Sumter National Forest

Horseback/Phillip Jordan photo The Sumter National Forest consists of three ranger districts (Enoree, Long Cane and Andrew Pickens) that comprise nearly 371,000 acres. It is unlike many forests in that its three ranger districts share no contiguous boundaries.

In the piedmont, the Enoree Ranger District has gained national recognition for outstanding work in natural resource management on the Indian Creek Wildlife Habitat Restoration Initiative. The Long Cane Ranger District is home to the Forks Area Trail System, a nationally-known mountain biking trail network. Both districts offer outstanding hiking, boating, hunting and equestrian opportunities.

The Andrew Pickens Ranger District is located in the mountainous western edge of the state, with elevations ranging from 800 to 3,400 feet. Certainly one of its crown jewels is the wild and scenic Chattooga River, a popular whitewater and angling destination. The Ellicott Rock Wilderness offers opportunities for solitude and primitive camping. The Andrew Pickens District has numerous waterfalls and hiking trails to satisfy every challenge level.

Camping/Phillip Jordan photo