The Francis Marion & Sumter National Forest is located in South Carolina
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Welcome to the Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests!


Total Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017 65-mile-wide path from Oregon to South Carolina 

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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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Upper Chattooga Boating Information

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The link above will take you to the Chattooga Wild and Scenic River page, where you'll find information on float permits, links to water gauge data and more.

Francis Marion releases Record of Decision for Revised Forest Plan!

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On March 31, 2017, we released the signed Record of Decision (ROD) for the Francis Marion's Revised Land Management Plan (Revised Plan) and associated Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). The Notice of Approval of the Revised Plan and FEIS has also been published in the Federal Register on March 31, 2017. Please click the heading link above to view the documents.

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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.