- The South Carolina Forests and Parks includes areas managed by the U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service. South Carolina has two National Forests, the Francis Marion and the Sumter. They four segments of the Forests include portions of the southern Appalachian Mountains at 3,300-feet elevation, the rolling terrain in the middle of the state, and the flat, sea-level plains near the Inter coastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean. The sites managed by the National Park Service include a Charles Pinckney National Historic Site, Cowpens National Battlefield, Kings Mountain National Military Park, and Congaree Swamp, Fort Moultrie and Fort Sumter National Monuments.
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Congaree Swamp National Monument
Recreation - Visitors to the National Forests and National Park sites in South Carolina will find many recreational opportunities. Boating, fishing, hunting, hiking, horseback riding, motorcycle riding, wildlife and plant observing, camping and picnicking are a few of the most popular activities. The National Park sites offer opportunities viewing history.
Climate - South Carolina generally has a temperate climate, with cool winters and warm, humid summers. Snow and freezing temperatures are possible in the winter at the higher elevations. Thunderstorms are possible throughout the year but most common in the spring and summer. Tropical storms occasionally strike the coast during the hurricane season.
The National Forests, National Historic Sites, National Monuments and National Battlefields in South Carolina are scattered throughout the state.