Recreational Opportunities in the Francis Marion National Forest

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Real Estate Agent with W.P. Baldwin & Associates

The Francis Marion National Forest is open to the public for camping, picnicking, hunting, fishing, canoeing, trail riding for horses and ATV's and there is even an shooting range.  To make sure no one is riding where others are hunting, it is heavily managed.   Go to the Forest Service website for details.


Camping:
  Buck Hall, Elmwood and Honey Hill Recreational Areas.  Elmwood and Honey Hill are primitive with limited facilities, while Buck Hall has motor home hook ups, bath houses, electrical connections, bathrooms, and a boat landing.

Canoeing:  Chicken Creek, Echaw Creek and Wambaw Creek Canoe Trails.

Picnicking: Canal, Huger, Honey Hill and Buck Hall Recreational Areas

Rifle Ranges:
Boggy Head- Just north of Moncks Corner on US Highway 17-A, turn right onto SC Highway 402. Drive 15 miles to SC Highway 41. Turn left and continue 9 miles to the rifle range entrance on the right. is closed some mornings and 1st and 3rd Tuesdays for cleaning.

Twin Ponds- From Charleston, take U.S. Highway 17 North for about 25 miles to Steed Creek Road (SC Route 133-S). Turn left and drive 2 miles to Willow Hall Road (F.S. Road 204). Turn right and go 1 mile to the rifle range entrance on the left. It is closed some mornings and 2nd and 4th Tuesdays for cleaning.

Trails:
Horses are allowed on Jericho and Tuxbury Horse Trails

Motorized vehicles are limited to the Wambaw Cycle Trail

Only hiking and mountain biking are allowed on the Awendaw Passage/Palmetto Trail, South Tibwin Trail, and Swamp Fox National Recreation Trail.

Battery Warren is an earthen Civil War Fort.  There is an interpretive trail along the banks of the Santee River.

Hunting:  See the hunting and fishing regulations manual for time tables, locations, and license applications for hunting and fishing within the Francis Marion National Forest.

More information is available at the Francis Marion National Forest Website &  Sewee Visitors Center Website.

Comments (1)

Anonymous
miss kitty

Any mountain bikers out there that have ridden the trails a Francis Marion National Forest. I'm a member of a Pittsburgh MTB club who may be visiting the area in the fall. Is it worth bringing my bike and hooking up for riding?

Miss Kitty

Mar 07, 2008 08:27 AM
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