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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  • 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 »
  • Always a pleasant experience to stop at a National Wildlife Refuge! This was no exception. Well done Visitor Center with a helpful informed attendant. NWR are great for family stops as there is no...  more »
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  • 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.
  • We love going with family. You can always see wildlife. Great for young children.
  • Beautiful location. The refuge has a friendly staff and excellent views of Lake Marion. You can hike one of several trails that take you through beautiful wooded terrain and see abundant wildlife. There is also a historic burial mound and a visitors center
  • We are from Minnesota so take that to heart as you read this. We seen so many cool things from bugs n birds to a grey fox! We have red fox back home so it was super cool to see one here. The thing we thought was spiky n poisonous was a seed pod. We still had a blast. The visitor center had some really cool interactive displays for the kids to check out. Spent a good 45 min there before our walk. We walked a few trails (not all the way because we didn't know how long they were and they didn't want to walk back if it was long. We will be going back before our visit to SC is over!

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