Southwest of Sumter and south of Wedgefield, the 23,000 acre Manchester State Forest has 100 miles of road and trails through flowering mountain laurel and red cedar.
The a 20 mile stretch of the popular Palmetto Trail passes through the state forest.
To reach the hiking trailhead from Sumter, follow SR378 west 16 miles and then head south on SR261 for 10 miles. Turn west onto CR63 (Poinsett Road) and park on left 1 mile down.
Overall, Palmetto Trail is the 12th most popular hiking trail of all 16 hikes in South Carolina.