Welcome to Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests

Chattooga Picnic Area shelter on the Andrew Pickens
USDA Forest Service photo courtesy of Donna Olson

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

Recent News


Rick Lint Named Southern Region Deputy Regional Forester for Natural Resources

Though it is hard to say goodbye to our Forest Supervisor Rick Lint, who has led the land management of national forest lands in South Carolina for 8 ½ years, we are pleased he will continue his leadership with the USDA Forest Service Southern Regional Office. We wish you the best, Rick!

In the interim, Rhea Whalen, Francis Marion & Sumter National Forest Headquarters’ Staff Officer of Fire, Lands & Planning and former Francis Marion District Ranger, will serve as acting Forest Supervisor when the search for Rick's replacement begins. Congratulations Rhea!

Kids Fishing Derby at Burrell’s Ford brings local community together

More than 80 kids turned out for a great morning of fishing and fun on the Chattooga River on Saturday for the annual Kids Fishing Derby at Burrell’s Ford Campground on the Andrew Pickens Ranger District! 🎣🎣

Forest Service staff and volunteers helped kids fish, and there were snacks and prizes! Forest Service Law Enforcement Officers helped unhook fish for the kids and let them sit in the driver’s seat of a patrol vehicle to activate the lights and sirens! 🚓

Thank you to everyone who helped support this great local event in the South Carolina mountains! Sponsored by Trout Unlimited, Chattooga River Fly Shop, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Service - Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests.

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Woodpecker/Martjan Lammertink photo

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Chattooga River

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Know Before You Go

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