Top Adventures in Santee

  • Hike Santee National Wildlife Refuge

    From Columbia SC, take I-26 South towards Orangeburg. Stay on this road for 31.5 miles and then take exit 136 to merge onto SC-6 E towards St. Matthews. Continue about 34 miles until you enter the town of Santee. Turn left onto I-95 Northbound and...

    1.25 miles 0 ft gain

  • Bike the Marsh at Santee National Wildlife Refuge - Bluff Unit

    From Columbia SC, take I-26 South towards Orangeburg. Stay on this road for 31.5 miles and then take exit 136 to merge onto SC-6 E towards St. Matthews. Continue about 34 miles until you enter the town of Santee. Turn left onto I-95 Northbound and...

    5 miles 0 ft gain

  • Paddle Poplar Creek on Lake Marion

    Come to the low country of South Carolina to live slow, enjoy some rich culture and history, quench your thirst for a great paddling adventure, and view incredible wildlife in the process.  From Columbia SC, take I-26 South towards Orangeburg. Sta...

    2.25 miles 0 ft gain

  • Hike through Santee State Park

    From Columbia SC, take I-26 South towards Orangeburg. Stay on this road for 31.5 miles and then take exit 136 to merge onto SC-6 E towards St. Matthews. Continue 28.3 miles along this road until you enter the small town of Elloree. Here you will t...

    10 miles 0 ft gain

  • Explore the Francis-Beidler Forest

    Hike or row through this old growth swamp forest – there is an easy boardwalk trail, as well as opportunities for canoe and kayaking guided tours. You can also learn a lot about the habitat at the visitor center. Photo Credit: Diann Payne

    1.75 miles

  • Kayak Cedar Creek at Congaree NP

    This river has several points throughout the park where you can launch your kayaks and canoes. The river is marked with mile markers along the way so you can count down to the next launch point. This river is actually so slow moving that you can k...

  • Stroll the Boardwalk Loop at Congaree National Park

    The Boardwalk Loop begins at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center where you can get a Self-guided Boardwalk Tour brochure. There aren't any water refilling stations along this trail, so be sure to fill up your water bottles before you descend down an ...

    2.4 miles

  • Walk the Boardwalk Loop in Congaree National Park

    The boardwalk trail is an easy 2.4 mile walk through a small portion of Congaree National Park. However, it is an excellent introduction to the park as it takes you deep into the swampy and cypress forest. The flat surface is accessible and provid...

    2.5 miles

  • Hike the River Trail at Congaree National Park

    Start your adventure at the parking lot for Congaree National Park and make your way to the Harry Hampton Visitor Center. There you can find clean bathrooms, drinking fountains, a gift shop, and trail guides. When you're ready to begin your hike, ...

    10 miles

  • Hike the Weston Lake Trail, Congaree NP

    If you're looking for a longer hike in Congaree National Park than just the Boardwalk Loop, try adding another 2.0 miles to the Boardwalk Loop by hiking the Weston Lake Trail.   From the visitor's center, take the Boardwalk Trail and stay straight...

    4.5 miles 0 ft gain

  • Hike the Nature Trail at Woods Bay State Park

    Carolina Bays go by different names. In the Mid Atlantic they're known as Maryland Basins or Delmarva Bays. Sometimes they're generically referred to as pocosins, an Algonquin word for "swamp on a hill." But these elliptical depressions don't alwa...

    1 miles

  • Backpack the Swamp Fox Passage from Witherby to Rt. 17

    The Swamp Fox Passage is a portion of the larger Palmetto Trail, which travels from the Western mountains of South Carolina, Eastward to the Atlantic Ocean. This adventure hikes along a 29 mile section of the Swamp Fox through the Francis Marion ...

    29 miles

  • Nearby camping, hotels, and more

    • Summerton, South Carolina

      Santee / Santee Lakes KOA

    • 100 National Park Road

      Congaree National Park Camping

      Overview Longleaf and Bluff campgrounds are located above the floodplain in the upland region of Congaree National Park. Many of the park trails can be accessed from the campgrounds.Recreation Con...

    • Ladson, South Carolina

      Charleston KOA

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