High Hills of Santee in Sumter County was named for the high, sandy ridges that are part of the Sandhills geographical region. These rolling hills are the remains of an ancient ocean shoreline found in the Carolinas and Georgia. Over time, the beach sand and shells transformed into rock, called coquina, which can be seen today throughout Poinsett State Park. In the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps used the native stone to build many structures in the park. The highest point in Poinsett is about 130 feet above the adjacent Wateree Swamp. The views are impressive and the mosquitoes less bothersome than in the swamp. From Poinsett, the passage follows ridges through the pines and hardwoods in Manchester State Forest south to Mill Creek County Park. Birdwatching includes the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker.
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WHEN: June 25, 2022
Time: 9:00 AM
WHERE: High Hills Passage
Meeting Spot: Main Parking Lot by the Lake at Poinsett State Park
LENGTH: 2.5 Miles
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