Forty Acre Rock Heritage Preserve Trail

MODERATE
Kershaw, SC
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Forty Acre Rock Heritage Preserve Trail is a 2.4 mile out and back trail located near Kershaw, SC that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and birding and is accessible from September until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

2.4 miles 265 feet Out & Back
dog friendly kid friendly birding hiking walking waterfall wild flowers
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a nice hike, beaver pond, waterfall,a cave and a huge rock !! This moderately strenuous, out and back trail provides a unique break from the normal terrain of South Carolina. Starting from the lower trailhead, you will wind through a sandy, high grass, but well marked section that is very easy to follow. You will pass through a thick forest, where you may see many different types of animals, such as Prairie warblers, indigo buntings, red-tailed hawks, vireos, cottontail rabbits, and deer. Continuing along flat creek, you will come to a beaver pond, which is small, but full of water lilies and very colorful during the summer months. You will pass a small waterfall as you make the moderate climb to your destination, the vast opening on top of a huge standing rock called Forty Acre Rock. Though actually 14 acres, it is still a breathtaking site. During the spring, water collects in depressions and you will be treated to the sight of a variety of specialized plants such as lichens, mosses, sedum, and the endangered pool sprite.

Kyle Hoffman
1 month ago

5 Completed0 Reviews

Short hike and not too hard. Had some really great spots to see and I was amazed about the size of that rock. All in all I think it's a good place to see at least once!

Heather Alfonso
1 month ago

3 Completed0 Reviews

Short hike to a big (huge) rock. Lots of graffiti and trash here and there but nice view. Cool rock. Dog friendly.

Ashley Jeffords
2 months ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

Good trail length with some pretty neat views. Some spots are steep so watch your footing. There is a TON of graffiti but it doesn't take away from the experience.

Alfredo Hogfat
5 months ago

6 Completed5 Reviews

One of the best days I've had hiking a single location. Lots of wonderful areas to explore. There's graffiti on the rock, but honestly it's not terribly distracting.

Shannon Mack
6 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Fun for my dog and I to spend a Saturday.

Rebecca Mone
6 months ago

10 Completed3 Reviews

Perfect for a beautiful fall day with my son!

Rebecca Mone
6 months ago

10 Completed3 Reviews

Perfect for a beautiful fall day with my son!

Ronnie Wall
10 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

The hike is great! Well-maintained trail with good variations in plant life.

Leo Rose
11 months ago

8 Completed6 Reviews

This is a beautiful heritage preserve with spectacular views for the area. Keep your eyes open and you will see some rare plants in the natural pools in the rocks.

John Whiteknight
1 year ago

10 Completed8 Reviews

The trailhead was difficult to find...the GPS on trails.com is not quite correct.

the trailhead is off Nature Reserve Road.

It's a beautiful trail that follows the creek. It climbs up the side of the creek and you end up at a huge 40 acre rock. beautiful scenery. Beavercreek, waterfalls Not very difficult.

Samanthy White
1 year ago

5 Completed5 Reviews

Since this trail is only about an hour drive for my family and I, we visit quite often. Yes there is graffiti, and trash, but the trail is beautiful. Especially during the spring months when the flowers are blooming and the wildlife is waking up. I don't understand the people who are complaining about trail markers...unless you are a city slicker who doesn't get out much the trails are easy to find and follow. Overall this place provides a great experience and a good workout.

Steve Shaw
1 year ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

A decent but sometimes confusing hike that is marred with endless graffiti, broken glass and illegal camping sites. This reserve is abused by the locals and that is a shame. In fact, when I was leaving 8 rather mischievous locals were rolling in 2 coolers of beer.

Lisa Myrick
1 year ago

5 Completed5 Reviews

Visiting 40 acre rock in early April is akin to visiting another planet. The pool sprites and other flowers blooming in the vernal pools naturally paint the granite rock face. The hike isn't spectacular in any way, but the rock is worth seeing.

Leslie DeRose
1 year ago

6 Completed5 Reviews

We went the last weekend in march when the spring wildflowers were in bloom, I definitely recommend going at this time. The creek below the rock had ferns along it just coming in. Yes this place is trashed, graffiti and garbage all over the place, but it is an interesting and unexpected find.

Christopher Ross
2 years ago

8 Completed3 Reviews

As noted trail was poorly marked but it was a decent walk with family.

DnA 1011
2 years ago

3 Completed3 Reviews

Don't waste your time driving to SC for subpar experience at 40 Acre. The location is poorly marked. The trails are poorly marked and it is clear SC spends no money on creating a positive experience for hikers.

Emerson Cunningham
2 years ago

3 Completed3 Reviews

Hiked out to rock, walked around it and back to the car. 90+ degrees, but was worth the effort! Yes there was painting on the rock, not as much as I thought there would be after reading some reviews. Was able to look beyond it and marvel at the size and location of this amazing natural wonder!!!

Diane Covington
2 years ago

7 Completed2 Reviews

We had a great time exploring the area. Took some beautiful pictures. Only reason I dropped a star is because the trail needs to be marked clearer. Not crowded at all, and we walked the entire rock, the trails, saw a couple of waterfalls, fish, skinks, lizards, and a toad.

Stuart Condra
3 years ago

130 Completed3 Reviews

Wide-open expanse of exposed granite with a nice view the little waterfall below Approached from the north by parking at the end of Conservancy Road Definitely worth seeing but having grown up in Atlanta and climbed Stone Mountain many times it wasn't super impressive to me But I would come back

Dale R.
4 years ago

Very different trail from most in this part of the country. I found this trail very hard to follow and not well marked. I also met several other hikers that were as lost as we were. Still not a bad place to sit on a giant rock and think about how great it is to just be outdoors!