Interpretive Trail

Fort Lamar
Department of Natural Resources Heritage Preserve

(Charleston County)


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.

Length: 0.2 mile one-way (including spur to point #6).

Fees: No fee.

Directions: 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.

Hours: Daily, dawn to dusk.

Camping: No camping.

Information: DNR Heritage Trust Program, P.O. Box 167, Columbia, SC, 29202, Telephone: 803-734-3886.

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Updated: August 3, 2007
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