COLUMBIA — The U.S. Forest Service announced June 11 as its first fee-free day of the 2016 summer season. In honor of National Get Outdoors Day, fees will be waived at all day-use fee sites operated by the USDA Forest Service.
“Fee-free days offer a great incentive for folks to get out and explore scenic areas and recreational sites they might never have visited before,” said Acting Forest Supervisor Cherie Hamilton. “It’s a way to introduce newcomers to the variety of recreational activities available on national forests across the country, as well as an opportunity for us to thank our regular visitors for their continued enthusiasm and support here on the Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests.”
On the Francis Marion National Forest day-use fees will be waived at Buck Hall and on the Wambaw Cycle Trail.
On the Sumter National Forest day-use fees will be waived at Fell, Lick Fork and Parsons Mountain, and at the Parsons Mountain and Cedar Springs OHV Trails on the Long Cane Ranger District; and on Buncombe Horse Trail and the Enoree OHV Trail on the Enoree Ranger District.
Use fees are not charged for 98 percent of national forests and grasslands. More than two-thirds of developed recreation sites can be enjoyed for free. The fees charged for popular day use areas are critical to their maintenance, upkeep and patrol.
Come out and safely enjoy your national forests June 11! For more information on the national forests in South Carolina, please visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/scnfs
This story courtesy of the US Forest Service.