- The Andrew Pickens Ranger District, located in Oconee County, is part of the Sumter National Forest.
- The district includes 85,000 acres of public land.
- Land that is primarily undeveloped and used by people for a wide range of outdoor activities.
What is there to do in the Andrew Pickens Ranger District of the National Forest?
- Hiking – 112 miles of hiking trails
- Camping – 19 different areas
- Horse Riding – 20 miles of horse trails + Whetstone Horse Camp for humans & horses
- Fishing – rivers and streams
- Hunting – occurs on National Forest land, but is regulated by the SC Department of Natural Resources
- Target Shooting – rifle range accommodates targets at 25, 50, 75 and 100 yards.
- Nature Viewing – plants & wildlife
- Water Activities – on the Wild & Scenic Chattooga River
- The U.S. Forest Service manages the Chattooga River and the land that borders it.
- Andrew Pickens Ranger District handles the flow of people going down the lower sections of the river.
- The photo of the Chattooga River was taken around the time of the signing of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act by Lyndon B. Johnson in 1968.
- 50 years later, it looks very much the same but the trees are larger.
- The Wild & Scenic Chattooga River flows through three states and the Ellicott Rock Wilderness.
- The river is one of the few remaining free-flowing streams in the Southeast and offers outstanding scenery.
- The setting is dense forests and undeveloped shorelines that characterize the primitive nature of the area.
- No motorized vehicles are permitted within a corridor about 1/4-mile wide on either side of the river.
- Man-made facilities are minimal, consisting primarily of hiking trails.
- Visitors must fill out a permit to be on the Chattooga River and commercial outfitters schedule their trips so as not to overlap with each other.
Common Questions people ask about Andrew Pickens Ranger District:
- Q: What are the USFSP signs that can be seen all over?
A: These stand for “United States Forest Service Property” and are mean to indicated when you cross into our out of the National Forest.
- Q: Why does the Forest Service burn the forest?
A: They do prescribed “controlled” burning to control fuel loads in the forest and encourage new growth forage food source for wildlife.
- Q: How can I be involved?
A: Twice a year the Forest Service coordinates a Trash Pickup and River Sweep. They partner with organizations and rely heavily on volunteers to come out and help clean up litter.
- Stumphouse Ranger Station has a small interpretive center, gift shop, maps and area information
- Robbie Sitzlar is the District Ranger and Amanda Walrod is Recreation Coordinator for the area
- Call the office with questions regarding activities within the district (864) 638-9568