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
Beaver Dam Rifle Range Open to Visitor
Boggy Head Rifle Range Open to Visitor 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 to Visitor All sites are first-come, first served. The campground has a vault toilet that is open.
Broad River Open to Visitor The Broad River Boat Ramp on the Enoree Ranger District in Union County is open. Call the Enoree Ranger District Office for the latest conditions at (803) 276-4810. Woods Ferry Boat Ramp is not accessible at this time to launch a boat. The boat ramp is heavily silted in and boaters are unable to access the Broad River.
Buck Hall Recreation Area Open to Visitor 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 to Visitor Effective March 24, 2020, the bathroom for Buncombe Horse Trail is closed.
Candy Branch Rifle Range Open to Visitor
Cassidy Bridge Hunt Camp Open to Visitor
Cedar Creek Rifle Range Open to Visitor Open
Cedar Springs OHV Trail    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 to Visitor  Check with recreation.gov for potential cancellations.  No first come, first served sites available.
Collins Creek Seasonal Camp Closed to Visitor Collins Creek is closed for the season as of May 3, 2021. The camp will reopen on Friday, September 10, 2021 and close January 4, 2022 for deer season.
Elmwood Recreation Area Open to Visitor
Enoree OHV Trail    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 to Visitor Call (803) 276-4810 for more information.
Fairforest Rifle Range Open to Visitor
Fell Camp Open to Visitor Effective June 5, 2020, Fell Camp is open. Water is available.
Forks Area Trail System Open to Visitor 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 to Visitor
Huger Recreation Area Closed to Visitor As of Aug. 10, 2020, Huger Recreation Area is closed. Check back on this website frequently for the latest conditions.
I'on Swamp Interpretive Trail Open to Visitor
Indian Creek Rifle Range Open to Visitor
Jericho Horse Trail   
Leeds Rifle Range Open to Visitor
Lick Fork Lake Recreation Area Open to Visitor Lick Fork Lake Recreation Area is open as of May 1, 2021. Water is available in the day use area.  Restrooms are available in the campground.
Morrow Bridge and Midway Seasonal Camps Closed to Visitor Midway and Morrow Bridge Hunt Camps are closed for the season. Both campgrounds will reopen September 2021.
Parsons Mountain OHV Trail    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 to Visitor Parsons Mountain Recreation Area is open as of May 1, 2021. Water will be temporarily unavailable. We are in the process of finishing up modifications to the water system at Parsons Mountain and we will restore water availability as soon as possible. Once water is restored at Parsons Mountain it will be accessible at the campground host site on the right side of the road as you enter the recreation area. New restroom facilities will be installed later this year in the day-use area.
Philson Crossroads Rifle Range Open to Visitor
Poulous Loop Seasonal Camp Closed to Visitor Effective March 24, 2020, Poulous Loop campground will remain closed. Seasonal Camping at other locations on the Forest opens for turkey season March 26, 2021, and close May 3, 2021, and for deer season September 10, 2021 through January 4, 2022; all camping equipment will need to be removed and gates will be shut when the seasonal camps close.
Rocky Branch Seasonal Camp Closed to Visitor Rocky Branch is closed for the season as of May 3, 2021. The camp will reopen on Friday, September 10, 2021 and close January 4, 2022 for deer season.
Santee River Floodplain Wildlife Viewing Area   
Sedalia Campground Open to Visitor Sedalia campground will reopen March 26, 2021, for turkey season. Potable water has been restored. The Seasonal Camping loop is closed as of May 3, 2021. The seasonal loop will reopen on Friday, September 10, 2021 and close January 4, 2022 for deer season.
Sewee Shell Ring Boardwalk Closed to Visitor The boardwalk is closed due to storm damage. The parking lot, trail and clam ring are still open for hiking.
Twin Ponds Open to Visitor
Twin Ponds Rifle Range 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)    When the trail is open, the restrooms will be closed, and camping is not permitted at this time. 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)    When the trail is open, the restrooms will be closed, and camping is not permitted at this time. 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 to Visitor Check with Recreation.gov for potential cancellations. No first come first serve sites available.
Woods Ferry Recreation Area Open to Visitor Drinking water at Woods Ferry Recreation Area is available. The boat ramp remains closed. As of April 8, 2021, Woods Ferry campground and picnic area are open. The boat launch remains closed.

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