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!

2019 Recreation Fee Increases

Sustainable Recreation

We'll post cautions and weather closures in the conditions report below, but please...

Motorcycle on forest trailOHV Riders - Call Before You Haul!

Conditions may change quickly! Please check the Call Before You Haul telephone hotline at  (803) 561-4025 for the most recent OHV trail closures and openings. Forks Area Trail System for off-road bicycles is also included. 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. Updates are made 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.

Enoree Weekly Rifle Range Cleaning Closures: Indian Creek and Leeds rifle ranges are closed Monday and Thursday 8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Philson Crossroads and Fairforest rifle ranges are closed Tuesday and Friday 8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Please call the Enoree Ranger District at (803) 276-4810 if you are interested in volunteering to clean up your rifle ranges.

Enoree Seasonal Hunting Camps: Collins Creek, Poulous Loop, Rocky Branch, and the seasonal loop of Sedalia Campground are open September-December for deer season and April for turkey season.

Piedmont OHV Trails Season: Enoree, Cedar Springs, and Parsons Mountain OHV Trails are open from the last Friday of March until the first Monday in January. Wambaw Cycle Trail is open year-round.

Upper Chattooga Season: Boating season on the Upper Chattooga is from December-April on the Upper Chattooga Wild and Scenic River corridor. Paddling is only allowed on this highly technical section of the river on days after flows reach 350 cfs or greater at the USGS Burrells Ford Gauge and only during daylight hours. 

Zoom in on the map below to see recreation areas on the Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Brick House Campground Open to Visitor Designated sites at Brick House Campground will open September 1, 2018 for seasonal use
Broad River    Broad River Boat Ramp is currently under water and inaccessible, we will notify the public when it reopens. 
Buck Hall Recreation Area Open to Visitor The Buck Hall Campground is open, but unfortunately, we are still experiencing water issues and have closed the bath houses temporarily.
We will update this site when they are back open and operational. There are portable toilets in the Day Use Area. Please bring water as it is not always available at all spigots. Thank you for your patience.
Buncombe Horse Trail Open to Visitor Sections of the Buncombe Horse Trail at Headley’s Branch where the Red/Blue-Yellow/Purple trails intersect are closed for bridge construction. (View map). Please use the temporary route to avoid heavy machinery and vehicles. If you are hiking the Enoree Passage on the Palmetto Trail it is between mile 8 and 10 on the Enoree Passage Map. Please stay on the temporary route. This work is anticipated to take 90 days, weather permitting. Please check this website for updates.
Cedar Creek Rifle Range Closed to Visitor The Cedar Creek Rifle Range on the Sumter National Forest near Walhalla is temporarily closed for repairs following severe flooding that hit the Mountains and Upstate on Friday. Crews will be working to repair the paved access path that was washed out during the storm. Anticipated reopening date for the rifle range is May 2. Call (864) 638-9568 for more information.
Cedar Springs OHV Trail Open to Visitor Before your visit, please call the Call Before You Haul Hotline at 803-561-4025 for current trail conditions and weather closures!  
Collins Creek Seasonal Camp Open to Visitor Seasonal Camping starts September 14, 2018, and will end, January 4th, all camping equipment will need to be removed and gates will be shut.
Elmwood Recreation Area Open to Visitor Open
Enoree OHV Trail Closed to Visitor Before your visit, please call the Call Before You Haul Hotline at 803-561-4025 for current trail conditions and weather closures!
Fell Camp Open to Visitor
Honey Hill Recreation Area Open to Visitor
Huger Recreation Area Open to Visitor
Lick Fork Lake Recreation Area    No water in the campground, water is available in the day use area.  November 15th, we will be closing the Lick Fork Lake for our winter Seasonal Closure.    
Morrow Bridge and Midway Seasonal Camps Open to Visitor
Parsons Mountain OHV Trail Open to Visitor Before your visit, please call the Call Before You Haul Hotline at 803-561-4025 for current trail conditions and weather closures!
Parsons Mountain Recreation Area Closed to Visitor Open seasonally May 1 through November 15. November 15th, we will be closing Parsons Mountain Recreation site for our winter Seasonal Closure.  
Poulous Loop Seasonal Camp Open to Visitor Seasonal Camping opens September 14th, 2018, and will end, January 4th, all camping equipment will need to be removed and gates will be shut.
Rocky Branch Seasonal Camp Open to Visitor Seasonal Camping starts September 14, 2018, and will end, January 4th, all camping equipment will need to be removed and gates will be shut.
Santee River Floodplain Wildlife Viewing Area   
Sedalia Campground Open to Visitor Seasonal Camping at designated sites at the back loop will open September 1, 2018 for seasonal use.
Sewee Shell Ring Boardwalk   
Twin Ponds Open to Visitor
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) Open to Visitor Further assessment needed
Wambaw Cycle Trail (South Loop) Open to Visitor
Woods Ferry Recreation Area Open to Visitor No drinking water is available in the picnic area, but can be found in camping loop A.

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.



https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/scnfs/recreation