Santee State Park is one of the most beautiful areas this great state has to offer. Sitting between Columbia and Charleston and about an hour's drive from each, get up close to nature with superb fishing and bird watching, or hiking a series of superb trails when you stay at Santee State Park hotels.
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Best Hiking Trails in Santee State Park
If you love a good hike, you will adore the varied trails available in Santee State Park, with cabins close to the best spots and many great opportunities for cycling as well.
1. Limestone Nature Trail
An ideal one-mile introduction to the area for wildlife and plant lovers. you will pass through beautiful woodlands that are home to many different types of trees and flower as well as deer, snakes and rabbits.
2. Sinkhole Pond Trail
Another one-mile trail that will take you through swampland, along a pine forest, and a sandy stretch of land. If you are looking to take great photos, you will find plenty of ideal opportunities when you rent Santee State Park cabins.
3. Oak Pinolly Trail
This trail is convenient, short and secluded, making it another favorite for all types of hikers. The trail is a mile long and starts at Picnic Shelter One. Start the day with an outdoor breakfast and then head into the woods for some peace and quiet.
4. Hiking/Biking Trail
This path is seven and a half miles long and is suitable for hiking or cycling. It is more challenging than some of the other trails and passes near the lake.
Best Family Activities in Santee State Park
There is plenty for families to do besides hiking in the park, and you will bond over a shared appreciation of these magnificent woodlands.
There are plenty of great spots to find treasures via the help of the geocaching app and this adds an interactive element to hikes or just exploring the park. Santee State Park is a great destination in which to get to grips with the hobby.
2. Tennis and Playgrounds
There is a tennis court for you to practice your serve on, or take the kids to the playground if they have still got to blow off some steam after a hike. You will find the facilities near the Park Visitor Center, where you can also get local tips and info.
At Lake Marion you can rent a boat and see the park from a new angle. This is ideal for mixing up days spent walking or cycling.
Lake Marion is also ideal for fishing. Catch bream, catfish and bigmouth bass. The fishing pier is wheelchair accessible and you can appreciate the serene ambience of the state's largest lake.
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