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Forty Acre Rock — Kershaw, South Carolina

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Forty Acre Rock Heritage Preserve in Lancaster County contains the Upstate’s most diverse natural habitats. What seems like a 40-acre-wide granite rock at the peak of the preserve actually spans only 14 acres. Yet the views that stretch across the Piedmont from atop this natural wonder give the illusion of the formation being much bigger.

Forty Acre Rock

Andy Lawless of Lancaster, 2009 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The entire preserve encompasses 2,267 acres of biodiversity, with waterfalls, beaver ponds, a vast array of wildflowers, and even long leaf pine forests all adding to the remarkable medley of plant life found here.

Forty Acre Rock Spring

Andrew Palmer of Columbia, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Several rare and protected plants are provided sanctuary within the preserve’s hardwood forests and the rock’s microhabitats.

Forty Acre Rock Heritage Preserve

Barry Gooch of Port Royal, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Sadly, vandals have contributed to the fragility of the rock and its surroundings by operating four-wheelers within the preserve, which is not allowed. Others have spray painted graffiti on the rock, causing harm to its plants, and subsequently, the animals who eat them.

Forty Acre Rock Graffiti

Barry Gooch of Port Royal, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The damage done to this otherwise pristine refuge is reminiscent to that suffered at Peachtree Rock Heritage Preserve in Lexington County.

Forty Acre Rock Lancaster

Barry Gooch of Port Royal, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Visitors are encouraged to walk the trails and appreciate the arresting beauty of Forty Acre Rock, respecting and conserving the ancient heritage of natural South Carolina.

Forty Acre Rock Preserve

Barry Gooch of Port Royal, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Forty Acre Heritage Preserve

Barry Gooch of Port Royal, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Reflections on Forty Acre Rock

Contributor Andy Lawless writes, “Forty Acre Rock Heritage Preserve located in Lancaster, South Carolina offers a great place for photographers, bird watchers and hikers to get outdoors in nature while enjoying a pleasant walk.”

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Forty Acre Rock Info

Address: Nature Reserve Road, Kershaw, SC 29067
GPS Coordinates: 34.6752,-80.5236

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3 Comments about Forty Acre Rock

Terri HartmanNo Gravatar says:
April 9th, 2017 at 7:53 pm

Most diverse area I have ever visited. Great trails beautiful wildflowers. You can go from a tiny stream to a large area of water and numerouse waterfalls. But when you climb the mountain to see the whold top is rock it is like another planet. Very unusual and would recommend to visit. A wonderful trip for all!

Brian Dale says:
February 28th, 2015 at 5:52 pm

Visited on a sunny winter day and had a lovely time!

Faye BurnetteNo Gravatar says:
July 26th, 2014 at 6:26 pm

Can you take horses to ride the trails?


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