Department of Natural Resources Heritage
Before you begin this very short, easy-walking, historic trail, pick up
a self-guided tour brochure from the kiosk near the Battle of
Secessionville Monument. Walk toward the trail sign and follow the
numbered markers that correspond with the brochure descriptions of what
once stood in those areas. Fort Lamar, originally known as Tower Battery
because of its 75-foot observation tower, was renamed for Colonel Thomas
G. Lamar who commanded Confederate troops at the fort during the battle
of Secessionville in 1862. After winding through open woods you will
reach a short loop where you can return the way you came. From the
parking area, you can also walk a short spur between the post and rail
fence to remnants of earthworks that are sheltered beneath the sprawling
oak trees. Watch for birds, snakes, and other wildlife.
Use caution as you walk from the parking area through
the right-hand gate and across the road to the trail. Insect repellent
is recommended during warm months. No facilities are available. The
houses around the site are private residences.
0.2 mile one-way (including spur to point #6).
From Charleston, drive west on US 17. At the intersection of US 17 South
and SC 171/SC 700, drive south on SC 171. Drive 5.4 miles and turn left
onto Grimball Road Extension. Drive .5 mile to the sign for Ft. Lamar
Heritage Preserve and bear right onto Old Military Road. Drive .3 mile
and turn left at the Ft. Lamar sign. Drive .8 mile and turn left into
either gate for the parking area.
Daily, dawn to dusk.
Trust Program, P.O. Box 167, Columbia, SC, 29202,
August 3, 2007
South Carolina State Trails Program
South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism
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