Welcome to the Francis Marion & Sumter National Forests!

 

Life Cycle of a Monarch ButterflyMonarch Butterfly

Did you know that each fall millions of monarch butterflies migrate to overwintering sites in Mexico and to a scattering of locations along the coast of California? In the spring monarchs return to breeding areas and the cycle starts again: a two-way migration that is one of the most spectacular on the planet. Yet, this migration appears to be declining.

How Can You Help Monarchs?

Nectar from flowers provides the fuel monarchs need to fly. If there are not any blooming plants to collect nectar from when the monarchs stops, they will not have any energy to continue. Planting monarch flowers that bloom when they will be passing will help the monarchs reach their destination. Creating more monarch habitat will help work to reverse their decline.

Plant milkweed! Monarch caterpillars need milkweeds to grow and develop. There are over 100 milkweed species that are native to North America, many of which are used by monarchs. To learn which species to plant in your region, and how to plant them, visit the Bring Back the Monarchs Campaign at: www.monarchwatch.org.

Plant butterfly nectar plants! Monarchs need nectar to provide energy as they breed, for their migratory journey, and to build reserves for the long winter. Include butterfly plants in your garden, and avoid using pesticides.

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.

District Location MapThe 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 4000 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 interactive map 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!

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Partnership Restores Red-cockaded Woodpeckers to Sumter National Forest

Red Cockaded Woodpecker being held

Partners help restore Red-cockaded Woodpeckers to Sumter National Forest.


Attention Sumter National Forest Visitors

Open Pit Flyer

Please be aware of open well hazards.


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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.


Person being wheeled in a hunting blind

Tibwin Hunt Applications-Youth and Mobility Impaired


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FRANCIS MARION NATIONAL FOREST RECREATION AREAS AND CAMPGROUNDS CLOSURE

 



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