Forty Acre Rock Heritage Preserve

Kershaw, SC
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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.

Upon entering Lancaster from Hwy-521 exit onto 521-Bypass heading south, exit on Hwy-903, drive app. 15 miles till you see old Flat Creek School on the left, continue straight on Hwy-601 for app. 2 miles till you cross the first bridge, turn onto the first left and look for the signs and parking lots on the left side of the road.

DNR Heritage Trust Program (803) 734-3893

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5 Completed 1 Reviews

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

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3 Completed 3 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.

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3 Completed 3 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!!!

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6 Completed 1 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.

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124 Completed 3 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

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Dale Richardson

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5 Completed 4 Reviews

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!

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18 Completed 12 Reviews

would be a great place BUT all the trash and spray paint. almost if every teenager in 30 miles has tagged the place. Other than that, great views, little hard to find.

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1 Completed 1 Reviews

This a a nice afternoon hike. You get decent exercise without being exhausted, there are several habitats and features, and the rock is pretty cool. We have actually done this trail three or four times.

As a couple of the other postings suggest, take a bag and carry out some trash. Unfortunately, because 40 Acre Rock is easily accessible it seems to get used by a lot of clueless types. If the rest of us all help a little it can stay reasonable.

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13 Completed 2 Reviews

Summary: 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. you will also see the disrespectful evidence of human behavior, trash and graffiti.

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