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    Mark Roberts added boone fork trail

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    Mark Roberts reviewed Peachtree Rock

    12 months ago

    Peachtree rock is an excellent short hiking trail. It traverses several habitats - sandy scrub, mesic hardwoods, pine forests - and features the only waterfall in the Midlands. You can see some really fun rocky outcroppings and evidence of erosion over the millennia. It is also home to some rare botanical gems if you are interested in local plants.

    The hike itself is fairly easy. There is only minor elevation changes but some pretty nice scenic views of the forest.

    The trailhead parking lot is often packed on the weekends, but rarely so during the week. From the trailhead you hike a short distance to where the trail comes to a "T" - if you take the left arm of the T you will be headed towards the Peachtree Rock itself, and the waterfall. Most people that you will encounter will be between the parking lot and the waterfall. During the weekends when the weather is nice this area can be quite crowded with people and dogs making their way to see the waterfall. Once you get beyond that point, there are few people, and almost none if you are here during the week.

    It is a small park not far from Columbia but feels quite isolated when people aren't around. The rock itself has fallen over but remains where it fell. The waterfall is nothing to get too excited about - it is really just a small creek that drops off a cliff that is about 20' high. Its sill rare to find this far east in SC and is worth seeing.

    The trails themselves are very poorly marked. A few years back there used to be a well marked trail system with red and blue blazes marking different trails. Now some trails are not marked at all, some have the remnants of the red or blue blazes, and some have white metal signs that simply say "hiking trail". There is a spiderweb of trails so this can make it very easy to get turned around. If it were not for the lack of trail marking, I would give this 5 stars. Definitely load one of the recordings that other people have done into your app so you can follow along on your hike - otherwise its hard to know where you are going.

    I have hiked this with my kids many times, from the time they could walk. They love it. Its diverse, has an interesting waterfall and creek for them to play in and float leaves down, and is short enough to for relatively young kids to complete. Mine have done it on their own, without me carrying them, since they were 6 years old. However, be warned that there is sometimes glass shards in the creek near the waterfall because of broken bottles. If your young ones like to play in the stream, bring some sandals or something to avoid getting their feet cut.

    Mark Roberts completed Peachtree Rock

    about 1 year ago

    Mark Roberts saved Peachtree Rock

    about 1 year ago

    Mark Roberts saved Blue Heron Loop Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Mark Roberts saved Pinnacle Overlook Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Mark Roberts saved Rock Island Twin Falls

    over 1 year ago

    Mark Roberts added Want to do

    over 1 year ago

    Mark Roberts completed Turtlehead Peak Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Mark Roberts saved Turtlehead Peak Trail

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    Mark Roberts saved Calico Tanks Trail

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