# 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… 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… 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… 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… 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…. 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… Read More

# 12 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… Read More

# 21 Bushy Park / Foster Creek — Rated: Moderate, 10-12 Miles

Click Here for Downloadable Bushy Park / Foster Creek Trail Guide Click Here for COMPLETE Downloadable Berkeley Blueways Guidebook   Summary:  Foster Creek is a pretty tidal creek at the southern end of the Back River section of the Cooper River. It meanders through the Naval Weapons Station in Goose Creek. The banks are restricted access and you are not allowed to go ashore. This is a great trip for taking photos of numerous… Read More

# 20 Durham Creek / Back River — Rated: Moderate, 7.8 Miles

Click Here for Downloadable Durham Creek / Back River Trail Guide Click Here for COMPLETE Downloadable Berkeley Blueways Guidebook   Summary:   The Back River is accessed from Durham Creek near Cypress Gardens. You’ll paddle beside tall grasses, and forestation that is a mix of pine, cypress, sweet gum, hardwoods, red cedar and river birch. In warmer months, the banks are lined with flowering water lilies. The waterway is home to wood ducks, herons, anhingas,… Read More

# 19 Chicken Creek — Rated: Moderate, 9.1 Miles

Click Here for Downloadable Chicken Creek Trail Guide Click Here for COMPLETE Downloadable Berkeley Blueways Guidebook   Summary:  Get ready for variety with this paddle! You’ll spend time on the Santee River, meander two wilderness bottomland creeks that rarely see visitors, paddle through the Francis Marion National Forest, and experience the same forests that Revolutionary soldiers traversed over two centuries ago. Besides all this, you’re likely to see herons, egrets, bald eagles and so… Read More