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.
In the state forest, there are 4 primary horseback riding trails. The Governors Trail is a 8 mile route. The Red Trail is a 4 mile route. The Manchester Trail is a 7 mile route. The Blue Trail is a 1.2 mile connector trail. In addition, a 7.3 mile stretch of the Palmetto Trail is open to horseback riding where signed.
To reach the 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, Manchester State Forest is the 7th most popular horse trail of all 11 horseback rides in South Carolina.