• 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

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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