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! 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. 

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Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Buncombe Horse Trail    The creek crossing at Headleys Creek is still closed while waiting on funds to purchase a bridge to be placed in this location. 
Candy Branch Rifle Range    Candy Branch Rifle Range is closed until further notice due to heavy rain washing out the culvert. No estimated time to reopen is known at this time as options are explored.  Beaver Dam Rifle Range is open and available for visitors. 
Cedar Creek Rifle Range Closed to Visitor Cedar Creek closed March 9, 2017 for several weeks to allow crews time to repair and revegetate the site. Please check our homepage 'Alerts' for updates.
Foothills National Recreation Trail    Due to wildfire damage at White Water Falls, the Foothills Trail will be closed from NC Hwy 281 to the Bad Creek Access. Hikers can detour around this section of trail on Bad Creek Road which is just south of the trail. Detour maps have been posted at the trail junctions. 
Lick Fork Lake Recreation Area    We currently have no water in the campground. We do not know when water will be restored. The vault toilets in the campground and over by the boat ramp are open and available.
Long Cane Horse Trail    A section of the trail is closed from Candy Branch (FS 518) to the east side of the bridge on Long Cane Creek (Point J). A new project is in the planning phase to improve the ford at Long Cane Creek. Please check back for updates on the section's reopening.
Sewee Shell Ring Interpretive Trail    Closed until further notice due to damage from Hurricane Matthew.
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!
Twin Ponds Rifle Range    The FMS worked with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources to renovate and repair the Twin Ponds Rifle Range that was damaged by a tropical storm earlier this summer and was repaired and was ready for its grand opening when Hurricane Matthew destroyed the project yet again. The two agencies are working cooperatively to get the project completed for a third time. Funding has been found and it is in contracting now. Updates will be posted by website, social media, and the Call-Before-You-Haul hotline at 803-561-4025. 
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)    Closed until further notice due to damage from Hurricane Matthew.
Wambaw Cycle Trail (South Loop)    Please call the Call Before You Haul hotline before you travel to check for trail conditions or closures 803 561 4025.
Woods Ferry Horse Trail    Through efforts of the Woods Ferry Horse Trail Club, volunteers have collected dollars this year to keep the WF camping Loop A open. The collected dollars will fund a portable toilet rental so that WF camping Loop A will remain open through the normal winter closure. This year camping loop A will not close on October 31st, 2016. It will remain open but there will be a change in amenities at the site. The following is a schedule of services;
  • October 31st, 2016 WF camping loop B will be closed and water to the picnic area will be turned off. Remember the picnic area has a vault toilet and it remains open through the winter months for the use of the boat ramp for duck hunting and fishing.
  • WF campground Loop A bathhouse will be closed on Wednesday, November 16th. At this point a rental toilet will be provided through donations from the WF Horse Trail Club. Water to the faucets for drinking and horse water will still be provided through the winter months, but we won’t have the bathhouse to heat.
  • April 1st, all facilities will be reopened for the season; Loop A bathhouse, Loop B camping and bathhouse, and the picnic area water faucets.

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.