Lake Marion Passage skirts along the high-water mark of the lake’s north side between Santee, SC, and Mill Creek County Park. Trail users are rewarded with magnificent vistas of the upper coastal plain and opportunities to spot abundant wildlife and colorful flora, especially in the spring rainy season. Between mile markers 5 and 6, a short side trip down Fort Watson Road leads to the site of ancient Santee Indian burial mounds (circa 3,500 years old). During the American Revolution, the British built Fort Watson on the mounds to improve visibility and protect supply lines between Charleston and Camden. Patriots under General Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox, and Lt. Col. Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee captured the fort in 1781. The site is in the Santee National Wildlife Refuge. NOTICE: The 301 bridge will be closed indefinitely beginning August 1, 2017. For more information and updates, please see the SCDOT website at http://www.dot.state.sc.us/ Waters have receded along the Lake Marion Passage, but there are some down trees and a foot bridge has washed out. Hikers please be aware that it is still a bit soggy. For more information about the passage and to access a pdf copy of our maps please go to https://palmettoconservation.org/palmetto-trail/ If you are interested in getting involved with the trail or would like to make a donation please visit https://palmettoconservation.org/get-involved/
Vendor: Palmetto Conservation Foundation
Activities: Hiking, Cycling
Size: 12.1 MB
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