I admit that I prefer pavement over dirt most of the time. US 176 is a 2 lane, 55 mph highway without a shoulder. Calamus Pond Rd is partially dirt and has a sketchy entrance off of Mudville Rd.
Took Calamus Pond Rd (yellow outline) instead of US 176 (red outline) during my ride home from lake Moultrie.
Calamus Pond Rd wins. Totally worth the effort.