The 195-acre park, constructed by Santee Cooper in 1989, is located in Moncks Corner in an area bordering the Cooper River and Tailrace Canal. The park includes an interpretive center and more than three miles of boardwalks and paths through a section of Biggin Swamp and along the last one-mile section of the nation's first "true canal" connecting the Santee River system to the Cooper River system.
The 22-mile Santee Canal, with a series of 10 locks, was constructed between 1793 and 1800 and operated for 50 years, providing a waterway of commerce for the transport of goods from South Carolina's Upcountry to the port of Charleston. The park also contains a 13,000-square foot interpretive center which exhibits the story of the construction and operation of the canal. Also, the history of the CSS
David, a semi-submersible torpedo boat, is displayed. The David was constructed during the Civil War on the park grounds when the area was known as Stony Landing. The Confederate torpedo-ram David made history on the night of October 5th, 1863 when it made the first ever torpedo attack on the Union sub the New Ironsides. A replica of the CSS David is located at the Berkeley Museum.
In addition, on the park grounds is the Stony Landing house, built by a Charleston merchant in the early 1840s. The restored house overlooks the river and was the boyhood home of the late Sen. Rembert C. Dennis.
The Berkeley Museum is adjacent to the Old Santee Canal Park. Admission to the park includes your admission to the Berkeley
County Museum. The park is open daily from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm except for New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. Buses and tour groups are welcome. Picnic shelters and on-site canoe rentals are available. Gates are locked at park closing time.
The Old Santee Canal Park is located off of U.S. 52 Bypass (Rembert C. Dennis Boulevard) in Moncks Corner. For information concerning special events and activities, please call (843) 899-5200.
Please visit the Old Santee Canal Park website for the latest information on park admission rates and facility rental rates. www.oldsanteecanalpark.org