Hiking through Forty Acre Rock Heritage Preserve

Details

Distance

5 miles

Elevation Gain

100 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

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.

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Hiking
Family Friendly
Forest
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers

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Great experience!!!

Absolutely a great hiking trip and the water fall was gorgeous didn’t quite know where to go though no signs on any trails or anything and the graffiti just broke my heart but an awesome hike!! Definantly not for beginners but great workout!!

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.

Terrible

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.

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3.2/5

Leave No Trace

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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