Thursday, March 9, 2023
We left coastal Georgia and are now in the sandhill region of South Carolina. We are camped in Santee State Park on the banks of Lake Marion. We had last visited this area in March 2022 with hopes of paddling the Plantation Island Canoe Trail in the Cuddo Unit of Santee National Wildlife Refuge. As we mentioned in our 2022 blog, we were unable to visit the Cuddo Unit because it is closed on Mondays. For a full report of what happened last time, click the link to our 2022 blog. While we really enjoyed our last visit, we did make plans to visit again and make sure it wasn't on a Monday!
Thursday morning dawned bright, clear and chilly. We set off for the Santee NWR Visitor Center to double check access and get updated maps. As it turns out, the Visitor Center was closed due to a lack of volunteers. They did however, provided maps in the kiosk in the parking lot. With map in hand, we took off to the trail head.
As we finished our paddle, we did see what was left of trail markers one and two. It reinforced our idea that the canoe trail has not been maintained for several years. If you are interested in paddling the Plantation Islands Canoe Trail, bring a GPS and make your own trail.
There is rain coming. We are not sure what our next adventure will be, so stay tuned.