Manchester State Forest
Days/Hours of Operation
Monday: Sunrise - Sunset Tuesday: Sunrise - Sunset Wednesday: Sunrise - Sunset Thursday: Sunset - Sunrise Friday: Sunrise - Sunset Saturday: Sunrise - Sunset Sunday: Sunrise - Sunset
The forest is managed to yield a variety of forest products, from pulpwood and sawtimber to poles and pine straw. Stands of non-native slash pine, planted in the 1960s, are being gradually harvested and replaced with longleaf pine. In 1989 the forest was severely damaged by Hurricane Hugo. Sixty-five percent of the timber base was destroyed. Since then hundreds of acres have been salvaged and replanted.
Manchester State Forest practices principles of high quality multiple-use and sustained-yield forest management. Multiple use management includes enhancing timber production, fish and wildlife habitat, air and water quality, soil conservation, scenic beauty, scientific research, and recreational opportunities. It does not mean that all uses must coexist at the same time. Depending on the circumstances on different parts of the forest, one use might be dominant while other uses are subordinated.