Can you name all five of South Carolina’s state forests? Not everyone can do it. In fact, unless you remember your early years in school, you may not even recognize some of the names. Let’s refresh: Harbison, Poe Creek, Wee Tee, Sand Hills, and last, but not least, Manchester. And while they’re all worthy of exploration, it’s the last one that we’ll talk about here.

Learn more about the Palmetto Trail High Hills of Santee Passage from our friends at Explore your recreation options at Poinsett State Park, or make a camping or cabin reservation, on the official website for South Carolina State Parks. Discover more facts about Manchester State Forest on the South Carolina Forestry Commission’s website. The Palmetto Trail is free to use. Day use visitors to Poinsett State Park pay a nominal entry fee into the park.

For some brow-raising South Carolina history, read all about how the capital for the state was almost located in a tiny town in the High Hills of the Santee.

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