Recreation Passes & Permits

Permits are required for the following activities on the Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests: day-use parking; camping; motorized trails; and Chattooga River boating.

Where does my fee money go? Check out the Recreation Fee Program Accomplishment Highlights for 2014.

Day Use

Self-service permits are required at a few select areas across the forests. They include day use at Buck Hall Recreation Area, Parsons Mountain Lake Recreation Area, Lick Fork Lake Recreation Area, Fell Camp Trailhead and Buncombe Trailhead. Year-long passes are available for $25 per vehicle (contact district office for these), or a daily self-service fee of $3 per vehicle except at Buck Hall where the fee is $5 per vehicle.


Camping at established campgrounds and campsites across the forests will generally require a nightly self-service camping fee per family/group. There are some exceptions on the Andrew Pickens Ranger District and the Francis Marion National Forest where some campsites are free and can be obtained on a first come, first served basis. Seasonal camps on the Enoree and Long Cane districts can also be reserved and on a monthly or seasonal basis. Contact the district office for more information.

Motorized Trails

There are four motorized trails on the Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests: Wambaw Cycle Trail on the Francis Marion; Enoree OHV on the Enoree; and Parsons Mountain and Cedar Springs OHV trails on the Long Cane. Each trail requires a $5 self-service fee per motorized trail vehicle per day or a $50 annual pass per motorized trail vehicle. Contact one of the districts if you are interested in the annual pass.

Chattooga River Boating

A free self-service permit is required for each boating group on the Chattooga Wild and Scenic River. These are obtained at self-service stands located at the river access points.