Woods Ferry Horse

Trail Activities: t

  • Hike
  • Mountain Bike
  • Equestrian


21.0 miles




Unsurfaced, Gravel, Piedmont Clay

Difficulty: Moderate

Trail Features: t

  • Pets
  • No Fee
  • Camping


Woods Ferry Recreation Area, in western Chester County, lies within a beautiful wooded floodplain surrounded by upland pine woods and maturing hardwood forests.

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The rolling hills of Sumter National Forest near Chester are home to nine miles of easy-to-moderate loops known collectively as Woods Ferry Horse Trail. The trails run over a terrain that’s primarily red clay and is a wonderful interruption from the area’s typical pine trails. At one time, Woods Ferry was heavily logged and farmed, but in recent decades, it has returned to a hardwood canopy of poplars, maples, and sweet gums. Because Woods Ferry abuts the Broad River, a variety of animals live here. There’s a chance of seeing deer and wild turkey, in addition to redtail hawks, quail, blue heron, and even the rare osprey.

It is recommended that horses be shod. Insect repellent is recommended during warm months. Be aware that this trails is shared by hikers, bikers, and horses.

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Camping: Woods Ferry Recreation Area includes access to eight equestrian campsites and 10 horse corrals. Campsites include centrally located restrooms with hot showers, drinking water, tables and grills. To find the campsite, go back out to State Road 49 and follow south to secondary road 574. Follow northwest for almost four miles to the campground.


From Chester: Travel west on SC 9 through Wilksburg until a junction with Chester County S-12-49. Turn left (south) and follow to the first road on the right, Worthy’s Ferry Road (Chester County S-12-535). Continue straight after the pavement ends to Forest Service 301C and turn left. There is an open parking area with gravel to the left. The trail begins in the parking area.

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Sumter National Forest | Enoree Ranger District | 20 Work Center Road, Whitmire, SC 29178 | (803) 276-4810 | Email

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