Welcome to the Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests
From mountains to sea
Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests has everything to offer from the Appalachian Mountains to the piedmont pine forests to the Intracoastal Waterway
Getting to Know Your Forest
Four ranger districts in South Carolina: the Andrew Pickens, the Enoree and the Long Cane districts on the Sumter National Forest; and the Francis Marion District on the Francis Marion National Forest offer recreational activities as diverse as their terrain--whether you prefer to hike to a mountain waterfall or paddle a lowcountry swamp wilderness.
You might mountain bike the epic Forks Area Trail System on the Long Cane, or paddle and fish the Wild and Scenic Chattooga River on the Andrew Pickens district. Saddle up and explore a horse trail on any district, or unload your ATV or dirt bike and hone your skills on one of four OHV trails.
The Intracoastal Waterway begs to be explored from Buck Hall boat launch on the Francis Marion, or perhaps you’d prefer to paddle, hunt or fish the three rivers on the Enoree Ranger District. Nine rifle ranges will help maintain your aim for hunting season. There are hiking trails, campgrounds and picnic areas, a human-made shell ring built 4,000 years ago, fishing rodeos and waterfowl hunts for youths and disabled visitors, and an environmental education center that sponsors monthly programs for kids and adults to share the wonders of both the national forest and Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge.
Where would you like to go first?
Interactive Visitor Map: Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests
Get a bird's eye view of the Sewee Shell Ring trail with drone footage capturing the area.
You're invited to take part in the drawings for youth turkey hunts on the Tibwin tracts of Francis Marion National Forest. Youth Hunt application deadlines is March 15, and the Youth Hunt takes place on April 13.
The Andrew Pickens Ranger District of the Sumter National Forest is seeking proposals from businesses, individuals, or organizations interested in offering outfitting and guiding services within the Chattooga Wild and Scenic River Corridor.
The Forest Service asks interested parties to submit their proposal either hard copy or electronic file. The electronic file must be in a Microsoft Office program or a PDF file and emailed to: email@example.com. Please provide the following in your proposal:
- A cover letter expressing your interests in this opportunity.
- Proposed Activity—a complete description of the proposal utilizing the submission form attached.
Gunrise Farms is a small hunting preserve in Newberry County, South Carolina, where landscape changes are taking place. Ty Holland, the owner, was drawn to the area because of its proximity to the Sumter National Forest, a focal area for restoring South Carolina’s pine savannas and bobwhite quail populations. Holland is usually busy assisting hunters or fixing farm equipment. However, he has also taken on another important role, conservation.
Alerts & Warnings
- Andrew Pickens Ranger District conducting Prescribed Burn today
- Long Cane district office reopening in new location
- Check the Call Before You Haul hotline before riding our OHV trails
- $5.7 Million Planned to Restore South Carolina Piedmont Streams, Water Quality
- FSR 374 (Hunting Fork Rd) closed
- America the Beautiful passes unavailable at Supervisor's & Long Cane offices
- Damaged bridges along the Enoree Passage of Palmetto Trail; exercise caution
- Please be aware of open well hazards on Sumter National Forest
- Enoree Ranger District Rifle Range Cleaning Schedule