 SC seniors; $1 children age 6-15; age 5 & 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 allowed in cabins 11 and 12 and cabins 13-20 at Santee State Park. Pets are not allowed in any other 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

Santee State Park

Midlands

Trails

Click here to download the Santee State Park trail map.

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:  .75 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.

Hike the Limestone Nature Trail with Ranger Terry:

Oak Pinolly Trail 

Length:  .75 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:  .75 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.

White Trail 

Length:  .19 mile

Difficulty:  Easy 

Description:  The white trail is approximately 1.5 miles from the beginning of the trail head on the west side of park. 

Red Trail

Length:  .33 mile 

Difficulty:  Easy 

Description:  The red trail is 1.5 miles from the beginning of the trail head on the east side of the park. 

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