Forty Acre Rock Heritage Preserve Trail

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a nice hike, beaver pond, waterfall,a cave and a huge rock !!

2.4 miles 521 feet Out & Back
dog friendly kid friendly birding hiking walking waterfall wild flowers
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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.

Alfredo Hogfat

5 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

1 Completed1 Reviews

Fun for my dog and I to spend a Saturday.

Rebecca Mone

10 Completed3 Reviews

Perfect for a beautiful fall day with my son!

Rebecca Mone

10 Completed3 Reviews

Perfect for a beautiful fall day with my son!

Ronnie Wall

1 Completed1 Reviews

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

Leo Rose

9 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

9 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

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

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

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.