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Santee National Wildlife Refuge

2125 Fort Watson Road, Summerton, SC 29148
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Summerton
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Ottawa, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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53 reviews 53 reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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Marietta, Ga
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

There are two main sections to this refuge. The first is off exit 102. The signs clearly show how to get to this area of the refuge. The visitor's center, which is very nice and is staffed by knowledgeable and friendly people, is at this location, as is the Native American mound, upon which the fort was built. Unfortunately, this... More

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Charleston, South Carolina
17 reviews 17 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

This is an amazing site. Thank goodness it is still left to explore the early days of colonial America. Over a 1000 years ago the Santee Indians built this mound. The British took full advantage of its height to make it part of a string of forts from Charleston to Fort Motte, Camden and Ninety-Six. Fort Watson overlooked the Santee... More

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North Carolina
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146 reviews 146 reviews
26 attraction reviews
194 helpful votes 194 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

This is not a large park, but it's a great stop-off for us while we are on our way home (North Carolina). It's a quiet little refuge away from the hustle and bustle of I-95, yet it is within a couple of minutes from it. Highly recommend that you walk the circular hiking trail that takes about 25 minutes to... More

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Orlando, Florida
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47 reviews 47 reviews
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75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

We spend several hours exploring some of this amazing place. We first stopped at the visitor center in one of four areas this National Wildlife Refuge protects. A happy older couple greeted us outside and inside, and gave us directions to the different locations. There were the remains of a fort and an Indian mound with a tall staircase that... More

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Rock Hill, SC
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38 reviews 38 reviews
21 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

With four grandchildren ages 4-12 in tow, we went to the Visitor Center of this Natural Park Service property. The children enjoyed the hands-on displays and dioramas of local fauna. I also ready them a children's book on Francis Marion the center had on the kids table, before we visited the Revolutionary war site just down the road - a... More

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Mexia, Alabama, United States
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45 reviews 45 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

We are staying temporarily about a mile from this site. I visit it at least once a week.Beautiful views of the lake and the most amazing sunsets that I have ever seen! Steeped in history! Just off I-95 and well worth the stop

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Tucson, AZ
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43 reviews 43 reviews
12 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

This was my second time to attend the Santee Birding Festival and this year we picked up registration packets at the Wildlife Refuge office. The staff is wonderful, knowledgeable, helpful. It was a wonderful introduction to an excellent festival.

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