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Santee National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 2125 Fort Watson Road, Summerton, SC 29148
Phone Number: 803-478-2217
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Drove around and looked at the sights thus morning. Very hot, so no hiking, but thoroughly enjoyed the quiet and peacefulness. Got out and read all the plaques about Ft. Watson... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 23, 2015
Sallyanne C
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Van Wert, Ohio
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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63 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

The Wildlife Refuge consists of four sections; we visited the Visitors Center, and then drove about 25 minutes to the Cuddo section which included a 7.5 mile drive around its perimeter. We had high hopes of seeing quite a few birds as well as alligators and turtles. We saw numerous butterflys, and about 10 baby mallards (at a distance) --... More 

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West Chester, Ohio
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23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 via mobile

We thought we would stop and eat lunch and take bathroom break on way to savannah, visitors center is only open Tuesday-Friday so no bathrooms are open or anywhere else in park, we stopped on a Sunday, looks pretty and we would have liked to stay

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Van Wert, Ohio
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015 via mobile

Drove around and looked at the sights thus morning. Very hot, so no hiking, but thoroughly enjoyed the quiet and peacefulness. Got out and read all the plaques about Ft. Watson and Swamp Fox. Now want to go home and watch that movie again! Beautiful area.

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Thank Sallyanne C
from NC
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39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 via mobile

Not far off of I-95 is the visitor center to Santee National Wildlife Refuge at the Bluff Unit. Nice displays and a beautiful view of Lake Marion. A bit of a drive to the Cuddo Unit where there are walking, biking, canoe trails and an auto drive. We were rewarded with a view of a big old alligator at Alligator... More 

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Thank Pat C
Conyers, GA
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217 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

This is a large area, not well signed. It has an Indian Mound, a display about a British Fort, an auto driving tour of the refuge (look for alligators and birds) and a visitor's center. Enjoyed it all but it was hard to find the auto tour, as it was not signed but well worth the effort. If you want... More 

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Huntsville, Alabama
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36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We didn't have much time here but the information center was very good. We also hiked the Wrights Bluff trail and visited the Santee Indian Mound. Both were interesting.

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Windermere, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

like others, we made the stop at santee national wildlife refuge during a road trip on 95. however, do not make the same mistake we did and look up santee in google maps... it takes you to the more remote, desolate cuddo section - a much larger area, but not nearly as interesting or relevant for the average casual visitor... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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47 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Every time we drive to Florida from Canada, we always stop off at this wildlife refuge. It isn't very far off the I-95 and it’s nice to get out of the car for an hour or so to take a hike through the forest. The vegetation is so different compared to back home and it’s a real treat to enjoy... More 

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NC
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66 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

Very nice visitor's center-painted bunting at feeder was the first bird I saw there. Now added to my life-list. Number of ospreys spotted from deck of center-even one carrying a fish mouth facing forward as noted in all guides. From there drove over to the Cuddo section. As it was rainy we were not able to hike any of the... More 

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Manning
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

Visit Fort Watson and enjoy the view from the top; and hear all the historic markers in the area & get directions to them with the new Clarendon County Tour App. This app will, automatically, read the markers as you approach them or you can select a silent text mode. Even if you are not in the area, you can... More 

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