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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!

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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, Rocky Branch, and the seasonal loop of Sedalia Campground are open September-December for deer season and April for turkey season. Users must use the Scan and Pay system available on the recreation.gov mobile app to pay for seasonal hunting campsites.

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. 

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Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Recreation Conditions Report

Area Name Status Area Conditions
Beaver Dam Rifle Range Open
Boggy Head Rifle Range Open Boggy Head Rifle Range will be CLOSED Saturday, February 5th, for the Palmetto Pride 15th Year Annual Cleanup. Please observe all safety rules, use only paper targets and pack out all trash. Please call 843-336-2200 for more information.
Brick House Campground Open The campground has a vault toilet that is open.
Broad River Open Call the Enoree Ranger District Office for the latest conditions at (803) 276-4810.
Buck Hall Recreation Area Open The day use bathroom at Buck Hall Recreation area is closed due to a backed up septic tank. Once the septic tank is pumped the day use bathroom will reopen. Please keep the area clean and dispose of all trash and waste responsibly. Check back on this website and our Facebook page frequently for the latest conditions.
Buncombe Horse Trail Open Effective March 24, 2020, the bathroom for Buncombe Horse Trail is closed.
Candy Branch Rifle Range Open
Cassidy Bridge Hunt Camp Open
Cedar Creek Rifle Range Open Open
Cedar Springs OHV Trail None Trail conditions change frequently. Before your visit, please call the Call Before You Haul Hotline at 803-561-4025 for the latest trail conditions and weather closures! During open season, trail has wet weather closure policy in place—trail will be closed quickly to prevent resource damage from riding on wet trails.
Cherry Hill Recreation Area Open  Check with recreation.gov for potential cancellations.  No first come, first served sites available.
Collins Creek Seasonal Camp Open Collins Creek is is available during the month of April for turkey season.
Elmwood Recreation Area Open
Enoree OHV Trail None Conditions permitting, the Enoree OHV trail will open for the season March 25, 2022. Trail conditions change frequently. Before your visit, please call the Call Before You Haul Hotline at 803-561-4025 for the latest trail conditions and weather closures! The Enoree OHV Trail has a wet weather closure policy in place—trails will be closed quickly to prevent resource damage from riding on wet trails.
Enoree Passage of the Palmetto Trail Open
Fairforest Rifle Range Open
Fell Camp Open Effective June 5, 2020, Fell Camp is open. Water is available.
Forks Area Trail System Open Trail conditions change frequently. FATS has a wet weather closure policy in place—trails will be closed quickly to prevent resource damage from riding on wet trails. Before your visit, please call the Call Before You Haul Hotline at 803-561-4025 for the latest trail conditions and weather closures!
Honey Hill Recreation Area Open
Huger Recreation Area Open The Huger Recreation Area restroom is closed at this time.
I'on Swamp Interpretive Trail Open
Indian Creek Rifle Range Open
Jericho Horse Trail None
Leeds Rifle Range Open
Lick Fork Lake Recreation Area Open Lick Fork Lake Recreation Area is now open, effective April 29, 2022.  New vault toilet is available in the campground.
Morrow Bridge and Midway Seasonal Camps Temporarily Closed Both campgrounds are closed and will reopen for the fall deer season September 2022.
Parsons Mountain OHV Trail None Trail conditions change frequently. Before your visit, please call the Call Before You Haul Hotline at 803-561-4025 for the latest trail conditions and weather closures! During open season, trail has wet weather closure policy in place—trail will be closed quickly to prevent resource damage from riding on wet trails.
Parsons Mountain Recreation Area Open Parsons Mountain Recreation Area is now open, effective April 29, 2022. A new restroom facility have been completed in the day-use area for public use.
Philson Crossroads Rifle Range Open
Poulous Loop Group Camp Open
Rocky Branch Seasonal Camp Open Rocky Branch is available during the month of April for turkey season.
Santee River Floodplain Wildlife Viewing Area None
Sedalia Campground Open Potable water has been restored. The seasonal loop will reopen during April 2022.
Sewee Shell Ring Boardwalk Open Sewee Shell Ring Trail has reopened.
Twin Ponds Open
Twin Ponds Rifle Range Open
Tyger River Canoe Trail None 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) None Visitors are responsible for their own safety. Trail conditions change frequently! Before your visit, please call the Call Before You Haul Hotline at 803-561-4025 for the latest trail conditions and weather closures.
Wambaw Cycle Trail (South Loop) None Visitors are responsible for their own safety. Trail conditions change frequently! Before your visit, please call the Call Before You Haul Hotline at 803-561-4025 for the latest trail conditions and weather closures.
Whetstone Horse Camp Open Check with Recreation.gov for potential cancellations. No first come first serve sites available.
Woods Ferry Recreation Area Open Drinking water at Woods Ferry Recreation Area is available. As of August 27, 2021, Woods Ferry campground, picnic area, and boat launch are open.

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.

Recreation Areas