Francis Marion National Forest Guide

Named for an American revolutionary war hero, the Francis Marion National Forest is located north of Charleston, South Carolina. Established in 1936, it is a subtropical coniferous forest that was devastated by Hurricane Hugo in 1989. Most of the trees there today have grown since then. Visitors can enjoy hiking, boating, horseback riding, mountain biking, and target shooting at the rifle range. There is also an off-road trail for ATVs and motorcycles. 

Where to Camp

Camping in Francis Marion National Forest

With an RV, you can enjoy all the comforts of home while experiencing the joys of the wilderness. You can choose to stay at one of the campsites in Francis Marion National Forest or consider some of the other RV parks in the area. RVshare will help you find the perfect camper for your family. 

RV Rentals Near Francis Marion National Forest

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Francis Marion National Forest Hiking Trails

From easy, short trails for the whole family to miles-long multi-day trips, Francis Marion National Forest has something for everyone.

Things to Do

Activities in Francis Marion National Forest

The Francis Marion National Forest's longleaf pine ecosystem is recognized by the American Longleaf Restoration Initiative as having the highest biodiversity of plant life outside of the tropics. There are up to 140 plant species per 1000 square meters in this area. Visitors can see everything from carnivorous pitcher plants to orchids.

Other popular activities in the Francis Marion National Forest include hiking, shooting, biking, horseback riding, canoeing, kayaking, and off-roading. There are several trails where ATVs and off-road motorcycles are allowed. 

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How to get to Francis Marion National Forest

Address: 2967 Steed Creek Rd, Huger, SC 29450

Fee: Entry fee $3.0

The Francis Marion National Forest is a beautiful wilderness area in the South Carolina low country. It has some of the greatest diversity of plant life in the world outside of the tropics and is a great place for bird watching and fishing. There are many beautiful waterfalls in the area, along with a variety of historical sites. For those who crave high-adrenaline adventures, the Francis Marion National Forest has ATV and off-road motorcycle trails. Your RV gives you a comfortable and convenient way to enjoy all that this park and the surrounding region has to offer.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions About Francis Marion National Forest

Is Francis Marion National Forest open all year round?

Yes, the Francis Marion National Forest is open year-round. In fact, the forest has some of the best birding all year long of any area in South Carolina. The mild weather means the forest is a pleasant place for hiking and biking at any time of year.

Is there a fee to get into Francis Marion National Forest?

No, there is no fee to get into Francis Marion National Forest. There may be fees for recreational activities like using OHV trails or day-use areas. There may also be permits or fees required for camping or other activities.

Does Francis Marion National Forest offer free camping sites?

Yes, Francis Marion National Forest offers free camping sites. Dispersed camping is allowed throughout the forest. RVs and cars are not allowed when dispersed camping - campers must arrive on foot or by canoe. Campers must bring everything they need with them, and must leave no trace when they go.

Is there a limit to how long you can camp in Francis Marion National Forest?

Yes, there is a limit to how long you can camp in Francis Marion National Forest. Campers may be in one spot for up to 14 days within a 30-day period. After that, campers must move off of forest land.

What type of wildlife lives in Francis Marion National Forest?

Wildlife living in the Francis Marion National Forest includes black bears, otters, bobcats, and the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker. The forest is also home to more than 1600 species of plants including 32 different species of orchids and 12 species of carnivorous plants.