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Culminating along 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.

The trail highlights the Battery Warren, a Civil War earthen fort meant to blockade Union forces from moving up the Santee River. The site is eligible for the National Register of Historic Landmarks. Its name comes from Colonel Samuel Warren, who was a local revolutionary war hero and previous owner of the land where the battery is built. The embankments of the old fort are still visible today.

Directions: From Charleston, take US Hwy. .17 north toward McClellanville and the intersection of SC Hwy. 45, at the caution light. Turn left and drive 10 miles to Honey Hill. Turn right at SC Route 103-S and continue for 1/2 mile to Echaw Road (Forest Service Road 204). Turn onto Echaw Road and go 3 miles to Forest Service Road 204-A. Turn left and continue 1 mile to the trailhead.

Distance: 1.0 miles

Difficulty: Easy

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Francis Marion National Forest, South Carolina

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