About the Eutaw Springs Passage

Sandhills



Difficulty

Easy if done in sections as day hikes; moderate if through hiking.

Length

20.4
Miles

Activities

Eutaw Springs Passage pushes through a varied terrain of grassy pastures and shady dirt roads, past the site of the Revolutionary War Battle of Eutaw Springs, and through tiny downtown Eutawville. Close to Eutawville, the passage crosses the old pastures of a former dairy farm. A spur trail off Fredcon Road meanders through Santee-Cooper Wildlife Management Refuge and takes adventurers through lowlands to the southern edges of Lake Marion. The northern trailhead is at the Eutawville Community Building, close to downtown shops and friendly people.

*Refuge spur trail adds about 5 miles

Yellow blazes
Signs
No motorized vehicles; no equestrians

Directions

Eutawville Trailhead (western): Take I-95 to exit #98 and go east on SC 6 (away from Santee) for 10 miles. At intersection with SC 45, turn right onto Porcher Rd for 0.6 mile. Trailhead parking is on left at Community Building. Note name change from Porcher Rd to Eutaw Rd. If you reach the Y-intersection with the IGA Food Store in fork, backtrack 0.1 mile.

Eutaw Springs Battleground Trailhead (middle): Take I-95 to exit #98 and go east on SC 6 (away from Santee) for 12.4 miles to Eutaw Springs. The battlefield and parking are on the left just before Fredcon Rd (S-38-137).

Diversion Canal Trailhead (eastern): From I-26 exit 194, drive east on Jedburg Rd (S-8-16) to US 176. Cross 176 onto Cooper Store Rd. At 3.5 miles bear left and stay on Cooper Store Rd 9 miles to SC 6. Turn left and travel north 16.6 miles past Cross to SC 45. Turn right (east) toward St. Stephen. Travel 3 miles and turn right onto Eadie Lane (first dirt road after cross Diversion Canal). Follow Eadie Lane to the parking area along the canal. On foot or bike, travel back to SC 45, turn left and go 0.7 mile across the pedestrian walkway over the canal to Murphy Bay Rd. Turn left to continue on Eutaw Springs Passage.



Camping

Primitive backcountry camping is available on the dairy farm property off Battlefield Drive (no water). Tent sites and RV camping are available at Rocks Pond Campground, ph (803) 492-7711.



Notes

  • Santee-Cooper Wildlife Management Area is open March through September, and may be muddy or flooded at times. Watch for signs.
  • Wear bright colors and reflectors for safety when traveling on country roads.
  • Unleashed dogs live along the roads.


Additional Information

  • Hiker-recommended for supplies and phone recharge—Cross Food Mart, 1883 Old Hwy 6, Cross, SC 29436, ph (843) 749-0739
  • Great local fare and staff favorite (including ’gator and shrimp)—Becca’s Soul Food, Eutawville, SC, ph (803) 492-9526


Eutaw Springs Passage Share Owners

Woody Binnicker

South Carolina Society Children of the American Revolution