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Construction of the Santee Canal began in 1793 after the American Revolution, and by 1800 the canal began its life as a shipping corridor for the region's crops to points beyond. Though much of the Santee Canal is beneath Lake Moultrie, some portions are still visible where boats used to enter from the Santee River to join the headway of the Cooper River at Biggin Creek. Old Santee Canal Park lies where the southernmost section of the canal enters Biggin Creek.
The park is characterized with swamps, wetlands and high bluffs. The park's lovely walking trails wind along the Cooper River and Biggin Creek, forming around two miles of unpaved pathways through the park grounds and along the historical canal route.
While visiting the park, you can tour the old plantation house, which was built around 1843. Also, stop by the Berkeley County Museum and Heritage Center, which features exhibits about the region's history. The park is open year-round from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and there is a small admission fee.
To access the park from Charleston and points south: Take I-26 west to Exit 209A (Goose Creek/Moncks Corner)/Hwy 52. Continue on Hwy 52 though North Charleston and Goose Creek. At Moncks Corner head straight through the traffic light at the Berkeley County Administration Building on Rembert C. Dennis Blvd. Turn right at the 2nd traffic signal onto Stony Landing Road. The park is at the end of the road past Berkeley Intermediate School and Roper Berkeley Hospital.
To access the park from Columbia and points north: Take I-26 east to Exit 199 (Summerville/Moncks Corner)/Hwy 17 and head toward Moncks Corner. In Moncks Corner, Hwy 17 intersects Hwy 6 (Main Street); turn right onto Main Street and go through town until it intersects Rembert C. Dennis Blvd. Turn left and go to the next traffic light (Stony Landing Road) and turn right. The park is at the end of the road past Berkeley Intermediate School and Roper Berkeley Hospital.
Beautiful trees and view of the river. Not to hard.
Good trails with kids. Lots of platforms through marshy and muddy spots. Clean facilities at Integration Center. Playground for kids and lots of picnic tables. Bring your bug spray! With all the rain SC has seen this fall, they were out in full force!
the outer loop including the alternative trail is almost exactly 2 miles long. the alternative trail has some very good uphill grades to maneuver with a lot of Cyprus knees to navigate around which could twist your ankle if you are not careful. the one mile river part of the trail is very scenic and pretty much a nice level grade. The river part goes from bridge to trail quite often and on rainy days the bridges can get slippery. Overall I enjoy the trails here.
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