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“Beautiful”

Santee National Wildlife Refuge
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 offered a great view of Lake Marion. The best part of the NWR was the wildlife drive, where we took our time to view many birds and several large alligators. This was one of the most scenic NWR drives, along with Merritt Island and Lower Suwannee NWRs in Florida.

3  Thank Matthew S
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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 site where Francis Marion and Lighthorse Harry Lee collaborated for an American victory.


We borrowed a backpack for the kids to share binoculars, nature guide books, plastic bug collecting / magnifying containers for use at the on-site Nature Trail. The younger kids gleefully received a colored chart listing all the kids of fish in Lake Marion, and spent the rest of the day asking "What's this kind?"

Thank grand9mom
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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

Thank Johnnie S
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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.

Thank jppAZ
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Reviewed May 10, 2012

While traveling on I95 we stopped at Santee Wildlife Refuge to stretch our legs, and within minutes we found ourselves in a wonderful wild place. We climbed the Indian mound and hiked the two trails closest to the highway--Wrights Bluff, and Dingle Pond--both of which include beautiful cypress swamps. This took us a little longer than two hours. While hiking we saw a snake, a turtle, a large owl, great blue herons, a wood duck, mallards, geese, as well as more small birds than we could name or count. The staff at the visitor center was wonderful: friendly and helpful. Next time we're passing by we'll definitely visit again. Very highly recommended.

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