Manchester State Forest

South Carolina Forestry Commission
Manchester State Forest OHV Trail Guide


Manchester Trails Map (pdf)



Permits are required for all activities except hiking.
Permits can be obtained online at Manchester State Forest Headquarters, Manchester State Forest Rifle & Pistol Range or by mail.
Annual permits are valid for one year from the date of purchase and are valid ONLY on the State Forest where purchased.
Daily permits are valid for the date of purchase.
Permits are nonrefundable.
Organized events must be scheduled with forest headquarters at least 45 days in advance.






SState Forest Access Roads are open to licensed and registered vehicles only unless designated as part of the trail.


Trail hours are sunrise to sunset on Sundays only during deer hunting season from September 15 through January 1 and daily from January 2 through September 14. Riders should take safety precautions when riding from January 2 through April 30 (small game and turkey seasons).


Permits must be in possession while riding.
Individuals in violation of any regulation oral, written or posted are subject to prosecution under SC Codes of Laws 48-23-10.
Parking for trail use is allowed only at the designated staging area as indicated on the trail map.
Riding is allowed only on designated trails and as outlined above in the TRAIL USE DATES AND HOURS.
Riders must ride on the right and in single file.
Use caution when overtaking another, and make your presence know in advance.
Obey all trail markings and crossings.
Obey gate closures and signs.
Pack out what you pack in.


The OHV area is open to motorcycles and ATVs and trails are marked with directional arrows.
Riding is not allowed on the entrance road to the OHV staging area.
OHV riders must wear a helmet and bikes must be equipped with a spark arrester.
Riding motorcycles or ATVs on roads is unlawful.
Motorcycles:  Individuals 16 and older are required to have a permit in their possession. Individuals 15 and younger must be accompanied by an adult 21 or older with a permit.

Effective July 1, 2011 Chandler’s Law:  Title 50, Chapter 26.
ATV Riding: Ages.

No one 5 or younger is allowed to operate or ride on an ATV.
Individuals 6 to 15 must possess a safety certificate indicating successful completion of “hands-on” all-terrain    vehicle safety course approved by the All-Terrain Vehicle Safety Institute.
Individual 16 or younger must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian with a permit.
Safety helmets and eye protection meeting standard FMVSS #218 are required.
All ATVs must have Age Restriction Warning Label and be operated in accordance.
All ATVs must have effective muffler system, approved spark arrester and a brake system in good operating condition.
It is unlawful to operate an all-terrain vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or any controlled substance or in a reckless manner.


All users and/or visitors agree to abide by all published and posted rules set forth by the State of South Carolina, SC Forestry Commission, Manchester State Forest, and that for and in consideration of the privilege granted by the State of South Carolina, SC Forestry Commission, Manchester State Forest, do hereby and forever release and waive for himself/herself, heirs, executors, administrators, and assigns the State of South Carolina, SC Forestry Commission, Manchester State Forest, its agents, servants, and properties, any and all claims, demands, damages, actions, causes of action or suits at law or in equity, of whatsoever kind or nature for or because of any matter or thing done, omitted, or suffered to be done by the State of South Carolina, SC Forestry Commission, Manchester State Forest, its agents, servants, or properties, on account of any and all claims of whatsoever kind or nature arising out of or in any manner connected with any presence or activities on the lands of the State of South Carolina, SC Forestry Commission, Manchester State Forest.


Chandler's Law, effective July 1, 2011, includes new requirements and restrictions regarding ATV use. For details on this legistlation, go to



Campsites are available at Poinsett State Park, (803)494-8177 or Sumter County Recreation Department’ s Mill Creek County Park, (803) 436-2248.


Call Box


Emergency Call Boxes

Manchester has installed three Emergency Call Boxes for trail users in the event of an emergency.  There have been several accidents on the recreation trails, especially in the OHV area, and cell phone service is very poor in the Manchester area so the boxes were seen as a remedy for this communication problem in the event of emergencies. 

When the button on the call box is pressed, the call goes directly to the Sumter County 911 Dispatch.  The Dispatcher can communicate back with the caller and get emergency help as needed.  Only emergency calls to the Dispatch Center can be made on these boxes.  To make an emergency call press the button in the lower right corner of the box.


Manchester State Forest office hours are
Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The office is closed on weekends and state holidays.

Phone: (803) 494-8196.

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Manchester State Forest
6740 Headquarters Road
Wedgefield, SC 29168

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