FRANCIS MARION NATIONAL FOREST SOUTH CAROLINA
250,000 acres. Situated in southeastern South Carolina, near the Atlantic coast, Francis Marion National Forest has elevations just above sea level. There are four small designated wilderness areas here. The region includes many swamps and boggy areas, along with attractive forests of hardwoods and longleaf pine. Deer, bear, and wild turkey are among the wildlife.
Activities: This National Forest has two major trails for hiking and backpacking: the 20-mile Swamp Fox National Recreation Trail and the 20-mile Jericho Trail. The latter is open to horses. These trails tend to stay very wet during rainy seasons.
Canoeing is available on some creeks and rivers in the area, and fishing is also possible. Hunting is permitted in season, but only in some parts of the National Forest at any one time.
Camping Regulations: There are some established campsites, and camping as well as campfires are allowed at these sites without a permit.
Camping is also allowed elsewhere in the forest, but a free permit must first be obtained from a forest office. Low-impact practices are recommended.
For Further Information: Francis Marion National Forest, P.O. Box 2227, Columbia, SC 29202; (803)765-5222.
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