About the Lake Marion Passage

Sandhills



Difficulty

Length

33.6
Miles

Activities

Lake Marion Passage skirts along the high-water mark of the lake’s north side between Santee, SC, and Mill Creek County Park. Trail users are rewarded with magnificent vistas of the upper coastal plain and opportunities to spot abundant wildlife and colorful flora, especially in the spring rainy season. Between mile markers 5 and 6, a short side trip down Fort Watson Road leads to the site of ancient Santee Indian burial mounds (circa 3,500 years old). During the American Revolution, the British built Fort Watson on the mounds to improve visibility and protect supply lines between Charleston and Camden. Patriots under General Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox, and Lt. Col. Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee captured the fort in 1781. The site is in the Santee National Wildlife Refuge.

Yellow blazes
Orange blazes
No dogs, no night biking, no parking in Santee Wildlife Refuge, and no disturbing wildlife.

No trail fees, but camping fees vary.

Directions

Santee Town Hall Complex Trailhead: From Charleston or Columbia, take I-95 north to exit 98, turn left on SC Hwy 6 toward Santee. Turn left at Bass Drive (traffic light, US Hwy 15) and continue south one mile. Turn left at Brooks Blvd (Santee Fire Station on left). Continue to park at Santee Town Hall.

Pack’s Landing (map section 3): From Columbia or Sumter on US Hwy 378, turn south onto SC 261 and travel 12.5 miles, through Wedgefield, to Camp Mac Boykin Road (S-43-51). Take right fork drive 7.2 miles to Rimini. Turn right (west) onto Pack’s Landing Road (S-43-51) and drive 1.1 miles to parking on right.

Mill Creek County Park: From Columbia or Sumter on US Hwy 378, turn south onto SC 261 and travel 12.5 miles, through Wedgefield, to Camp Mac Boykin Road (S-43-51). Take right fork toward Rimini, drive 3 miles, and turn right on Millford Plantation Road (S-43-808). Travel 0.8 mile to Mill Creek County Park.



Camping

  • Arbuckle’s Landing is a commercial campground just off Scotts Lake Road on the north side the I-95 bridge, ph (803) 478-5269.
  • Jacks Creek Marina offers commercial tent camping sites overlooking the lake, ph (803) 478-2793.
  • Mill Creek County Park in Sumter County has tent and RV camping, ph (803) 436-2248


Notes

  • Trail users are advised to wear bright, visible colors during hunting seasons from mid-August to January.
  • Some trail sections may flood during the rainy season.


Additional Information

Manchester State Forest, 7640 Headquarters Rd, Wedgefield, SC 29168, ph (803) 494-8196

Mill Creek County Park, 7975 Millford Plantation Rd, Pinewood, SC 29125, ph (803) 436-2248

Santee Cooper Land Division, One Riverwood Dr, Moncks Corner, SC 29461, ph (843) 761-8000

Santee National Wildlife Refuge, 2125 Fort Watson Rd, Summerton, SC 29148, ph (803) 478-2217



Lake Marion Passage Share Owners

Bradford Village Shopping Center
Joan Carter
Dan Elvis
Spencer Elvis
Elizabeth Grace
Heinz Kaiser
John C. Land, III

Lori Mincey, In Memory of Jonathan Worley
Albert D. Scott
Sara Thorndike
Univ of Idaho Alternate Service Break 2014/15 Team