History & Culture

A 1936 presidential proclamation created the Francis Marion and Sumter national forests, but the rich history of life on parts of these forests reaches back 12,000 years. 




Sewee Shell Ring Interpretive Trail

The mystique surrounding the area emcompassed by this one-mile, self-guided interpretive trail dates back 4,000 years. The trail begins along a shady lane of trees which opens into an area heavily influenced by the forces of nature and man. A large protion of the area was scarred by Hurricane Hugo and wildfire. It is a picture of a land in recovery. ( more)

Battery Warren Interpretive Trail

Culminating in a high bluff of the Santee River, the Battery Warren Trail traverses mixed hardwood-pine forests dotted with dogwoods and leads visitors on a trip back in time to the era of the Civil War. ( more)

I'on Swamp Interpretive Trail

A fascinating walk through a wetland world, this historic, self-guided interpretive trail traverses embankments built by humans dating back to the 1700s. The embankments and ditches were built to create a patchwork of fields or impoundments for rice production during the lucrative rice era of the low country. ( more)