South Fork Management Unit (SFMU)

(Hayfork and Platina areas)

(Tom Hall, District Ranger) - The large variety in terrain and ecosystems that exist on the South Fork Management Unit (SFMU) provide for a wide range of recreational opportunities.

The SFMU is based in Hayfork and contains the Hayfork and Yolla Bolla Ranger Districts. The SFMU encompasses over 590,000 acres. Three major streams from the primary watersheds within this area; the South Fork of the Trinity River, Hayfork Creek and Beegum Creek.

The SFMU is bounded along its western side by South Fork Mountain, one of the longest continuous ridgelines in North America. At the southern end of the unit are the Yolla Bolla Mountains and one of two wilderness areas with the unit, the Yolla Bolla/ Middle Eel Wilderness. Situated along the eastern side of the SFMU is the Chanchelulla Wilderness. The northern end of the unit is bounded by a series of ridgelines and peaks that include Pattison Peak, Hayfork Bally and Hayfork Divide.

The Chanchelulla Wilderness is the second of the two wilderness areas in the South Fork Management Unit, which provides opportunity for wilderness hiking and camping.

The South Fork of the Trinity is a rich resource with its serene beauty and its many recreational opportunities.

The large variety in terrain and ecosystems that exist in this area provides for a wide range of recreational opportunities. From old historic Ranger Station Cabin Rentals, developed tent / RV campsite facilities with running water and toilets, to tent camping at various undeveloped sites, all the way to true wilderness in two wilderness areas, a 40+ mile wild and scenic river corridor or numerous roadless areas. With this wide range of recreational opportunities, you should be able to find just the right one for your interests.