# 23 Old Santee Canal Park — Rated: Family Easy, 3 Miles
Summary: This paddle trail is located entirely within the boundaries of the Old Santee Canal Park on Biggin Creek. It’s an excellent opportunity for beginner paddlers to enjoy a few hours of kayaking or canoeing. Rental canoes are available at the park for a modest fee. You’ll see cypress trees, swamp-like habitats, flowering aquatic plants, wading birds and maybe even a deer on the banks.
Difficulty: Family easy and highly recommended for all skill levels!
Distance: 3 miles, roundtrip, loop trail.
Time: 2 – 2.5 hours; however, take your time, take lots of family photos and enjoy this gem in the middle of Moncks Corner.
Crowds: Light to moderate. On the weekends, you’ll probably see a few other groups with rental canoes.
Boat Type: Any kayak or canoe, however, under 15-ft is best because the canal narrows quite a bit in places.
Put In / Take Out: 900 Stony Landing Road, Moncks Corner, SC 29461. 843-899-5200, oldsanteecanalpark.org. GPS: 33.194924, -79.971907 or 33°11’41.7”N, 79°58’18.9”W. Note: The GPS coordinates are for the actual boat ramp if bringing your own kayak/canoe. Driving across a grass field and through the woods on a narrow dirt road is required. It’s best to ask the front gate staff for directions.
Fees/Permits: $3 adults, $2 senior citizens, children under 6 FREE. (as of Fall 2018.)
Tidal Influence: None
Precautions: There could be low hanging branches and tight places to squeeze your boat after storms; however, the park staff is good at cleaning up this type of debris.
Water Level: Because of the park’s small dam, water level is almost never a concern. However, after heavy rains, flooding or large releases from the Tailrace Canal (Cooper River), this area could be higher. If you have any concerns about water level, contact the park at 843-899-5200.
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