Cape Romain: Home of Wildlife Wonders

A visit to Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge is a reminder of the fragility and wondrousness of the natural surroundings of the Lowcountry. The refuge is home to a diverse community of wildlife, and it manages and protects the ecosystems and industries that are vital to South Carolina.

Bird Refuge: Established in 1932 as a migratory bird refuge, Cape Romain is now made up of 66,287 acres of barrier islands, salt marshes, coastal waterways, beaches, and maritime forest. It is home to historic and recreational areas like Bulls Island and Lighthouse Island. One of the refuge’s main priorities is the threatened loggerhead sea turtle; it supports the largest loggerhead nesting population outside of Florida. It also serves as a captive facility for some of the last remaining red wolves in the world.

Bulls Island, located within the Refuge, is home to a variety of habitats teeming with songbirds, shorebirds, bald eagles, bobcats, deer, dolphins, otters, and American alligators. The island is made up of 16 miles of trails and seven miles of sandy beach, including the breathtaking “Boneyard Beach”, strewn with the skeletal-like remains of old, sun-bleached trees. The island is accessible only by boat. Coastal Expeditions runs year round, regular ferry service to the island, and offers trips for every activity – birding, kayaking and SUP, hiking, shelling, photography, crabbing and oystering, stargazing, historical and natural interpretation, lighthouse tours, and multi-day trips. Call them at 843.881.4582 for info or visit them online at

The Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center in Awendaw helps visitors learn about the Refuge and Forest by watching an orientation film, by walking a one mile loop trail with red wolf viewing area, swamp wetlands and pine forest and by seeing a live bee apiary and butterfly garden. 


Lunch: T. W. Graham & Co. Seafood Restaurant T. W. Graham & Co. has been serving both locals and visitors since 2003. Their lunch menu is full of fresh seafood like Steamed Local Baby Clams, Fried Crawfish Tails, and Gert’s Famous Crab Balls, favorite dishes like Fried Green Tomatoes, and standard fare like burgers and sandwiches.
810 Pinckney Street, McClellanville, SC 29458
Lunch: Tuesday – Sunday: 11 AM – 2:30 PM
Dinner: Thursday – Saturday: 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Hours subject to change call ahead:
Phone: 843.887.4342

Dinner: See Wee Restaurant
See Wee serves southern-style locally-sourced seafood, as well as local farm to table veggies and sides, and delicious homemade desserts! Menu items include many varieties of delicious seafood, prepared a number of ways, and there’s plenty for Land Lovers as well!
4808 Hwy 17 North, Awendaw, South Carolina 29429
Open: Monday – Thursday 11am – 8pm, Friday & Saturday 11am – 9:pm, Sunday 11am – 3pm
Hours subject to change call ahead:
Phone: 843.928.3609

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