Peachtree Rock

EASY 93 reviews

Peachtree Rock is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lexington, South Carolina that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
173 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

waterfall

over grown

rocky

hiking
24 days ago

hiking
1 month 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.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Worst marked trails ever. Trail signs were not marked consistently. Very confusing. Got lost or turned around multiple times. Found ourselves backtracking the same path we’d just walked. Thick white sand on trails. Hard to walk on. Was not level. Several inclines were pretty severe being as we ate beginners. Definitely not an “easy” hike. Won’t go back.

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2 months ago

The easy tag can be a bit misleading. for many. Easy should be for paved well marked out near flat walking trails. this is not. The path is filled root and uneven ground. Wear a good hiking boot. while they try to mark paths it is easy to get lost as many have cut path that can take you off the main and get you lost. Elevations and steps can get a little steep in places so bring a walking stick if you not sure footed. Don't get me wrong this hike was great but not easy. No a hike for young kids or elderly looking to take a walk. the terrain could cause issues. And to be honest if you are out of shape the inclines could really wear you out. Take a bottle and a map or GPS cause you can get lost.

hiking
2 months ago

I've been out to Peachtree Rock twice now, both times I've gotten lost. There doesn't seem to be one set trail, but rather it's a large wooded area with many off-shoots for you to explore and hike. It is a lovely area though.

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2 months ago

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3 months ago

Nice trail with lots of cool rock formations to see but very easy to get off the trail. Needs to be more markers. We would have been lost without our AllTrails map. Rated as easy but seemed a bit more moderate. Still a nice area and good hike.

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