# 21 - Battery Warren
1.2 miles, round-trip, out-and-back hike
Located on a high bluff of the Santee River, the
Battery Warren is an easy stroll to an earthen Civil
War fort that was used to block Union forces from
moving up the river. The hike is dotted with mixed
hardwood-pine forests and dogwoods. The original
embankments of the old fort are still visible today.
This hike is in the Francis Marion National Forest.
Difficulty: Easy, appropriate for any member of the family.
Distance: 1.2 miles, round-trip.
Time: Allow at least 1 hour to explore the old fort remains.
Trail Surface: Wide trail natural surface, sand/dirt and pine needles.
Trail Map (by Forest Service): Click HERE.
Crowds: Very light.
Precautions: Biting insects can be formidable in warmer months. Bring insect repellent. It's advised to wear "hunter's orange" or other bright colored clothing during hunting season.
Trailhead & Parking: Forest Rd. 204A, Francis Marion National Forest, Honey Hill area, Berkeley County. Google Maps recognizes "Battery Warren Interpretive Trail" and will take you to the trailhead parking area.
GPS Coordinates for Trailhead: 33.243523, -79.536625 or 33°14'36.7"N 79°32'11.9"W
Contacts: Francis Marion National Forest 843-336-2200.
Weather on the Trail: Click HERE
Hiking Through History: As mentioned in the hike summary, the Battery Warren is a Civil War era earthen fort meant to blockade Union troops from moving up the Santee River. The name comes from Colonel Samuel Warren, a local Revolutionary War hero and previous owner of the land where the battery was built.