South Carolina Forestry Commission
News Release

February 1, 2008


(Columbia, SC) Permits for trail activity on South Carolina State Forests and parking permits for Harbison State Forest in Columbia can now be obtained online thanks to a system the state implemented this week. It allows customers to purchase permits and parking passes directly through the state’s official Web site,

The user-friendly system allows customers to print recreational permits instantly from any computer and provides enhanced reporting capabilities that will save time for South Carolina Forestry Commission employees and, in turn, taxpayer dollars.

“This online system will be a real asset to Forest visitors and employees alike,” explained Harvey Belser, Director of Manchester State Forest near Sumter.  “Trail users are now able to buy permits for horseback riding, ATV riding and bicycling from the comfort of their home.  This system also will reduce our administrative costs by simplifying our recordkeeping process.”

The online service allows individuals to select the permit type and process Visa, MasterCard, and Discover credit card payments through’s secure payment system.  The service was built at no cost to taxpayers through a partnership between the South Carolina Forestry Commission and South Carolina Interactive, a Columbia-based subsidiary of NIC, a private sector partner that manages the state’s official Web site.

The South Carolina Forestry Commission offers trail-based recreation on three state forests: Sand Hills State Forest near Patrick, SC, Manchester State Forest in Sumter, Harbison State Forest in Columbia.  Your state forests offer uniquely tranquil recreation experiences not often found on public lands.


For more information, contact Scott Hawkins, 803-896-8820



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