Welcome to the Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests!
Check out the May Events going on at Sewee Visitor and Environmental Ed Center on the Francis Marion. Fun for the family!
Be a trail sherpa for a day! We need help to haul materials down Yellow Branch Falls Trail for a ! A crackerjack crew of SECC traildawgs will make the repairs, but only if we can supply them the materials! Learn more.
Please call the Call-Before-You-Haul Hotline for the latest conditions and weather-related closures before you make the trip! Dial 803-561-4025.
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Four ranger districts in South Carolina: the Andrew Pickens, the Enoree and the Long Cane districts on the Sumter National Forest; and the Francis Marion District on the Francis Marion National Forest offer recreational activities as diverse as their terrain--whether you prefer to hike to a mountain waterfall or paddle a lowcountry swamp wilderness.
You might mountain bike the epic Forks Area Trail System on the Long Cane, or paddle and fish the Wild and Scenic Chattooga River on the Andrew Pickens district. Saddle up and explore a horse trail on any district, or unload your ATV or dirt bike and hone your skills on one of four OHV trails.
The Intracoastal Waterway begs to be explored from Buck Hall boat launch on the Francis Marion, or perhaps you’d prefer to paddle, hunt or fish the three rivers on the Enoree Ranger District. Nine rifle ranges will help maintain your aim for hunting season. There are hiking trails, campgrounds and picnic areas, a human-made shell ring built 4000 years ago, fishing rodeos and waterfowl hunts for youths and disabled visitors, and an environmental education center that sponsors monthly programs for kids and adults to share the wonders of both the national forest and Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge.
Where would you like to go first? Click on the interactive map to locate the district you'd like to visit. Or click on any of the headings in the column to the left for drop-down menus and links to more detail about recreation opportunities, maps, resource management, volunteering and much more!
Echoes of prehistoric indians mingle with those of Revolutionary and Civil war soldiers and early farmers across the forests. Learn about the remarkable history of the Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests.