Santee National Wildlife Refuge, just n.w. off I-95 exit 102 to 2125 Fort Watson Rd., is an approximately 15,000-acre sanctuary for migratory waterfowl and songbirds. The refuge consists of four non-contiguous areas, each with hiking and biking paths. Wildlife exhibits are offered at the visitor center, which features an observation deck overlooking Scott's Lake. Mounted binoculars on the deck also afford views of the Santee Indian Burial Mound. A small plaque points out the location where Fort Watson, which was built by the British in the Revolutionary War, once stood.
The Cuddo Unit is home to a 7.5-mile Wildlife Drive, which traverses through open field, upland forests, bottomland swamps, and freshwater wetlands.
Picnicking and canoeing are permitted, hunting is allowed in refuge-designated seasons, and fishing is available year-round in designated areas; phone for more information.
Recreational activities are permitted. Picnicking is permitted.