Forty Acre Rock Loop

MODERATE 77 reviews

Forty Acre Rock Loop is a 1.7 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, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

1.7 miles
187 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly



nature trips






wild flowers


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.

2 months ago

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

3 months ago

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.

3 months ago

Great place to explore!

6 months ago

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).

7 months ago

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.

7 months ago

So fun!

7 months ago

features multiple waterfalls and has great scenery. sad there’s a bunch of graffiti, and lack of trail markers. but other than that it’s a great place.

8 months ago

Great hike with the family!

9 months ago

Nice trail and flowers in bloom today. Waterfall was a trickle but active. Signage on the rock itself is lacking but not a big issue.

9 months ago

The trail was in between easy and moderate difficulty. Some parts of the trail are not clearly marked, however it is a beautiful area, and worth exploring.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

This is close to home so I go here often. Lots of places to explore and several trails.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Good difficulty for a novice hiker. Trail poorly marked at points. Waterfall not always present.
Cool Cave - lots of graffiti

Sunday, August 27, 2017

poorly marked trail....couldn't see any sort of waterfall as many claimed

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Swastika graffiti is a buzzkill. Overgrowth so bad at one part that it's not fun to walk through. Not much wildlife to see on the rock in summer. Short, easy hike.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Drove all the way out here and gates closed and no idea where the trail starts and didn't want to leave my car in the middle of no where. The website says its permanently closed.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Tough (needs better markings though. Thanks to this app we were able to make our way back where we started.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

beautiful rock formation, just wish we found the rock slide that we read about.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

beautiful view

Sunday, February 12, 2017

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.

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

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.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

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

Sunday, August 28, 2016

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

Saturday, August 20, 2016

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

Sunday, August 07, 2016

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.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

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

Sunday, July 03, 2016

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

Sunday, March 20, 2016

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!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

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

Sunday, February 21, 2016

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.

Friday, November 06, 2015

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.

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