Trail

Old Santee Canal Park, Alligator Loop

Moncks Corner, SC
Length: 1.00 mi.
Type: Loop

About This Trail

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The Alligator Loop trail at Old Santee Canal Park is a 1/2 mile loop that you access either via the Osprey Loop trail or from the gravel  service road near the Childrens Garden. It gives a nice mixture of dirt trails and boardwalks with multiple observation points along the way. All-terrain strollers can navigate this trail though some sections have lots of roots and the boardwalks can be slick if there was a recent rain.

A child carrier or hiking harness/backpack leash can be good for young walkers with much of this trail being  near water or crossing open boardwalks over water. This is a good length for new walkers though little legs will likely tire before finishing. Multiple shelters and benches along the trail make good resting spots and turtles and birds are often spotted from this trail.

This is a great choice for a family with young children who may not be up to one of the longer hikes at Old Santee Canal Park. When combined the portion of the Osprey loop needed to reach the Alligator Loop, the total distance is just under 1 mile. Though Fall, Winter and Spring may be the most pleasant, this trail can be done in the summer months as well.

 

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter
Surface type Mixed
Carrier needed Yes
Stroller friendly Yes
ADA accessible No
Water fountains Yes
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Excellent
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles
Yes

Trail highlights

Creek / River, Picnic Area, Shaded Hike, Shelter, Viewpoint, and Visitor Center

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $3.00

$3 per person age 6 and up

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About The Guide

Hike it Baby Family Trail Guide is an online resource to help families with children source trails that little legs can hike and parents can feel comfortable with. Hike details are sourced and have been hiked by families who participate in our community. Our contributors do their best to give you all the details they can, but if something is missed, you can reach out to the contributor and offer suggestions for them to add to make it a better trail description for all. This guide was built with a generous 3-year partnership with L.L Bean. Like Hike it Baby, L.L Bean believes that helping get families into nature from birth on is key to healthier, happier communities.