South Carolina National and State Forests

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South Carolina’s National and State Forests boast a stunning variety of wildlife - otters, beavers, coyotes, bobcats, black bears and the occasional panther make their home in the forests of the Palmetto State. That’s why South Carolina national and state forests are such terrific destinations for bird-watching, nature study and photography.

Hiking and mountain biking trails, bridle paths and rough roads for motorcycles and ATV’s offer many ways to enjoy the scenic backcountry. Rivers, lakes and oceans offer world-class fishing, and campsites, picnic sites and boat ramps attract wildlife viewers, anglers and crabbers.

Looking for a little whitewater action? Then take a thrilling trip down class IV and V rapids on the Chattooga National Wild and Scenic River.

For those who really want to rough it, Francis Marion National Forest encompasses four wilderness areas with no facilities except a single trail. Travel through these areas isn't easy but it does offer extraordinary rewards such as the chance to see alligators, bald eagles and some 250 species of birds. Be sure you’ve got everything you need before setting out on your journey.

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Audubon Center At Francis Beidler Forest
The National Audubon Society\'s Francis Beidler Forest in Four Holes Swamp contains within its 17,000 acres, the largest remaining stand of virgin Bald Cypress/Tupelo Gum swamp forest left anywhere in...
Chattooga National Wild & Scenic River
The Chattooga is recognized as one of the Southeast\'s premier whitewater rivers and the most famous whitewater paddling spot in the state. Thundering waterfalls, dense forests, flora, fauna and unspoiled...
Francis Marion National Forest
Site of the battle between forces of British Col. Banastre Tarleton and Revolutionary Gen. Francis Marion, "The Swamp Fox." Now this wildlife-rich 260,000-acre forest welcomes campers, hikers, mountain bikers, horseback...
Harbison Environmental Education Forest
Encompasses 2,177 acres of forestland only nine miles from downtown Columbia. Its unique urban location makes Harbison one of the largest public greenspaces inside the city limits of a metropolitan...
Manchester State Forest
Offers public access for hunting, fishing, hiking, bird watching, horseback riding, biking and motorcycle/ATV riding. Rifle and pistol range open 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays and 1-5 p.m....
Parson's Mountain Recreation Area-Sumter National Forest
Handicap accessible day use area, picnic shelter and fishing pier. Picnic area has tables, grills, and group shelter. Bath-house with flush toilets and showers. Campsites do not have electricity, but...
Sand Hills State Forest
Sandhills State Forest has 46,000 acres of forest/wooded area, hiking and nature trails, camping sites, birding, picnic shelters, a fishing lake, horseback trails and ponds. The camping at Sugarloaf Mountain...
Sumter National Forest
Wildlife and green space, hiking and biking trails, and tranquil solitude are always close at hand in this 118,529-acre woodland that borders Thurmond Lake. A number of state parks and...
Sumter National Forest - Andrew Pickens Ranger District - Mountain Rest
Named for a Revolutionary War General, the Andrew Pickens Ranger District boasts scenic views, hiking trails, campgrounds, hunting, fishing, whitewater floating, and a host of other recreational opportunities.
Walhalla State Fish Hatchery
Built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, this is the only trout hatchery in South Carolina. Some 150,000 pounds of rainbow, brown and brook trout are raised here...

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