South Carolina Lowcountry Refuges Complex

Low Country Complex Map

S.C. Lowcountry Refuges Complex encompass some of the most unique and biologically diverse wetland and upland ecosystems along the Atlantic Coast


The South Carolina Lowcountry Refuges Complex is home to four National Wildlife Refuges encompassing over 115,000 acres. All four refuges are located in the Lowcountry, a geographic and cultural area distinguished by low-lying lands that extend from the Atlantic coast to the western sandhills of the state. The refuges which comprise the complex include Cape Romain, Ernest F. Hollings ACE Basin, Santee, and Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuges. 

These refuges are composed of unparalleled habitats for the nation's wildlife, including one of only twenty Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network sites in both North and South America, one of the largest undeveloped estuarine wetland systems remaining along the U.S. Atlantic coast, a critically endangered longleaf pine forest ecosystem and, the only known coastal maritime sandhill community in the state of South Carolina.