|Francis Marion National Forest - Sewee Shell Mound
|From Charleston, take U.S. Highway 17 north to Doar Road (SC Route 432-S). Turn right and go 2.5 miles to Salt Pond Road. Turn right on to Forest Road 243 and go 1/2 mile to the trailhead (which is on your right).
|Total Hike Distance:
|Roundtrip, Loop Hike
|Forest Road 243
|Sewee Shell Mound Interpretive Trail
|Backcountry Water Sources:
|U.S. Forest Service
|Sewee Visitor And Environmental Ed Center
5821 U.S. Highway 17 North
Awendaw, SC 29429
|Primary Paved Roads, Secondary Paved Roads, Maintained Gravel or Dirt Roads
|This is a loop hike that visits two ancient Indian sites that date back 4000 years. Hurricane Hugo devastated this area in 1989, and a wildfire ravaged the downed timber two years later in 1991. You can still see the remnants of the fire. The loop trail starts in the recovering coastal wood, then breaks out into the salt marsh on occassion with views to the Atlantic Intercoastal Waterway. It is a pleasant and interesting hike along the coast. Some other notes:
- the hike is flat as a pancake - very easy
- the main trail is a loop with two spurs leading to Indian sites. Backtrack from the spurs to the main loop.
- at both the Oyster Shell Ring and Clam Shell Mound there were hundreds of tiny crabs roaming the ground (that disappeared into tiny holes when I approached). My dog would have freaked out if I had him with me. The ground was moving with every step I took.
- I would not want to hike this area in the summer - too buggy - take insect repellent in warm weather
- the views out to the Intracoastal Waterway are very pretty, grassy flat area with the waterway in the background
- the Forest Service has placed somewhat worn but very informative trail signs on the route explaining details on the route and the Indian sites