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Aiken County wildlife area opens to the public three Saturdays in May

Aiken County’s Crackerneck Wildlife Management Area and Ecological Reserve will be open to the public on three Saturdays during the month of May (12, 19, and 26).

Aiken County’s Crackerneck Wildlife Management Area and Ecological Reserve will be open to the public on May 12, 19 and 26. The area will be open for a wide variety of outdoor recreation, including mountain biking, hiking, nature photography and scouting for hunting. (SCDNR photos by Johnny Rinder)

Crackerneck Wildlife Management Area and Ecological Reserve consists of 10,600 acres owned by the U.S. Department of Energy. The area is in Aiken County, along the Savannah River and south of the town of Jackson, off SC 125. Access is through the check station gate on Bent Rim Road, 0.1 mile left at the paved end of Brown Road. Detailed maps/brochures of the area that include special rules and regulations can be requested in advance by e-mailing ChapmanM@dnr.sc.gov and providing a name and postal mailing address. Maps are also available at the check station where visitors sign in. Questions can be addressed to (803) 725-3663.

The area will be open for scouting, fishing and some other outdoor activities. All visitors must sign in before entering and sign out prior to leaving. No managed trails exist on the property. Bikes and horses are confined to the 50-mile road system and selected firebreaks. No weapons are allowed during this period. Hours are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Insect repellant is recommended for all users and recreationists should bring their own water. One port-o-let is located at the check station. May is rarely crowded on the area.

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