Forty Acre Rock Heritage Preserve Trail

MODERATE 47 reviews

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

DISTANCE
2.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
298 feet
ROUTE TYPE
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.

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2 months ago

beautiful view

hiking
2 months ago

A truly special place in South Carolina. The views are amazing, and the area is full of surprises. The trail is not well marked in some areas, but if you watch geographic features, you can find your way easy enough. Recommend parking at the higher of the two lots, as the approach to the rock from that side is very dramatic.

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6 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.

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7 months ago

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7 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
7 months ago

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

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
8 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.

8 months ago

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

9 months ago

9 months ago