Francis Marion Wambaw OHV Trail Open

Following extensive repairs, the Wambaw OHV Trail is once again open to the public.  Heavy flooding and hurricane damage in 2015 and 2016 caused extensive damage, and large sections of the trail, including the entire Northern Loop, remained closed during restoration. Repair activities included addressing drainage issues, rebuilding sections washed out by flooding, and heavy grooming to eliminate whoops and ruts. Fees collected at the trailhead as well as a grant from the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism’s ‘Recreational Trails Program’ or RTP funded repair costs.

The Francis Marion National Forest is looking for volunteers to assist with maintenance on the trail in the future.  Volunteers that assist during certified work outings may be eligible for waived use fees including complimentary seasonal passes.  For more information about volunteering, contact Wade Tait, Recreation Management Specialist:


Call Before You Hall: Trail conditions may change, and trail closures can happen on short notice due to weather or damage. To check the status of the trail call the OHV Hotline (803) 561-4025 for the most up-to-date information or check the forest website at

Directions: From Charleston, take US Highway 17 North to Steed Creek Road (SC Route 133-S). Turn left and drive 5.0 miles to Halfway Creek Road (SC Route 98-S). Turn right and continue 6.0 miles to Trailhead on the left.

For more information on the Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests and its district offices, visit We hope you enjoy your visit to a SC forests!