AAA Editor Notes
Old Santee Canal Park is 1 mi. e. off US 52 bypass at 900 Stony Landing Rd. The canal was constructed between the Santee and Cooper rivers in 1800 to flow goods from the Upstate to Charleston Harbor. Within 50 years, the railroad had replaced the waterway for shipping, and most of the canal route is now covered by Lake Moultrie. The park preserves the canal's southern terminus.
An interpretive center highlights the history and workings of the canal through a scale model and archeological finds; wildlife displays focus on natural beauty. The Berkeley Museum traces regional history from early Native American cultures to such 20th-century accomplishments as rural electrification. A special exhibit details the life of the elusive Revolutionary War hero Gen. Francis Marion (the Swamp Fox). Four miles of nature trails and boardwalks with observation decks allow visitors to view the bald cypress swamp, marl bluffs and resident wildlife that includes alligators, great blue herons and wood ducks.
Picnicking is permitted. Time: Allow 3 hours minimum.