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Indian Shell RingInside the Forest Preserve

Make sure to visit the 4,000 years old Native American site nestled inside the Forest Preserve. This unique ring, one of only 20 still remaining, is a national treasure now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Once inside the Sea Pines Plantation ($5 all day guest pass per car) admission to the Natural Wonder Forest Preserve and Indian Shell Ring is free.

The Shell Ring interior was kept clear and used as a common area. Most likely people from different clans gathered for feasts, celebrations and trade. They brought food and items not commonly found on the island. The Indians chose this site on purpose. Nearby they could easily harvest shellfish and fish from what once was a salt marsh – part of a tidal basin that joined the Atlantic Ocean near present day Sea Pines Beach Lagoon.