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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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  • There was nobody to talk to at the visitors center. Nobody was at the front desk and we were waiting around for a while. Most of the place is blocked off for cars. The only place we were able to get t...  more »
  • If you love nature and/or photography, don't miss stopping here. I stop every time I'm traveling through and it never fails to fill me with awe. Make sure you drive through the Cuddo Unit. The wildlif...  more »
  • Nothing to see but the Indian mound . Everything was closed off there was a lot of road construction so idk if that had anything to do with it but I have been waiting and waiting to see this. I wasn't...  more »
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  • Great wildlife and easy trails
  • Love the walking trails...
  • Beautiful!
  • if you love the outdoors you'll love this refuge. Witness wildlife in it's natural habitat. Everything from deer to wild turkeys to waterfowl. Bald eagles are common nowadays as well. Great staff and a great experience!
  • Great wildlife and info on them. Also Indian burial grounds.