About Sumter National ForestDivided into three separate units in northwestern South Carolina, Sumter National Forest offers a variety of scenery within its nearly 371,000 acres. The foothills of the southern Appalachians, the Piedmont's rolling terrain and the upper reaches of the Savannah River are enhanced by dogwoods, sourwoods and azaleas. A particularly scenic route is the 12-mile stretch of SR 107 that runs through the forest. The Chattooga National Wild and Scenic River offers 31 miles of white-water rapids for canoeing or rafting. Guided white-water rafting trips can be arranged with operators based in Long Creek .
Activities vary per district but include bird-watching, fishing, hunting and swimming. Facilities include campgrounds, picnic areas and rifle ranges as well as nature, hiking, biking, canoeing and horse trails. For additional information contact the Forest Supervisor's Office, 4931 Broad River Rd., Columbia, SC 29212. Phone (803) 561-4000.
Sumter National Forest, SC
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