Sumter National Forest - Enoree Ranger District

Property Location

20 Work Center Road
Whitmire, SC 29178

Latitude: 34.4202  Longitude:-81.5778
Acreage: 161216
County: Chester, Laurens, Newberry, Union
Game Zone: 2

Property Type: WMA Other

Hours of Operation

Hunting during regular Game Zone 2 seasons. Fishing year around. Other allowable activities year around during daylight hours.

Activities / Facilities

Biking Driving Fishing Hunting Nature Viewing Hiking Shooting Ranges

Property Owner Information

US Forest Service

'US Forest Service' is the property Owner and has a cooperative partnership with SCDNR to manage this property.

Property Description

The Enoree Ranger District is comprised of approximately 165,795 acres in Chester, Fairfield, Laurens, Newberry and Union counties. It is a part of the Sumter National Forest and is managed by the United States Forest Service (USFS) within the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). It is managed for multiple use which includes timber, water, wildlife and recreation. The wildlife habitat on the National Forest is cooperatively managed by the USFS and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR). All of this land is within the Wildlife Management Area (WMA) program administered by the SCDNR and it is available for public hunting, fishing and other allowable outdoor recreational opportunities.

Within the Enoree Ranger District there are special areas managed for waterfowl that include the Duncan Creek Waterfowl Management Area in Laurens County, Enoree River Waterfowl Management Area in Newberry County and Dunaway and Tyger River Waterfowl Management Areas in Union County. There are also public dove fields that include the Worthy’s Ferry Field in Chester County, Newberry Field in Newberry County and the Sedalia Field in Union County. The opening day hunt at both the Newberry and Sedalia Fields are reserved for special youth dove hunts.

Many other areas within the forest such as closed roads, firelines, wildlife openings and utility rights-of-way are planted with wildlife foods, are maintained in an open state for habitat diversity and are managed to maintain and improve wildlife habitat. Forested areas that consist of predominantly thinned pine stands are prescribed burned periodically to reduce fuel buildup and minimize the danger of wildfire and also to enhance the habitat for wildlife.

Several rivers, lakes and ponds are found on the Enoree Ranger District and these provide abundant fishing opportunities. Boat ramps exist at some of these areas. Seasonal camping during hunting season is available at several hunt camps throughout the area and the Woods Ferry Recreation Area in Chester County is open for camping and picnicking year around. Four public rifle ranges are within the Enoree Ranger District and they are the Leeds Rifle Range in Chester County, Philson Crossroads Rifle Range in Laurens County, Indian Creek Rifle Range in Newberry County and the Fairforest Rifle Range in Union County.

The USFS maintains two offices/work centers within the Enoree Ranger District. The Enoree Ranger District office is located approximately 6 miles south of Whitmire on US Hwy 176 in Newberry County.