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This 26.7-mile segment of the Palmetto Trail meanders along the shores of Lake Moultrie, a 60,000-acre lake in Berkeley County. The Lake Moultrie Passage offers spectacular views of the water and a number of scenic overlooks. The trail's surface is a mixture of gravel, crushed stone, sand, grass, dirt, and boardwalk. After heavy rainfall, the natural-surface portions of the trail can be quite muddy. The route is well-marked by yellow blazes on trees and trail signage.
Winding around the northern and eastern edges of the lake, the trail makes use of Santee-Cooper’s service roads on the lake’s earthen levees. The northwest trailhead is on Eadie Lane by the historic Santee-Cooper diversion canal in the community of Cross. The route heads east along the north-shore dike system through a forest populated by hardwoods and pines. Curving around Bulltown Bay, the terrain becomes more swamp-like and offers a plenty of interesting flora and fauna to observe. The trail passes through Bonneau Beach and continues onto the Pinopolis East Dike, which is a perfect spot for enjoying the sunset. After a short stretch through a pine forest, the trail comes its southeastern trailhead on Highway 52 and connects to the Swamp Fox Passage section of the Palmetto Trail.
The trail is particularly popular with mountain bikers, backpackers, and birdwatchers. Dogs are welcome and are allowed to be off leash in certain areas—pay attention to the signs. There are several camping sites, but be sure to pack enough water as the hand pump wells have been removed. For more information regarding camping options, visit the Lake Moultrie Passage page on the Palmetto Conservation's website.
Parking is available at the northwest trailhead on Eadie Lane, off Russell Store Road by the Rediverson Canal, at Bonneau Beach, and at Canal Recreation Area (southeast trailhead).
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