- Located in Sumter County, on the fall line between the piedmont and coastal plan, Manchester State Forest consists of more than seventeen thousand acres of ridges, sand hills, hardwood bottoms, bays, and swampland. It is a highly diverse, magnificent forest, rich in timber, plants, and wildlife. The numerous firebreaks make excellent trails. Separate trails have been designed for horses, mountain bikes, and motorcycles and ATVs. The State Forest staff works closely with user groups to initiate and assure ongoing maintenance of these trails. Groups exceeding fifteen people must check with the headquarters office to apply for a special use permit before using the forest. Manchester is home to the High Hills of Santee Passage of the cross-state Palmetto Trail. The Palmetto Trail connects Mill Creek County Park to Poinsett State Park.
Recreation - Horseback riding, motorcycling, mountain biking, and bird watching are popular activities at Manchester. The Manchester State Forest Horse Trail offer loops of varying lengths.
Climate - South Carolina generally has a temperate climate, with cool winters and warm, humid summers. 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 Manchester State Forest is located in central South Carolina, southwest of Sumter and just north of Lake Marion. The forest office can be found in Wedgefield.