Sewee Shell Mound

Charleston, South Carolina

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A short walk through coastal woodland to ancient Native American shell mounds. The Sewee Shell Ring, about 4,000 years old and on the National Register of Historic Places, is a type of archeological site unique to the Atlantic coast from South Carolina to northern Florida. This area was devastated by Hurricane Hugo in 1989; the eye of the storm came ashore right about here. The forest suffered from an intense fire two years afterward. What once was a stand of large oaks and mature pines is now predominately brush and scrub standing about head high. Tall, blackened trunks, the only remains of the mature trees, loom over the green of the recent growth. This landscape is stark, but not lifeless. You may see at close range an osprey perched at the top of a 60-foot tree trunk, woodpeckers reclaiming their habitat, a cluster of blue flag iris growing wild in the wetlands, or chinaback fiddler crabs numbering in the hundreds running at the edges of the shell mounds.

Sewee Shell Mound Professional Review and Guide

"A short walk through coastal woodland to ancient Native American shell mounds. The Sewee Shell Ring, about 4,000 years old and on the National Register of Historic Places, is a type of archeological site unique to the Atlantic coast from South Carolina to northern Florida. This area was devastated by Hurricane Hugo in 1989; the eye of the storm came ashore right about here. The forest suffered from an intense fire two years afterward.

What once was a stand of large oaks and mature pines is now predominately brush and scrub standing about head high. Tall, blackened trunks, the only remains of the mature trees, loom over the green of the recent growth. This landscape is stark, but not lifeless. You may see at close range an osprey perched at the top of a 60-foot tree trunk, woodpeckers reclaiming their habitat, a cluster of blue flag iris growing wild in the wetlands, or chinaback fiddler crabs numbering in the hundreds running at the edges of the shell mounds."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Charleston
Distance: 1
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Half a day
Season: Year-round.
Local Contacts: Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center , 5821 US Highway 17 North, Awendaw, SC 29429; (843) 928-3368.
Local Maps: Available at Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center and from Coastal Expeditions (ferry operator); Sewee Bay and Bull Island USGS quads.
Driving Directions: Directions to Sewee Shell Mound

Recent Trail Reviews

9/19/2005
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I was really excited to hike this hike. But due to rain there was huge amounts of mud. I thought I might be able to hike this on the way to Charleston and was only wearing sneakers, so i decided against going. The ranger also let us know than one part of the hike was closed due to damage from a hurricane.



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