STATE FOREST RECREATION
Carolina Forestry Commission currently manages the state's 5 state forests: Sand
Hills, Manchester, Harbison, Poe Creek, and Wee
These forests provide a wide variety of benefits for everyone.
need a permit for trail activity on the State Forests for Horseback Riding,
ATV’s*, Motorcycles, and Bicycles. Permits are not required for hikers
using the trails on Manchester or Sand Hills State Forests.No
permits are required for recreation activities on Wee Tee or Poe Creek
State Forest at this time.
Parking passes are required
at Harbison State Forest in Columbia. These passes can be obtained at fee
boxes located in each parking area on the Forest, no additional permits
are required for Harbison.
Sand Hills, Manchester, Wee Tee, and Poe Creek are
also under WMA lease agreement and all pertinent hunting and fishing regulations
pertain must be observed.
parking passes can be obtained from each State Forest’s Headquarters, online
(or at fee boxes in parking areas on Harbison). The cost for individual
permits are : Daily - $5.00 Annual - $25.00
Parking Passes (Harbison only): Daily - $5.00 Annual - $25.00.
Permits are valid ONLY on the State Forest where purchased.
and fishing is regulated under the Department of Natural Resources Wildlife
Management Area Program. Regulations, bag limits, and seasons are available
by contacting the SC
Department of Natural Resources (opens in a new window) at
All persons must wear orange on WMAs
A law passed in May 2015 requires deer hunters to wear international orange on all South Carolina wildlife management areas (WMAs). Specifically, the act requires "All nonexempt persons
must wear a hat, coat, or vest of solid international
orange while on Wildlife Management
Area lands during deer hunting season.”
WMA regulations exempt persons hunting for
dove, turkey, ducks, geese, and other migratory
birds including crow from the requirement
of wearing international orange. All
other persons on a WMA during deer season
must wear international orange."
A list and graphic of all South Carolina WMAs can be found at: http://www.dnr.sc.gov/wma/
For information on all state-wide trail activities visit the SC
State Trails Program .(opens in a new window)
* Chandler's Law, effective July 1, 2011, includes new requirements and
restrictions regarding ATV use. For details on this legistlation, go to www.ChandlersATVlaw.com.
Harbison State Forest is now open with some trails partially closed.
Hills State Forest,
a 46,838 acre tract in Chesterfield and Darlington Counties near Patrick.
Recreation available: Deer Hunting, Quail Hunting, Dove Hunting, Squirrel and Rabbit Hunting, Turkey Hunting, Pond Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding Trails, Individual Camping, Picnicking.
, a 28,675 acre tract in Sumter County near Wedgefield.
Recreation available: Deer
Hunting, Quail Hunting, Dove Hunting, Squirrel and Rabbit Hunting, Turkey
Hunting, Pond Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding Trails, Bicycle Trails, Motorcycling,
Picnicking, Rifle and Pistol Range.
State Forest Sustainable Commitment Statement (pdf)
STATE FORESTS Long Range Plan
Forestry Commission State Forests Achieve Internationally Recognized Certification
Environmental Education Forest,
a 2,137 acre tract in Richland County inside the Columbia city limits. No
hunting or fishing is allowed on this Forest.
Recreation available: Hiking, Bicycle Trails,
Scout Camping, Picnicking, Interpretive Nature Study. Canoe access to Broad
River is available by permit.
Wee Tee State Forest contains 12,403
acres and more than 12 miles of frontage on the Santee River. Included in the
property is a 200-acre lake and numerous ponds and oxbows. These bottomlands
and aquatic systems provide excellent fish and wildlife habitat.
Recreation available: Hunting, Fishing, Canoeing/Kayaking. Biking restricted to existing roads.
WTSF Canoe Landing (pdf)
Poe Creek State Forest is a 2,498 acre tract in Oconee and Pickens Counties
near Lake Jocassee in the upstate of South Carolina.
Recreation available: Deer Hunting, Bear Hunting, Dove Hunting, Squirrel and Rabbit Hunting, Turkey Hunting, Trout Fishing, and Hiking are available. Cabin and conference facility rentals are also available.
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