South Carolina Wildlife Refuges

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South Carolina River WildlifeYou may not know that there are more than 20 South Carolina wildlife refuges, or that many are recognized as some of the finest in the nation. These diverse refuges seek to protect South Carolina river wildlife, mixed hardwoods, mixed pine-hardwood, pine plantations, marsh, croplands, old fields, ponds, impoundments and open waters located throughout the Palmetto State.

South Carolina wildlife refuges also seek to provide habitat for migratory waterfowl and provide protection for endangered and threatened species including the bald eagle, red wolves, the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker, American alligator and other South Carolina river wildlife.

During the winter months, the bald eagle and even the endangered peregrine falcon can be seen. From November through February migrating waterfowl such as mallards, pintails, teal and wood ducks along with Canada geese are frequent flyers. Throughout the year red-tailed and red-shouldered hawks can be viewed soaring overhead, as can a variety of songbirds in the trees, and wild turkey in the underbrush. 

For casual sightseers some of the forests also provide a home for white-tailed deer and other woodland creatures such as raccoons, squirrels and bobcats. The ponds and marshes provide a home for South Carolina river wildlife such as alligators, not to mention a number of other reptiles and amphibians.

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Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge
A stretch of barrier islands and salt marshes that make up one of the nation\'s most outstanding wildlife refuges. The 66,287-acre refuge is a true wilderness experience. A contracted tour...
Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge
The endangered red-cockaded woodpecker is among the many species of flora and fauna found on this 45,348-acre national wildlife refuge. Two observation towers, a photography blind and an interpretive display/nature...
Cathedral Bay Heritage Wildlife Preserve
Cathedral Bay is an excellent example of the Carolina bay phenomenon. Carolina bays are elliptical or oval basins found throughout the Atlantic Coastal Plain. The vast majority of these features...
Caw Caw Interpretive Center
The park features hundreds of acres of intact former rice fields complete with quarter drain canals and water control structures; eight miles of interpretive trails with more than 1,200 feet...
Congaree National Park
Congaree National Park preserves the largest remnant of old-growth floodplain forest remaining on the continent! Experience national and state champion trees, towering to record size amidst an astonishing array of...
Daws Island Heritage Preserve
This island contains four Late Archaic Period shell rings dating to 4,500 years ago. Twenty-three other sites ranging from 10,000 BC to AD 500 are also present on the island....
Dungannon Heritage Preserve
The 643 acre Dungannon Heritage Preserve in Charleston County was acquired to protect one of the top nesting colonies of the federally endangered wood stork in South Carolina. It also...
Ernest F. Hollings Ace Basin National Wildlife Refuge
The 350,000-acre ACE Basin Project is one of the largest undeveloped estuaries on the East Coast, named for the Ashepoo, Combahee and Edisto rivers. The 11,815-acre Ernest F. Hollings ACE...
Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve
This 10-acre public garden features a series of ponds, walking trails, and an abundance of perennials and shrubs. The garden also has two quarter-mile paved paths that are wheel chair...
Hobcaw Barony
Once home to the Waccamaw Indians, this Colonial land grant was divided into 14 plantations by 1865. With the decline of the rice cultivation, Hobcaw was bought by Bernard M....

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