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.
Length: 9.0 miles
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