NEW for August 2020 — Cross Coves Trail — Rated: Moderate/Strenuous, 9 – 11 miles

  This is the Berkeley Blueway’s 25th exciting Family Adventure! ** . Click Here for Downloadable Cross Coves Trail Guide Click Here for COMPLETE Downloadable Berkeley Blueways Guidebook . Summary: The Cross Coves Blueway kayak trail is located on west Lake Moultrie between two popular boat ramps. It consists of miles of beautiful and interesting coves. There are numerous rookeries of Egrets, Great Blue Herons, Anhingas, Cormorants and Bald Eagles. You are… Read More

# 1 Santee Canal: N. Lake Moultrie Trail — Rated: Moderate, 6.4 Miles

Click Here for Downloadable Santee Canal Trail Guide Click Here for COMPLETE Downloadable Berkeley Blueways Guidebook Summary:  With its inception in 1796, the Santee Canal offers a lot for the keen history buff. One of the engineers was none other than General George Washington! The original canal was 22 miles in length, but after Lake Moultrie was formed, there remains a beautiful 2.5-mile section of the canal. Difficulty:  Moderate, due to crossing open water Distance:  6.4… Read More

# 2 Sandy Beach: N. Lake Moultrie Trail — Rated: Moderate, 5.2 Miles

Click Here for Downloadable Sandy Beach Trail Guide Click Here for COMPLETE Downloadable Berkeley Blueways Guidebook Summary:  The 600-acre Sandy Beach Waterfowl Refuge includes part of North Lake Moultrie. It is a protected waterfowl management area with a nice beach for primitive camping. This entire area is beautiful with tupelos, flowing aquatic plants and you’re almost guaranteed to see a few large birds of prey. There are hiking trails open from March 1 until… Read More

# 3 Russellville Flats: N. Lake Moultrie Trail — Rated: Moderate, 6-7 Miles

Click Here for Downloadable Russellville Flats Trail Guide Click Here for COMPLETE Downloadable Berkeley Blueways Guidebook Summary:  Located between Sandy Beach and the Amos Lee Gourdine boat ramp, the Russellville Flats area offers some of the most picturesque flora of Lake Moultrie. There are several islands, two swamps, numerous shallow bays and a way ditch to the black water canal that parallels the dike system. For the angler, this area offers some of the… Read More

# 4 The Jungle: E. Lake Moultrie Trail — Rated: Moderate, 4-6 Miles

Click Here for Downloadable The Jungle Trail Guide Click Here for COMPLETE Downloadable Berkeley Blueways Guidebook Summary:  The Jungle is an enclosed tupelo swamp with an appearance like the famed Okefenokee Swamp of south Georgia, but on a much smaller scale. The waters are heavily grown with water lilies, lotus plants and various grasses. There are many options for exploration on this paddle. Difficulty:  Moderate. The lilies/vegetation can be overgrown and tough to push through,… Read More

# 6 Coon Island: E. Lake Moultrie Trail — Rated: Easy to Moderate, 7 Miles

Click Here for Downloadable Coon Island Trail Guide Click Here for COMPLETE Downloadable Berkeley Blueways Guidebook Summary:  Coon Island is known as one of the best places for primitive camping on Lake Moultrie (locals may also call this “Coon Hill Island”). There is a beautiful beach with high ground on its south side. Camping is permitted on a first come, first serve basis, and the area is large enough to support many campers. Difficulty: … Read More

# 7 The Hatchery: W. Lake Moultrie — Rated: Easy to Moderate, 3+ Miles

Click Here for Downloadable The Hatchery Trail Guide Click Here for COMPLETE Downloadable Berkeley Blueways Guidebook Summary:  The Hatchery, or sometimes called “Pinopolis Pool” by locals, is a 2,200+ acre Department of Natural Resources protected Waterfowl Management Area. It’s somewhat contained by a series of old dikes and many small islands. This paddle offers anything from a couple hours of enjoyment to an all-day adventure – there’s lots to see! Wildlife includes wading birds,… Read More

# 13 Santee River 4: Jamestown to McConnell’s Landing — Rated: Moderate, 11 Miles

Click Here for Downloadable Santee River # 4 Trail Guide Click Here for COMPLETE Downloadable Berkeley Blueways Guidebook Summary:  This is a pretty section of the Santee River. It ranges from 50 yards in width to a little over 100 yards. It is bordered by uninhabited high bluffs and cypress swamps. Much of it is bordered on the right side by the Francis Marion National Forest, and you’ll have the opportunity to visit the… Read More

# 15 Lower Wadboo Creek — Rated: Moderate, 3-4+ Miles

Click Here for Downloadable Lower Wadboo Creek Trail Guide Click Here for COMPLETE Downloadable Berkeley Blueways Guidebook Summary:  On the map, this looks like a wide, winding creek that leads to the Tailrace Canal, but it’s so much more than that! The Lower Wadboo Creek includes beautiful flora, inlets and tributaries that include swamp-like habitats and a chance to see birds of prey. Don’t underestimate the tidal influence, it can test the strongest paddlers! … Read More

# 16 Upper Wadboo Creek — Rated: Moderate, 5 Miles

Click Here for Downloadable Upper Wadboo Creek Trail Guide Click Here for COMPLETE Downloadable Berkeley Blueways Guidebook Summary:  One of the most beautiful paddles in the state, the historic Upper Wadboo Creek is a lovely cypress swamp that looks the same as it did two centuries ago when Francis Marion roamed these parts. You’ll see remnants of 19th century rice plantation dikes and canals, limestone bluffs and the fauna include white tailed deer, turkey,… Read More