Santee National Wildlife Refuge, Summerton

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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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  • We were disappointed to learn that the wildlife refuge was closed. We wanted to photograph birds. What else can I say. I did not give a good rating because the hours did not match with the published h...  more »
  • This is a great place to go and enjoy peace and quiet. It's free to enter. Some areas are closed. The main office is only open Tuesday through Friday from 8 until 4. There is a covered area in the par...  more »
  • We went for the Eclipse because it was dead center on the total line. We had not been here before so were not sure what to expect. The park did a great job of preparing everything for the expected cro...  more »
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  • It is the most wonderful place to take the family.... so much wildlife... nice cabins...play area for kids... lots of water.. fishing really good... nature trial... you can even sit there and feed the deer outta ur hands.. i just gotta say both hands up... for the park ranger..
  • Great Birding at the Bluff and Cudo unit. Just off 95 take a break and stop at the visitor center and learn about the local wildlife
  • Well maintained, well marked and easy to walk trails that take you through different types of Eco systems. Open fields with Birds of Prey, Tree Swallows, Bluebirds, Meadowlarks, Indigo Buntings, Sparrows...Dense forests with many species of Warblers, Woodpeckers, owls...open water with Ducks, Gulls, Anhingas, Corrmorants, Osprey... ponds and impoundments with Egrets, Herons, Rails, and other wading birds. If your more interested in Reptiles and amphibians, you will be delighted to see Alligators, several species of Turtles, Snakes, frogs, skinks and anoles. You might even come across a fox, a bobcat, opposum, raccoons, and you will more than likely see White-faced tailed deer and squirrel. Great place for a quiet walk surrounded by nature's bounties. Go for the day, take a picnic, or just spend an hour or two birdwatching.
  • We decided to travel to Santee National Wildlife Refuge to view the 2017 eclipse. It's a beautiful location and was a wonderful setting to view the event of a lifetime. The visitor's center is great: lots of interesting educational displays, clean and well-organized, and the staff were very helpful. The facility handled all the eclipse viewing traffic extremely well. We would love to visit again when the weather cools a bit and we can take our time to explore the various locations and trails.
  • Friendly and helpful visitor center. Lots of birds on trails
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