Old Santee Canal Park boasts an impressive museum, visitor center, and a boardwalk through the swampy area along the Cooper River. They also maintain the Santee Canal, built in the late 18th century to transport crops between the uplands and Charleston. Today, the canal is a fine place to explore and escape into nature. The park rents canoe for $3 per half hour, and you’re welcome to bring your own. Leashed dogs are welcome on the grounds and in the canoes.
Directions from Charleston: Take I-26 W to exit 209A (Hwy 52) and continue straight through Goose Creek. In Moncks Corner, turn right at the second stop light onto Stony Landing Rd. The park is at the end of the road past the hospital.
Old Santee Canal State Park: 843-899-5200 / 900 Stony Landing Rd., Moncks Corner / www.oldsanteecanalpark.org