Ernest F. Hollings ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge

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Ernest F. Hollings ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge

South Carolina

(843) 889-3084

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The ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge helps protect the largest undeveloped estuary along the Atlantic Coast, with rich bottomland hardwoods and fresh and salt water marsh offering food and cover to a variety of wildlife. ACE Basin stands for the Ashepoo, Combahee, and Edisto Rivers, which form the estuary and parts of the Refuge boundary. The entire basin encompasses more than 350,000 acres, of which the Refuge comprises just less than 12,000 acres.

Map of ACE Basin NWR

Latitude, Longitude: 32.692699, -80.391083



  • Fishing

    Fishing is allowed in season on specific areas of the refuge.

  • Hiking

    Look for a walking trail map.

  • Historic Sites

    The refuge's Grove Plantation House (1828) is one of only three antebellum mansions in the area to survive the Civil War. Occupied by Confederate troops, the house changed hands several times--a total of nine (9!) different owners from 1695 to 1825--after the war until it became refuge property in the 1990s. The Grove Plantation House and plantation was thus named in 1825 by George Washington Morris.

    Visitors can tour the first and second floors of the high-ceilinged National Register property, now used as office space. Outside the house, the refuge uses old rice fields as impoundments for waterfowl, controlling water levels with handmade, wooden rice-field trunks and flap gates, just as 19th-century landowners did. A new visitor contact station, expected to be finished in 2012, will offer more historic interpretation.

  • Hunting

    Deer Hunting is allowed on the refuge only as scheduled. There are several black powder hunts, bow hunts, and one mobility impaired hunt each year. The schedule is printed in the annual hunt brochure. Waterfowl Hunting is allowed during the state waterfowl hunting season, only in specific areas on the refuge and only during specific times as listed in the hunt brochure.


Refuge grounds are open daylight to dark year round. If front gate is closed, you may park and walk in to the refuge.



From Hwy. 17, take SC 174 (Signs will read "Edisto Beach" and "ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge"). Stay on SC 174 through Adams Run (174 will make a right turn in Adams Run). At the intersection with the flashing light (Signs will read "ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge"), turn right on to Willtown Road. Go approximately 2 miles, entrance road will be on the left (signs will read "ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge"). Office is located in the Plantation House approximately 2 miles down gravel road.

Phone Numbers


(843) 889-3084