From the Canal Recreation Area, cross the canal on the wooden footbridge and proceed west on the woods road adjacent to the canal to the railroad tracks. Cross the tracks and continue to the top of the Pinopolis East Dike (0.5 miles). Bikers can gain access to the top of the dike by following south along its base approximately 0.4 miles to an access ramp.
Once atop the dike, proceed north until the dike ends at Secondary Road 42 (3.5 miles).
The Trail leaves the dike and proceeds west along Secondary Road 42 to Butter Road (Secondary Road 470). Turn north on Butter Road and go approximately 0.6 miles and turn east on Barn Road. Then go 0.5 miles and turn north on Pauline Drive to General Moultrie Road. Turn east and follow General Moultrie Road to return to Santee Cooper's dike system (2.2 miles total).
This temporary section on paved roads runs through a mixed residential and commercial area. Once back on the dike, proceed north along the top for approximately 1.8 miles to the sign for camping. A primitive camping site is available at this location approximately 0.3 miles inside the dike.
From the camping sign on the dike, the main trail follows the dike north to the Rediversion Canal (3.9 miles). Hikers should follow the gravel road adjacent to the Rediversion Canal northeast to the paved road (Secondary Road 35) and cross the bridge over the Rediversion Canal. Then follow the gravel road southwest along the Rediversion Canal back to the dike (2.0 miles).
Continue to follow the dike west for approximately 3.6 miles to the sign for camping. A primitive campsite is available 0.2 miles inside the dike at this location. Several loop trails are also available in this area from March 2 to November 15.
These loop trails total 6.2 miles and provide the trail user with views of the lake, an eagle's nest, and the Sandy Beach Waterfowl Management Area. A second primitive campsite is available on the shores of Lake Moultrie at Sandy Beach when these loop trails are open. The loop trails are closed from November 16 to March 1 to provide undisturbed quality habitat for the area's waterfowl population.
The main trail continues from the camping sign northwest along the dike until the dike ends at the remains of the historic Santee Canal (2.6 miles). Hikers may cross the abandoned canal on the railroad trestle, then proceed southeast on the woods road which parallels the old canal for approximately 0.4 miles.
Turn southwest on the woods road, which leads to a wooded trail with boardwalks. Continue on the trail and cross Quattlebaum's Canal on a wooden footbridge. Then follow the wooded trail to the railroad tracks (1.4 miles). Cross the tracks and follow the woods road southwest until it ends at Secondary Road 708 (1.3 miles).
Turn northwest along Secondary Road 708 for approximately 0.4 miles to another woods road. Proceed southwest along this road for about 0.3 miles to a primitive campsite. From this campsite continue southwest on the woods road to the Diversion Canal. Turn northwest on the woods road that parallels the Diversion Canal up to the parking area (1.5 miles).