- The Andrew Pickens Ranger District is a gateway to the mountains. It covers 79,000 acres of the Sumter National Forest. The Chattooga Wild and Scenic River forms the western boundary of the District. The Ellicott Rock Ranger District is located at the northern end of the District and includes portions in North Carolina and Georgia. The wilderness includes some of the more rugged mountains of South Carolina. Fifty two miles of trails traverse the northern half of the area, providing hikers with a chance to leave civilization and rely on their own strength and skill. Foothills National Recreation Trail stretches for 25 miles.
Recreation - The mountains of the Andrew Pickens Ranger District offer a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities. Some of the most popular include camping, fishing, hiking, backpacking, canoeing, rafting and horseback riding.
Climate - South Carolina generally has a temperate climate, with cool winters and warm, humid summers. Snow and freezing temperatures are possible in the winter at the higher elevations. Thunderstorms are possible throughout the year but most common in the spring and summer. Tropical storms occasionally strike the coast during the hurricane season.
The Andrew Pickens Ranger District is located in the north west area of the state. The Chattooga Wild and Scenic River runs the entire western border of the district.