SC History Trail

Awendaw Sewee Shell Mound

An ancient pre-Columbian Native-American historic site, the Sewee Shell Mound is accessed by a hiking trail in Francis Marion National Forest. Visitors may begin their tour at the Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center, located at 5821 U.S. 17 North, in the town of Awendaw.


Awendaw Sewee Shell Mound
5821 Highway 17 North, Awendaw, SC 29429
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Phone: 843-928-3368
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Site Description
Located approximately 18 miles north of Charleston in Awendaw, the Sewee Shell Mound is a pre-Columbian Native-American historical site. It is accessed by a one-mile interpretative hiking trail in the Francis Marion National Forest. Although weathered by time and Hurricane Hugo in 1989, the shell rings are easily visible. They are believed to be an ancient trash pile of oyster shells discarded by early Native Americans hundreds, or even several thousand years ago, although some theories suggest the shell rings had ceremonial purposes.

Located adjacent to a preserved freshwater marsh, the site may be examined from a 120-foot-long National Forest Service boardwalk, which also features five interpretive stops. Directions and details are available at the nearby Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center in Awendaw.
Access and Admission
Site Access: Public
Access Description: Public access, scheduled tours and events.
Average Viewing Time: 1 - 2 Hours
Tours and Events
Guided Tours: Yes