Welcome to the Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests
Our website has a new look!
Please note we are in the midst of a website transition, and you may come across some quirky images, text and links on our site. Thank you for your patience as we work through the process to make this site useful and informative to our visitors!
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 reopened Sewee Shell Ring trail with drone footage capturing the improved trail.
Forest Service is hiring Realty Specialists, Land Surveyors, and Technicians
Release Date: Aug 8, 2022
The US Forest Service is offering nine-month volunteer internships through the Department of State’s Virtual Student Federal Service. Students enrolled in this upcoming academic year can apply through July 28, 2022!
The Andrew Pickens District is currently seeking Trailhead Ambassadors for the Fall Season! Formerly known as day-site hosts, Ambassadors have the opportunity to educate weekend visitors about their recreation site and stewardship of the Forest. For more information or to apply visit the link below.
Email Margaret.firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest in becoming a Trailhead Ambassador.
Francis Marion National Forest
The Francis Marion is a forest literally steeped in history...
Sumter National Forest
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.
New facilities at Lick Fork Lake and Parsons Mountain Recreation Areas
New facilities at Lick Fork Lake and Parsons Mountain Recreation Areas address deferred maintenance needs and will provide safe and clean restroom facilities for the public for years to come.
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.
Alerts & Warnings
- Bridge closure on FS road 305 on Enoree Ranger District
- New digital payment options and online reservations at Enoree recreation sites
- Halfway Creek Trailhead closure
- Fury's Ferry boat ramp temporarily closed
- Damaged bridges along the Enoree Passage of Palmetto Trail; exercise caution
- Please be aware of open well hazards on Sumter National Forest