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Day Tripping at Old Santee Canal Park

December 09, 2015   By Susan Mungo in Community

Photo by Jim Huff

I can't believe Christmas break begins this weekend for some students. To me, it feels as if summer was just a few weeks ago, but that may be in part because our fall weather has been fairly mild.

With the kids out of school and sunny, mild days in the forecast, you may be looking for a great day trip or family excursion. Old Santee Canal Park offers the perfect spot for a fun filled and educational outing.

Opened in 1989, Old Santee Canal Park (OSCP) is located in Moncks Corner where Biggin Creek joins the Cooper River. This 195-acre park offers guests excellent bird watching, hiking, canoeing and four miles of boardwalks allowing you up close and personal views of the creek's natural habitat.

In the middle of all this nature is the park's Interpretive Center. Here you can enjoy learning about native wildlife, watch a film on animals and the history of the area or read about the area's chronicled history as far back as 4000 B.C. You can also get an audio tour, rent a canoe, participate in a scavenger hunt or visit the gift shop.

OSCP is also host to special community events throughout the year, including Celebrate The Season. Also located on the park grounds are the Stony Landing House built circa 1843 and the Berkeley County Museum and Heritage Center. Both offer tours and educational programs.

OSCP is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Special events offer extended hours. If you are a history buff, outdoors enthusiasts or are just looking for the perfect afternoon outing, visit the OSCP.