Forty Acre Rock Heritage Preserve

Forty Acre Rock Heritage Preserve located in Lancaster, South Carolina offers a great place for photographers, bird watchers and hiker, to get out and enjoy a pleasant walk.




The area is known as one of the best birding and wildflower spots in South Carolina. Designated as a National Natural Landmark, the preserve (2,267 acres) includes pine forests, granite flatrocks, oak-hickory hardwood forests, successional habitat, a very large beaver pond, and hardwood floodplain forests along Flat Creek.


The main attraction of the preserve is a large granite flatrock (actually just fourteen acres) which provides habitat to endemic species such as elf orpine and the endangered pool sprite.

Latitude: 34.6752  Longitude: -80.5236


Directions: Starting from the intersection of US 601 and SC 903 (about 7 miles north of Kershaw SC), drive north on US 601 for about 1.5 miles. Take a left onto Nature Reserve Road. The lower parking lot is about .5 miles on the left. This parking lot is near the beaver pond. To reach the upper parking lot, drive north on Nature Reserve Road for 2.5 miles then take a left onto Conservancy Road. Follow Conservancy Road to the end. This parking area is closest to the actual rock.


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