Santee National Wildlife Refuge, Summerton

#130 of 197 in Wildlife in South Carolina
Must see · Wildlife Area · Nature / Park
Santee National Wildlife Refuge is a 15,000-acre (61 km2) refuge alongside Lake Marion, an impoundment of the Santee River of Clarendon County, South Carolina. The refuge is especially important because its many wetlands support migratory birds.

The refuge also contains the Santee Native American mound, which is the farthest eastern known representation of the Mississippian culture. Later built upon this same mound was the Revolutionary British Fort Watson, which was taken by Marion's Brigade in April 1781. The site has been an important site of archeological investigations.

Within the refuge, which consists of mixed hardwoods and pines, marsh, old croplands, impoundments and open water, is a large diversity of wildlife, including bald eagles, and even the peregrine falcon. More common are deer, raccoons, bobcats, alligators, teal, wood ducks, Canada geese, mallards, pintails, red-tailed hawks, red-shouldered hawks, and wild turkeys.

The refuge was established in 1941. The refuge was formerly much larger, but was reduced greatly in size in 1976 when the Lake Moultrie section in Berkeley County was discontinued due to lease termination.
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  • We went to Cuddo hiking trail and drove around a bit. Finally found a place to park and walked a small loop. It was a good path, very wide and level. However it was a little muddy in some spots...  more »
  • Nice trail with beautiful views. Lovely gardens. What a nice surprise!! Trail well maked with ample parking.  more »
  • great spot for relaxation. the cabins were very nice. if the desk stay had acted like they cared about us visiting would have rated higher
  • This place is awsome. A real step back in time. Really nice to get out and enjoy the wildlife.

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