Welcome to Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests

Fire Danger Rising in South Carolina; Be Fire Aware

Sporadic drought conditions have occurred throughout this fall in South Carolina. Over 100 fire starts occurred the weekend of November 25. Residents and landowners near the National Forest should exercise caution if burning yard debris or conducting prescribed burning and keep enough water and equipment on hand to put out a fire before it spreads. Those out in the forest should exercise caution and refrain from using fire while recreating, as well as checking local conditions before visiting the forest.

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.

Map of districts

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? Click on the map above to locate the district you'd like to visit. Or click on any of the headings in the column to the left for drop-down menus and links to more detail about recreation opportunities, maps, resource management, volunteering and much more!

The Forest Service now offers a free Interactive Visitor Map and downloadable app for all of our forests! Just zoom in over South Carolina at: https://www.fs.fed.us/ivm/index.html

Features

Volunteers clean up Boggy Head Rifle Range

Volunteers cleaned up over 80 bags of trash from Boggy Head Rifle Range with partnership from Francis Marion National Forest and SCDNR.


Reptile and amphibian diversity on the Francis Marion National Forest

We hope you will enjoy this PowerPoint presentation of pictures of reptiles as presented by Wildlife Biologist Jestin Clark.  He spoke about several 2,600 reptiles living in over six ecosystems on the Francis Marion National Forest. 


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Spotlights

Francis Marion National Forest

Woodpecker/Martjan Lammertink photo

The Francis Marion is a forest literally steeped in history...

Sumter National Forest

Chattooga River

If it's a sense of adventure or a longing for solitude that you seek, the Sumter National Forest has something special waiting for you.

 




Huge bear seen on trail cam in northwestern South Carolina

Check out "Bear Awareness" safety tips when camping and recreating on national forests or public lands. Being prepared will make your trip more relaxing and enjoyable.


2021 Regional Forester's Honor Awards

2021 Regional Forester's Honor Awards Link opens in a new window


Know Before You Go

Know Before You Go


Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities- Youth Conservation Poster Contest

2020-2021 Youth Conservation Poster Contest Results for Richland County Link opens in a new window


The US Forest Service is hiring for positions all across the United States

Now hiring! Employment opportunities with the US Forest Service Link opens in a new window

 



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