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