Mountain Biking – Whitewater Santee

Mountain Biking

Mountain biking in the Santee Basin trades elevation for steady, fast rides through vast pine forests, cypress-lined swamps, and open prairie. Francis Marion National Forest offers a variety of surfaces and trail features for a unique cycling experience including rooted, technical single track, sandy berms, and undulating flow trail along the coastal plain. Hundreds of miles of forest service roads offer a backcountry network to keep your bike off pavement.

Explore sandy roads, elevated swamp boardwalks, and rooted singletrack across the Santee River Basin and its myriad public assets. The Swamp Fox Passage offers a 48-mile riding segment with various access points and terrain while connecting to other trail networks within the forest, including the Jericho Horse Trail, Ion Swamp, and more.

Check out more online guides and resources at MTB Project.

Guide Services

Group Rides & Cycling Tours

Whitewater offers guided cycling experiences throughout the year, as well as organized rides to show cyclists the huge variety of assets within the Santee River Basin.  The Charleston region offers several bike shops to assist and direct riders of all levels.

Francis Marion National Forest Middleburg Plantation


Select trails for routes, rides and access information

Points of Interest

Swamp Fox Passage

Distance: 47.2 miles (Point to Point)

Elevation: 116′ High, 28′ Low

Wanamaker Trail System

Distance: 10.9 miles (Loop)

Elevation: 73′ High, 42′ Low

Awendaw Passage

Distance: 7.3 miles (Point to Point)

Elevation: 74′ High, 14′ Low

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