Go See Explore: Old Santee Canal Park


A boardwalk through marshland at Old Santee Canal Park.Tucked away in Moncks Corner is a treasured spot, rich in unique history and serene nature. Old Santee Canal Park has something for just about everyone in your family to enjoy (including your leashed dog). At $5 per person (ages six and under are free), it’s a budget-friendly way to spend a day.

Brick walkway lit by pendant lights at Old Santee Canal Park.Old Santee Canal Park

A great place to start is the Interpretive Center. Here you will find the history of the canal, live creatures in the Living Loft, a gift shop with canoe rentals, and event spaces. The trails start and end from this building as well.

Turtles and birds propped up on a fallen tree in the water.

There are a couple of miles of trails through the park. Trails wind through peaceful wooded areas and others have boardwalks over marshland. You can see a variety of wildlife from birds to alligators. While I would consider the trails kid-friendly, most are not stroller-friendly. If you are extra adventurous, rent a canoe and paddle the three-mile canoe trail!

Included Museum

Old Santee Canal Park is also home to the Berkeley County Museum. This museum depicting the area’s vast and varied history is included with the park’s admission. It’s great for the history buff in your group. For more history, ask for a tour of the restored Stony Landing House.

A wooden playground with slide at Old Santee Canal Park.This park is perfect for having a picnic and enjoying some Lowcountry scenery. There is a well-shaded playground that sparks a child’s imagination. Old Santee Canal also offers educational classes, summer camp, a variety of events throughout the year.

We are so fortunate to have so many interesting places to go, see, and explore! Tell us your favorite part of Old Santee Canal Park.

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Jessie Leslie
Jessie Leslie of Summerville, SC is a hairstylist, a wife, and mother to twin boys. When she’s not in the salon, you can find her outdoors on adventures with her family, trying to keep her household running, serving the community with her church, or in a quiet place reading a book. Jessie loves to encourage families to spend time together. One of her family’s favorite ways to spend time together is outside. In fact, her family became Ultimate Outsiders in July of 2021. This means they visited all forty-seven SC State Parks! Jessie believes we can help each other by sharing our learned life experiences. Motherhood can be overwhelming and downright exhausting. She wants to help moms see the good and have fun! Connected, healthy families build better communities.


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