Hiking through Forty Acre Rock Heritage Preserve

5 Miles Round Trip - 100 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Forty Acre Rock Heritage Preserve - Search Nearby - 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


Family Friendly


5 Miles
100 ft elevation gain
Out-and-Back Trail

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Go for the hike, not the rock

As mentioned in other reviews, the rock has been defaced with graffiti and has its issues with others not living the “Leave No Trace” lifestyle. However if you’re starting at the rock, then once you head down and onto the trail, the hike is enjoyable. The trees provide plenty of shade to stay cool and covered. Trail markers are present, but since maps are light for this trail, it could use an extra sign here or there to provide some feedback on distances to first-timers.


The map takes you to a gate with graffiti and the rock has graffiti and there’s trash . It’s a dump. You should take this off of here. Totally not worth the drive I took.

It’s What You Make It

This is a great time with a few good friends. Definitely start at the “Lower Parking Lot” and hike around the beaver pond & from there continue to the rock. That makes the trip worth it. The hiking is light to moderate.