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Fort Sumter was originally built as a part of the Third System of seacoast defense, a series of forts built in response to the War of 1812. The site is packed with history; in 1861, the fort was attacked by the Confederate army, launching America into the Civil War.

By the end of the war, the three-tiered brick and masonry structure was destroyed. The fort was rebuilt and served as a lighthouse and again as a military site. Today, the atmosphere is tranquil, and you can visit Fort Sumter via a ferry tour. The fort, located on an island, consists of a museum with exhibits about the siege and local Civil War events, a bookstore, and an outdoor space where you can view the scenery and the resident bird species. The monument includes Fort Moultrie on Sullivan's Island and an education center in Charleston.

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Getting Outdoors

With an RV rental near Fort Sumter, you can explore several of coastal South Carolina's stunning natural areas. ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge is an undeveloped wetland ecosystem that once supported rice-growing plantations. Today, this important wildlife refuge sustains species with fresh and saltwater marshes providing food, and bottomland hardwood tree stands for shelter. Hunting is still allowed in season, and you can fish in the park; other activities include nature and wildlife viewing, hiking the trails and observation decks, photography, picnicking, and more.

Santee Coastal Reserve is a wildlife management area that is open to the public year-round from daybreak until dusk. The landscape includes marshland, freshwater cypress swamp, stands of pine trees, rivers, and an old rice plantation. There are two islands within the park that can be accessed by boat. You can enjoy hiking and nature observation when you visit, and there are several marked trails guiding you through some of the various ecosystems.

Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge is a multi-use nature preserve that is spread out over several counties. It has a diverse landscape divided by the Waccamaw, Great Pee Dee, and Little Pee Dee rivers; the landscape consists of upland forest and a variety of wetlands. There are tidal rice fields, black water flood plains, and alluvial flood plains; much of the floodplains are forested. The refuge is a good choice if you're interested in wildlife observation and environmental education. It's also a good destination for photographers, bird watchers, and hikers.

Camping near Fort Sumter National Monument

Though camping at Fort Sumter isn't an option, there are several campgrounds and RV parks near Charleston. Lake Aire RV Park & Campground is a pet-friendly RV campground in Hollywood, with a swimming pool for those hot summer days, an on-site fishing lake, a playground, and a lake with a nature trail around it. The campground is close to downtown Charleston and many of the local attractions you'll want to visit; some of the campsites have pull-through access and full hookups.

The Campground at James Island County Park is a family-friendly RV campground in Charleston that is open year-round and only a short distance from the city's downtown area. The property has a shuttle bus that will take you there if you don't want to have to deal with parking. The campground's roads are paved, and there is a laundromat, a full-service campground store that sells propane, ice, and firewood, and a dump station. Some of the sites have full hookups and pull-through access, fire rings, and picnic tables.

Exploring the Area

While you're camping in Charleston, there are several unique cities to check out. John's Island is one of the largest islands in Charleston County and on the Eastern U.S. coast; it was named after a parish in Barbados. The community has several interesting landmarks; Fenwick Hall, a wind farm, and Angel Oak Tree, an enormous tree that is several hundred years old. There is a water park, a wellness center, and several breweries where you can sample the products. Eating out in John's Island offers you a range of choices, from inexpensive cafes to fine dining; the cuisine is mostly North American style food with a few alternatives. You can opt for seafood, steakhouses, bakeries, and even an ice cream parlor.

Mount Pleasant is a large suburban town, one of the largest in South Carolina. It is linked to the city of Charleston by the Ravenel Bridge and home to the USS Yorktown, a naval ship turned museum. The city has numerous parks for you to enjoy, including a water park and several important landmarks. Patriots Park has a naval and maritime museum and a Cold War submarine exhibit. The city also has an extensive restaurant industry, with something for everyone.

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