Recreation

Recreation on the Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests is as varied as the South Carolina landscape from the mountains to the coast. Click a link to activity of your choice in the left column of this page to explore two forests full of opportunities! We'll post cautions and weather closures in the conditions report below, but please......

Motorcycle on forest trailCall Before You Haul!

Conditions may change quickly! Please check the Call Before You Haul telephone hotline at (803) 561-4025 for the most recent trail closures and openings. The hotline will provide you with the most current updates. Trails are frequently closed after prolonged or heavy rainfall when usage would result in resource damage. The website is updated on weekdays only. It is not updated on weekends or federal holidays.

Please note: The date recorded in the hotline trail report reflects the date the trail was opened or closed. The message will remain the same until the open/closed status changes.

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Beaver Dam Rifle Range    Beaver Dam Rifle Range will be closed June 19 and 20 so that maintenance crews can repair the dirt berms.
Cedar Springs OHV Trail    Please check the Call-Before-You-Haul hotline at 803-561-4025 for the latest updates on trail conditions before your visit.
Chattooga Wild and Scenic River Open to Visitor ATTENTION PADDLERS: HAZARD IN 5-FALLS! During the last year, a number of kayaks have been pinned in Right-Crack. Please be extra cautious around this river feature. Consider setting safety ropes below Corkscrew. Overflow Creek put-in, a westfork of the Chattooga put-in: a large portion of Forest Road 86 is closed due to a wash-out. This is the primary access to both the put-in and the take-out for Overflow Creek paddlers. There is a gate at both ends of the damaged road. Paddlers can park at the Warwoman campground on Forest Road 86 and easily walk to the common take-out bridge, about a 1/4- 1/2 mile.
Collins Creek Seasonal Camp    Collins Creek Camp will open Friday, September 12, 2014.
Elmwood Recreation Area Open to Visitor
Enoree OHV Trail    Please call the Call Before You Haul OHV hotline at 803-561-4025 for the latest trail updates before your visit.
Enoree Passage of the Palmetto Trail    The first bridge before mile marker 4 is out due to storm damage.  Trail users may find crossing impassable during high water.
Fairforest Rifle Range Open to Visitor Weekly Enoree Rifle Range Cleaning Closures
Forks Area Trail System Open to Visitor
Herbert Seasonal Camp Closed to Visitor Herbert Hunt Camp is closed.
Indian Creek Rifle Range Open to Visitor Weekly Enoree Rifle Range Cleaning Closures
Leeds Rifle Range Open to Visitor Weekly Enoree Rifle Range Cleaning Closures
Lick Fork Lake Recreation Area Open to Visitor Open seasonally May 1 through November 15.
Long Cane Horse Trail Open to Visitor A section of the trail is closed from Candy Branch (FS 518) to the east side of the bridge on Long Cane Creek (Point J). A new project is in the planning phase to improve the ford at Long Cane Creek. Please check back for updates on the section's reopening.
Parsons Mountain OHV Trail    Please check the Call-Before-You-Haul hotline at 803-561-4025 for the latest updates on trail conditions before your visit.
Parsons Mountain Recreation Area Open to Visitor Open seasonally May 1 through November 15.
Philson Crossroads Rifle Range Open to Visitor Philson Crossroads Range will be closed to the public on Monday, May 5 for a South Carolina Department of Corrections training exercise. Leeds, Fairforest and Indan creek ranges will remain open. Weekly Enoree Rifle Range Cleaning Closures
Poulous Loop Hunt Camp    Poulous Loop Campground opens Friday, Sept. 12, 2014
Rocky Branch Seasonal Camp    Rocky Branch Camp will open Friday, September 12, 2014.
Sedalia Campground Open to Visitor Sedalia Campground's back loop will open Friday, September 12, 2014.
Tuxbury Horse Trail Closed to Visitor Crews are evaluating storm damage on the trail. Please travel with caution in all storm-damaged forest areas.
Tyger River Canoe Trail    Gordon's Bridge is no longer open to public use. Please refer to the printable guide and vicinity map for alternative access points.
Wambaw Cycle Trail (North Loop)    Please call the OHV hotline at (803) 561-4025 for the trail closure status before you visit. Scheduled trail closures for dog hunt days:
North Loop September 26 October 11 October 25 November 12-13 December 13 December 26-27 South Loop September 27 October 8-9 November 21 November 29 December 13 December 29
Wambaw Cycle Trail (South Loop)    Please call the OHV hotline at 803-561-4025 for trail closure status before you visit.
North Loop September 26 October 11 October 25 November 12-13 December 13 December 26-27 South Loop September 27 September 27 October 8-9 November 21 November 29 December 13 December 29
Woods Ferry Recreation Area    Campground opens April 1, 2014. Day use, picnic area and boat ramp are open year round.

Spotlights

Buck Hall Recreation Area

Buckhall boatlaunch

This premier recreation area is situated on the site of the old Buck Hall plantation just six miles southeast of McClellanville. Its location on the Intracoastal Waterway provides the best access to Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, 65,000 acres of marsh, tidal creeks and beaches and Bulls Bay, the best area for shrimp baiting on the coast.

Click here for a printable guide and vicinity map.