Hiking through Forty Acre Rock Heritage Preserve

South Carolina Forty Acre Rock Heritage Preserve

  • Activities:

    Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    5 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    100 Feet

Family Friendly
Forest
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers

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
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Not worth the trip. Directions from app take you straight to a gate near the flat rock. It's a 5 minute walk to the rock which is covered in graffiti and has a disappointing view. Not much of a hike at all.

about 2 months ago
about 2 months ago

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.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

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