Woods Ferry Recreation Area Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Like the rest of South Carolina, Woods Ferry Recreation Area is loaded with American history. The adjacent Broad River was an obstacle to travelers of times past. In 1817, Matthew Woods saw an opportunity, acquiring the land that is now the campground and constructing a ferry for people, horses, and buggies to cross the truly broad river.
During the Civil War, Confederate General Wade Hampton used the ferry while chasing Union General William Sherman during the latter’s infamous March to the Sea, which effectively ended the War between the States. Later, the terrain, like much of the South Carolina Midlands, was logged and then unsoundly farmed, leading to soil erosion. The U.S. Forest Service took over the depleted lands, managing them for timber and recreation. Bridges replaced the ferry both north and south of its former location. Today, Woods Ferry is a rustic recreation area with a quiet campground, hiking, boating, and fishing."