Forty Acre Rock Loop is a 2.7 kilometer 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, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 2.7 km Elevation Gain: 57 m Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

cave

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

muddy

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.

hiking
9 hours ago

Great time. We loved that we had this app otherwise definitely would of gotten lost. Couple areas were steep but do able. Waterfall and creek is full and beautiful. Definitely mind your gps or you will follow a different trail easily. Lots of shade apart from the main rock area. Lots of ferns and plant life very lush right now.

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flooded
muddy
no shade
rocky
3 days ago

nice trail, the rock and waterfall are great but the trail was a bit tough to get down and back up from the waterfall/creek.

hiking
6 days ago

Multiple waterfalls and breathtaking views make this the perfect hidden gem!

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14 days ago

Great hike! Very easy and perfect for beginners, families, pets, etc. After parking, you will walk a down a wide, sandy, flat trail. The trail emerges at the top of the rock flow. You can explore the rock, check out the water pools, and take in the amazing view! The trail picks up in two different locations on the edge of the rock, forming a loop. From here, you can find the waterfall. It is small but a great place to relax in the shade!

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21 days ago

This place is breathtaking! it's an easy walk to get to the enormous rock. The pictures do not do it justice. we felt like we were on the moon or a different planet! There are trails that go past the rock and down into the woods that lead to a waterfall. we got lost after the waterfall because the trails were no longer marked. we ended up by a second waterfall and pretty far from where we started. Luckily we found our way back to the super steep uphill climb(which I like but it would be too hard for older people or young kids) I took my dog and allowed her to be off the leash. she had a great time at the waterfall. if the trails were marked better I would give this 5 stars.

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21 days ago

Fantastic hike, 5 miles is more accurate, did the whole loop, great workout had fun exploring.

Beautiful views, granite cliffs, waterfalls, creeks, and flowers! Wonderful walk with the family.

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29 days ago

Enjoyed this trail!

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30 days ago

Trails are not well marked but are numerous. Started out to hike the upper parking to the beaver pond and back. But I got sidetracked by small side trails and just meandered around most of the day. The area looks totally out of place in this part of South Carolina, which makes it unique and a good visit. Also, the waterfall was attractive if not spectacular. The biggest drawback, other than being very crowded, was the graffiti that some %$#@ like to paint on everything that doesn't move: the rock, trees, and the waterfall. If someone reading this has made their mark on Forty Acre Rock please save your "urban art" for the rail cars.

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no shade
1 month ago

A good trail. The trail from the parking lot is wide and straight but not much shade. Once you get to the granite rock you will notice the graffiti on the rocks. What ashame! Took the trail from the granite rock to the waterfall. Pretty shaded and can be steep going down and coming up. Worth coming here.

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1 month ago

Great trail! Not hard! my 8 and 4 year old loved it! Nice trail to get the family out there!

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1 month ago

The trails are not very well marked. Very nice, fairly easy.

Really good trail overall. There's a couple waterfalls and all the rock formations/ Caves which are really cool sights. Only downside is that there can be a lot of traffic at times and the locals tend to trash the easily accessible locations, which is sad.

Great, semi-local hike.

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7 months ago

Great hike with the doggies!

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off trail
rocky
9 months ago

Awesome hike!

hiking
10 months ago

This was a perfect little day hike! Really easy with just a bit of harder trail near the top. Really amazed at the size of the rock. Disappointing to see graffiti and some trash but we wanted a nice uncrowded walk a short drive away from Charlotte over July 4 and this was perfect! Trail was well marked and we spent a good bit of time just exploring the rock formation! Will definitely go back!!!

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Mon Mar 25 2019

Great hike, especially at the end of March. We took our very active two year old down on the loop to the waterfall and he needed carried at some portions such as over large roots and the bridges but it was relatively easy for him. The waterfall was flowing well because of all the rain and there was tons of flowers blooming on the rock. It’s a shame people have graffitied on the rock and there is lots of broken glass so close toed shoes are recommended but I don’t think it took too much away from the natural beauty. Definitely still recommend!

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Mon Jan 21 2019

Wish people wouldn't trash beautiful places. Will never understand. The sheer length of the rock surprised me. Made for a fun short hike and picnic with a 2 & 5 year old. Careful with glass near rocks at beginning of trail.

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Wed Jan 09 2019

It is truly tragic that so many people intentionally defile such beautiful, natural wonders like 40 Acre Rock but thankfully we are still able to marvel at the remaining features our home provides and this one is nothing short of amazing. The main rock itself is impressive on its own without the lovely little streams that meander through the forest below, one of which is fed by an impressive (at the right season) series of waterfalls. A quick loop, plus a few detours, is in my opinion a great way to spend part of the day.

Sat Jan 05 2019

nice little get away close to the house.

Sun Oct 07 2018

The actual rock is cool. Hike is short lived. Not worth my hour drive

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Wed Aug 22 2018

Great place to spend a few hours. The scenery is much different than what you would expect in the middle of South Carolina. I was pleasantly surprised at the sheer size of the rock and the views from the top. The trails were NOT clearly marked but I had some fun exploring. Make sure to take hiking shoes with good grips for the descent. Loose gravel and huge elevation drop make it tricky. I didn't find any waterfalls but perhaps it was too dry? One more reason to go back and explore even more. The road up to the rock was mainly gravel and not dirt but all in all an awesome find and great workout.

Sat Aug 18 2018

Great place to explore!

Sat Jun 02 2018

I keep finding myself heading back to 40 acre rock, love this place. Really cool plants inhabit the vernal pools on the rock, some only peek out for a few weeks, flower, and then return to dormancy. The most recent recording I took will ensure that you see just about everything. It includes the walk around the beaver pond, rock formations, the section along the creek, and the waterfall/cave (second stopping point).

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Sat May 12 2018

Beautiful trail once crossed the rocks. We took our dog and was disappointed to find broken glass throughout most of the trail. Really cool cave but smelled like urine since an obvious hangout for teens. We didn’t see a waterfall but hasn’t rained in a week. Lots of graffiti throughout the entire hike. Won’t go back.

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