Santee, SC is not only recognized for the ultimate Golf and Fishing experiences, but also for its diverse outdoor recreation that will quench the thirst of any outdoor enthusiast during a stay at our Santee Hotel.
Santee is the ideal place for friends, family and fun and is noted for its natural beauty and wildlife!
Located in South Carolina’s well-known Santee Cooper Country, Santee State Park sits along Lake Marion. South Carolina locals know the lake for its abundant population of large catfish. Activities found in the park include the Village Round, a community meeting building with a large, screened-in grilling facility, biking and hiking trails and pontoon boat tours of the flooded cypress forest on Lake Marion.
The refuge is located on the north shore of Lake Marion, the largest lake in South Carolina. It is a major wintering area for ducks and geese, as well as a nesting and stopover area for neo-tropical migratory birds, raptors, shore birds, and wading birds.
Endangered/ species on the refuge include the American alligator and the wood stork. Numerous other species of wildlife are indigenous to this area. Public use opportunities include: a visitors center, walking trails, an auto tour route, wildlife observation and photography, hunting,and fishing.
Come and enjoy the South Carolina Lowcountry’s “real swamp” experience!! The National Audubon Society’s Francis Beidler Forest, located in Four Holes Swamp, SC within its 16,000+ acres you will find the largest remaining stand of virgin Bald Cypress and Tupelo Gum swamp forest left anywhere in the world. You will also see 1,000-year-old trees and native wildlife abound in a pristine sanctuary that has been untouched for millennia. A 1.75-mile self-guided tour along the boardwalk trail allows visitors the chance to safely venture deep into the heart of the swamp.
Audubon Center & Sanctuary at Francis Beidler Forest
Come and enjoy the South Carolina’s Lowcountry’s “real swamp” experience. The National Audubon Society’s and Beidler Forest is the largest virgin cypress-tupelo swamp forest in the world. This 15,000 acres riverine sanctuary in the heart of Four Holes Swamp, embraces 1,800 acres of ancient trees that tower over blackwater streams, clear pools and 300 species of wildlife. A 1 3/4 mile long boardwalk, with nine rest stops and two rain shelters, takes visitors into the heart of the old-growth cypress-tupelo swamp. The swamp forest is home to 44 species of mammals, 140 species of birds, 39 species of fish, 50 species of reptiles, 40 species of amphibian and various creatures.
The town of Elloree is highly recognized as one of the top places to shop for unique antiques and historic collectables. Rich in history, the Elloree Old Town District is home to circa 1900’s buildings that house arts and crafts, antique shops, gift boutiques, an art gallery, coffee shops, as well as the Elloree Heritage Museum & Cultural Center. Each March the town is the setting for the Elloree Trials Horse Race for thoroughbreds and quarter horses. The town is also the home of bi-annual antiques festivals, bi-annual trash and treasures sales, the annual Winter Lights festival, and the Pork Fest.
The Elloree Heritage Museum & Cultural Center is an exciting and educational view of South Carolina’s rural past! The museum portrays rural life when the Town of Elloree was founded by William J. Snider. Mr. Snider welcomes visitors to Elloree and sends them on a tour of Cleveland Street as it appeared in 1900 with recreated stores, bank, and hotel. Visitors also explore a plantation cotton gin, learn how cotton is grown, picked, and ginned today. All who visit the museum soon come to understand why our town is named Elloree, the Native American word for “The Home I Love.”
Old Santee Canal is a 195-acre park located on the site of the first true canal in America. The park, on the historic Stony Landing Plantation, has been an important site for trade and transportation since colonial times. It served as an early trading post with the Native Americans, and the first semi-submersible torpedo boat, CSS Little David, was built on the plantation. Old Santee Canal Park offers its visitors a glimpse at the events that shaped our lives and our communities as we know them today.