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Description - Located in Sumter County, on the fall line between the piedmont and coastal plan, Manchester State Forest consists of more than seventeen thousand acres of ridges, sand hills, hardwood bottoms, bays, and swampland. It is a highly diverse, magnificent forest, rich in timber, plants, and wildlife. The numerous firebreaks make excellent trails. Separate trails have been designed for horses, mountain bikes, and motorcycles and ATVs. The State Forest staff works closely with user groups to initiate and assure ongoing maintenance of these trails. Groups exceeding fifteen people must check with the headquarters office to apply for a special use permit before using the forest. Manchester is home to the High Hills of Santee Passage of the cross-state Palmetto Trail. The Palmetto Trail connects Mill Creek County Park to Poinsett State Park.

Recreation - Horseback riding, motorcycling, mountain biking, and bird watching are popular activities at Manchester. The Manchester State Forest Horse Trail offer loops of varying lengths.

Climate - South Carolina generally has a temperate climate, with cool winters and warm, humid summers. Thunderstorms are possible throughout the year but most common in the spring and summer. Tropical storms occasionally strike the coast during the hurricane season.

Location - The Manchester State Forest is located in central South Carolina, southwest of Sumter and just north of Lake Marion. The forest office can be found in Wedgefield.


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Filed By: Monica Wimbley (Walterboro, SC)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: My first solo bike trip to Manchester State Forest was awesome. I wasted 30 minutes of ride time by staging up in the wrong area. Once I made up to the correct trail head my trip took approximately 1 3/4 hours. It was well worth the 80 mile trip and the 7 miles of bike riding time. For the ladies who are hesitant about riding alone, at 43 I did it by myself without a worry or care in the world. It's a great bike route to enjoy and have fun honing your MTB skills.


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Contact Information:
Manchester State Forest, 6740 Headquarters Rd. , Wedgefield, SC, 29168, Phone: 803-494-8196, Fax: 803-494-8314

Additional Information:
Midlands Region - The Midlands Region of South Carolina includes the middle portion of the state, between the Upcountry to the northwest and the Low country to the southeast. It surrounds the city of Columbia.
South Carolina State Parks - The South Carolina State Parks stretch from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Atlantic coast. They offer a huge variety of sites and possible recreation activities.

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