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Level: Beginner
Length: 6 mi (9.7 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +63/40 ft
Total: 24 riders
 

Mountain Biking Santee State Park

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#91 of 109 mountain bike trails in South Carolina
#11817 in the world

Great little trail loop near I-95. Not much else around the area for mountain bikers but this trails makes the best out of the flat terrain. About 2 miles of the loop is on wide singletrack, the rest is on twisty and at times tight singletrack in the dense pine forest. Be sure to wear your helmet, not because you might fall but because there are tons of low branches on this infrequently maintained trail. At times the trail is hard to follow and you'll find several unexpected twists and turns as you build up speed. Overall a nice place to ride, perfect for those new to the sport.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
Getting there
From I-95, take exit 98, Hwy 6. Head west on 6 for about a mile or so and turn right onto State Park Rd. Follow State Park Rd. about 3-4 miles to the end, park near the playground and head back down the road to the (well marked) mountain bike trailhead on the left (will be on your right as you drive down State Park Rd.).
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  • wfool
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    This was a pretty easy trail. It was fun though. The last review said the trail was closed, but it had been a year so I decided I would check to see if it was open now and it was. It is overgrown in places and I lost the trail a few times, but it was easy to find it again. The blue blazes help. There were a couple of creek crossings but nothing hard. It would be a good trail to take a beginner. A bonus was seeing a couple of fox squirrels

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  • Santeerider
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    Trails still closed due to storms. Working with State Park to hopefully get them back in operation soon

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  • Santeerider
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    These trails have been hurt bad due to past hurricanes coming through the area. Many many trees down. Only trail worth riding is one next to lake. The Park System is trying hard to work with the Sorba Mountain bike group on getting trails back open and improving the trail system. Once this is done you should be able to get anywhere from 15-20 miles in.
    Hopefully work will begin soon.
    Santeerider

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  • C-Lo
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    This was a pretty cool trail. Nothing extravagant. Half of the bike trail was closed with caution tape, not sure why. So I had to double back to get a decent amount of milage. Lot of campers hiking on the trail.

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  • Brettsummer
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    Counterclockwise started with lake views....really wish the trail was alittle closer so you could actually see a good view of the lake from the trail, you mostly have to get off the bike and walk thru alittle brush to see a nice view....why they didn't put a bench beside the trail facing the lake I'll never know....after the first half of the trail it became really overgrown and i lost the trail twice. Other than that lots of bugs and what others have said flat mostly boring

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  • Mt. Burrito
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    This trail is good for someone just starting out on a bike or someone who is just in the area and would like to do an easy ride beside of the lake. Pretty flat overall with a few very small slopes.

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  • Santeerider
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    Santee State Park is a great place to ride. It has some obstacles but is a great place for a great work out. The staff is getting more involved on the up keep of the trails. This fall they are going to hopefully add to some more of the trails. The Lime Stone and Sink Hole trails are ok but are short. Hopefully these trails will be extended in the near future. I understand they are getting guidance from the mountain bike group SORBA who has done a wonderful job at Pointsett State Park. Come and enjoy a nice ride, 8 mile loop. Add the other two trails and you get another 2.5 miles.

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  • Santeerider
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    The trail is in pretty good shape now. Rode last week and one tree was down. The State Park is suppose to take care of it. Come and enjoy a good 8 mile loop.

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  • Jeff Barber
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    Yes it's flat but the trails here are pretty well maintained and there is plenty of wooded singletrack to explore. Great option for the area.

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  • Santeerider
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    08/02/2014
    Have been riding State Park most of the summer. We have done some work on the trail but it has two big trees down. Have brought it to the Park Rangers attention. Hopefully will be taken care of this week. Nice views of the lake at certain parts of the trail.

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  • bhair3
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    Only a small section of tight fast section for some fun, the rest is wide flat and best served as just a relaxing ride(if you can deal with all the roots)

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  • JBrawn
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    Ditto on all previous posts. It's a 7 mile trail fairly well marked. The visitor's center attendant said the park manager rides the trail every morning, but I think only for the first 4-5 miles because at least the last 2 miles were pretty poorly maintained. I'd still ride it for a break from the road when passing through, since it's so close to I-95.

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  • skiporgo.com
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    It's an easy and flat ride. It goes wide for 4 miles and you can feel a nice lake breeze. After that you turn to the foods and it becomes messy. The trail is not maintained and it is not easy to find a path all the time.. It narrows down and becomes a real jungle, watch out for spiders and elks everywhere..one jumped right in front of my bike on the trail. Riding next to the lake was easy and a real pleasure, riding in the jungle wasn't that fun..

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  • mtnmarauder
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    Flat and fairly fast just pay attention to the blue blazes and watch out for roots. A lot of them are hidden under the pine needles. There are some good views of Lake Marion but that's about it. Overall not too bad since nothing else is available in the immediate area. * Review edited 11/10/2009

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  • John Fisch
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    Theres not much to recommend this trail other than there seems to be nothing else in the immediate area. Very flat, half doubletrack, and not very long. No scenery to speak of. It did beat spending the evening sitting in the hotel room in town.

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  • frelup
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    Very flat. No hills. Lots of pine straw and leaves. Some great views of the lake. Cool little beach area. About 7 miles. Manchester for fun!

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  • Flavtown
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    This trail pretty much sucks. It's all flat and boring. The state park there is pretty cool, but nothing to special. There some pretty good views of the lake where the "cliffs" are. Go to manchester for a good ride.

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  • KenfromCali
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    I've been wanting to explore around the Charleston area for other places to ride. So I took the 50 mile drive from Summerville with hopes that is it would be worth it. It's not the most challenging trail I've ever ridden, but I have to say I had a nice ride with some great views of the lake. I also saw several deer and a few turkey along the way. The condition of the trail was great. Although I had my head in my A a few times and missed a turn where the leaves were thickest...My fault though, the blue hashes were clearly marked and I just missed it.

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