Hiking through Forty Acre Rock Heritage Preserve

South Carolina Forty Acre Rock Heritage Preserve

Added by The Outbound Collective

An intermediate hike with scenic sights along the way, including a waterfall, beaver pond, and large granite flatrock.

This 2,267 acre preserve is known for its hiking, birding, and a 14-acre granite flatrock with a variety of wildflowers to observe. This moderate hike will take you past the flatrock, as well as a small waterfall and pond.

Start at the lower parking lot. The hike begins through the forest, then follows along Flat Creek to Beaver Pond. After the pond you will find a small waterfall, then hike up to the beautiful Forty Acre Rock.

You can consult a map of the preserve here.

Photo Credit: Photos of Lancaster, SC

Pack List

  • Hiking boots
  • Water
  • Sun protection
Read More

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

Share

Activities:

Hiking

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

5 Miles

Elev. Gain:

100 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Family Friendly
Forest
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers

Are we missing something?

Suggest an edit

How to Get There

9 months ago

Great Day Trip

The big rock is by far the main attraction but don't bypass the caves and rock mounds close by. Most are off trail but not such to disorientate the habitual hiker. More daring folk can follow the trail (upstream) to just past the footbridge over the swamp. From the end of that bridge upstream (off trail) they will find a decommissioned highway bridge over Flat Creek that used to be the main thoroughfare for highway 601. Be aware graffiti and trash are obvious issues and pack out+ always.

9 months ago

Added by The Outbound Collective

Your Home For Adventure.

More Adventures Nearby

Hike the Weston Lake Trail, Congaree NP

South Carolina / Weston Lake Trail

If you're looking for a longer hike in Congaree National Park than just the Boardwalk Loop, try adding another 2.0 miles to the Boardwalk Loop by hiking the Weston Lake Trail.

Elyse Clark
2 Saves

Walk the Nature Trail at the Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge

South Carolina / Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge

This trail is located on the Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge. The trail is very well marked and well maintained so it's easy to access.

Alyssa Eberflus
3 Saves

Hike the Nature Trail at Sergeant Jasper Park

South Carolina / Nature Trailhead - Sergeant Jasper Park

This park is filled with everything an outdoor adventure should have. Each of the seven lakes has gorgeous look out spots where you can fish (if you purchase a daily pass).

Alyssa Eberflus
5 Saves