Recreation

New/increased recreation fees proposed

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!

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
Buncombe Horse Trail   
Cedar Creek Rifle Range Open to Visitor Cedar Creek is now open Thursdays-Sundays. 
Lick Fork Lake Recreation Area    No water in the campground, water is available in the day use area.  
Sewee Shell Ring Boardwalk    Sewee Shell Ring Trail is currently open. However, elevated-marsh boardwalk is closed due to damage sustained from Hurricane Mathew. 
Swamp Fox Passage/Palmetto Trail    Due to severe weather the bridge and dike have washed out on the Cane Gully section of trail between Mile Marker 39 and Cane Gully State Road 97. Please follow the arrows and hiker symbol for DETOUR!
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)    Long loop closed until further notice due to damage from Hurricane Mathew. Short loop is open. Please call the Call Before you Haul hotline before you travel to check for trail conditions and closures. 803 561 4025   
Wambaw Cycle Trail (South Loop)    Long loop closed until further notice due to damage from Hurricane Mathew. Short loop is open. Please call the Call Before you Haul hotline before you travel to check for trail conditions and closures. 803 561 4025   

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.