Santee National Wildlife Refuge, Summerton

Santee National Wildlife Refuge is a 15000acre refuge alongside Lake Marion, an impoundment of the Santee River of Clarendon County, South Carolina. The refuge is especially important for a large number of wetlands that 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.
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  • Nice trail with beautiful views. Lovely gardens. What a nice surprise!! Trail well maked with ample parking.  more »
  • More expansive than originally thought. Best to get a map of the refuge before you go if going out of season. No full time staff at the visitor center but a map is posted with QR codes to get them on....  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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