Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

Florence, South Carolina

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Two short hikes in a restored woodland with attractive opportunities for wildlife viewing. Located in the upper part of the Sandhills belt that was South Carolina’s coastline millions of years ago, the Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1939 on 46,000 acres of land exhausted and eroded by farming. Through careful management, it has been restored to a rich, varied environment for many kinds of wildlife. Traversing the property is historic Wire Road, a route used by Civil War general William Tecumseh Sherman’s army on its rampaging northward march through South Carolina. Although the refuge is in the Sandhills, the two trails here pass mainly through wet areas, impoundments established to help wildlife populations, particularly water birds.
Hiking South Carolina

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Hiking South Carolina

by John Clark & John Dantzler (Falcon Guides)

Two short hikes in a restored woodland with attractive opportunities for wildlife viewing. Located in the upper part of the Sandhills belt that was South Carolina’s coastline millions of years ago, the Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1939 on 46,000 acres of land exhausted and eroded by farming.

Through careful management, it has been restored to a rich, varied environment for many kinds of wildlife. Traversing the property is historic Wire Road, a route used by Civil War general William Tecumseh Sherman’s army on its rampaging northward march through South Carolina. Although the refuge is in the Sandhills, the two trails here pass mainly through wet areas, impoundments established to help wildlife populations, particularly water birds.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Florence
Distance: 3
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day hike
Season: Winter and spring
Local Contacts: Land Resources Division, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, 2221 Devine Street, Columbia, SC 29205; (803) 734-9108
Local Maps: Middendorf and Angelus USGS quads.
Driving Directions: Directions to Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

Recent Trail Reviews

11/9/2009
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Nice place to visit. A drive at dawn or dusk on Wildlife Drive (Visitors Drive) is a good way to view wildlife, but getting out and walking the various trails is a good experience too. Tate's Trail is easy and quite nice. Tripod Trail, to the photography blind at Martins Lake is even easier, and has some nice interpretive signs along the way. Biking can be enjoyed here. There are about 100 miles of roads and single-tracks where public auto use is not allowed. Management deer hunts in the fall, and management turkey hunts in the spring occur at the refuge but there are many areas where hunting is not allowed. My last visit was during a deer hunt, yet I had no problem enjoying myself. I spent a great deal of time around Martins Lake, Oxpen Lake, and Honkers lake and never even felt the presence of hunters.



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May 2018