Forty Acre Rock Heritage Preserve Trail

MODERATE 32 reviews

Forty Acre Rock Heritage Preserve Trail is a 2.4 mile out and back trail located near Kershaw, SC that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and birding and is accessible from September until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

2.4 miles 299 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

walking

waterfall

wild flowers

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

25 days ago

hiking
2 months ago

parked at the 2nd from the bottom entrance and hiked down and then took the first left off the main trek. this is a great hike if you wanna hike for less than an hour there and back. you see big bolders to the left, the walk around the pond and off to the right is another big bolder you can sit on and look out over the Lilly padded pond. It's an easy walk with one step quick incline. we used walking sticks but they aren't needed. just good shoes.

3 months ago

Nice walk with all the kids. Everyone had fun. A couple trail markings were a little subtle, so the map was important for us.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful trail but sucky trail markings...got lost and off the trail often but found our way back roughly.

3 months ago

i love the view and its nice if u bring your dog but do b careful bec there feet burn on the rock and for any glass

hiking
4 months ago

There are signs along the way, so be looking for them and not at your phone.
When you follow the road in, you'll see a point where you can turn left just after several large rocks with graffiti on them. Turn left and follow the rock down to the trail and you'll end up doing a loop back to where you started. Once along the lower part of your hike, you'll see a cave and a 1-2 small waterfalls. As I'm sure you've read, there is a ton of graffiti and beer cans. Bring a trash bag and help carry out some of the trash that trashy people left behind. The hike wasn't too difficult, but I can see where folks might get confused on where to go. It looks like there are several side trails to different points of interest. Follow the signs and you'll be find.

4 months ago

Very fun trail! Lots of awesome and (mostly) preserved nature to see.

4 months ago

4 months ago

5 months ago

we parked at the top of the park and went on to the 40-acre Rock. Difficult to find the trail from The Rock. It's in the lower right hand corner.

also I happen to be an incredibly hot and humid day but the trail was nice

hiking
8 months ago

Short hike and not too hard. Had some really great spots to see and I was amazed about the size of that rock. All in all I think it's a good place to see at least once!

hiking
8 months ago

Short hike to a big (huge) rock. Lots of graffiti and trash here and there but nice view. Cool rock. Dog friendly.

hiking
9 months ago

Good trail length with some pretty neat views. Some spots are steep so watch your footing. There is a TON of graffiti but it doesn't take away from the experience.

hiking
1 year ago

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.

1 year ago

Fun for my dog and I to spend a Saturday.

1 year ago

Perfect for a beautiful fall day with my son!

birding
1 year ago

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

hiking
1 year ago

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.

1 year ago

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.

1 year ago

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.