Spanish Mount Trail

Walterboro, South Carolina

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This loop leads to cliffs overlooking a bend in Big Bay Creek where you can visit an ancient Indian shell mound that dates back some 4,000 years. The purpose of the Spanish Mount, which is similar to other middens along the southeastern coast, is unknown, but theories range from social or ceremonial significance to basically a trash heap. Shellfish were important to the Native Americans, and recent studies on this particular site confirm that the mound was actually a large circle, or shell ring, which indicates a communal living area. Today, the shell mound buckthorn grows in the high calcium soil generated from the shellfish. Please don’t walk on the mound. On your way to the mound, you will traverse a beautiful salt marsh on a long, wooden boardwalk and cling to the sandy open bank of Scott’s Creek. The flat, wooded singletrack winds through maritime forest where a heavy canopy of live oaks, redcedars, loblollys, palmettos, and sassafrases provide precious shade. Enjoy the jungle-like feel of this environment with its Spanish moss and resurrection ferns. Tread: Singletrack.

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"This loop leads to cliffs overlooking a bend in Big Bay Creek where you can visit an ancient Indian shell mound that dates back some 4,000 years. The purpose of the Spanish Mount, which is similar to other middens along the southeastern coast, is unknown, but theories range from social or ceremonial significance to basically a trash heap. Shellfish were important to the Native Americans, and recent studies on this particular site confirm that the mound was actually a large circle, or shell ring, which indicates a communal living area. Today, the shell mound buckthorn grows in the high calcium soil generated from the shellfish. Please don’t walk on the mound. On your way to the mound, you will traverse a beautiful salt marsh on a long, wooden boardwalk and cling to the sandy open bank of Scott’s Creek.

The flat, wooded singletrack winds through maritime forest where a heavy canopy of live oaks, redcedars, loblollys, palmettos, and sassafrases provide precious shade. Enjoy the jungle-like feel of this environment with its Spanish moss and resurrection ferns. Tread: Singletrack."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Walterboro
Distance: 3.2
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Easy
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Edisto Beach State Park, (843) 869-2756.
Local Maps: USGS Edisto Beach, Edisto Island; a trail map is available from the state park.
Driving Directions: Directions to Spanish Mount Trail

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