Parson's Mountain

Abbeville, South Carolina

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A morning or afternoon walk up Parson's Mountain and around a lake. At 800 feet, Parson’s Mountain is not especially high, but it dominates its relatively flat surroundings and offers a commanding view from its summit. It also offers hikers a surprisingly spirited climb. Gold was mined here during the Civil War, and the mine shafts are a highlight of the trail. Wading birds, including great blue heron, frequent the lake, and redheaded and other woodpeckers are common in the forest. The woods are rich in flowering plants, including wild ginger, hepatica, dogwood, cat brier (Smilax), sparkleberry, redbud, and rattlesnake plantain. Big beeches grow near the lake and watercourses, including one by the lake that still stands though the base of its trunk is split in half.

Parson's Mountain Professional Review and Guide

"A morning or afternoon walk up Parson's Mountain and around a lake. At 800 feet, Parson’s Mountain is not especially high, but it dominates its relatively flat surroundings and offers a commanding view from its summit. It also offers hikers a surprisingly spirited climb.

Gold was mined here during the Civil War, and the mine shafts are a highlight of the trail. Wading birds, including great blue heron, frequent the lake, and redheaded and other woodpeckers are common in the forest. The woods are rich in flowering plants, including wild ginger, hepatica, dogwood, cat brier (Smilax), sparkleberry, redbud, and rattlesnake plantain. Big beeches grow near the lake and watercourses, including one by the lake that still stands though the base of its trunk is split in half."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Abbeville
Distance: 4
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Half a day
Season: Year-round.
Local Contacts: Land Resources Division, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, 2221 Devine Street, Columbia, SC 29205; (803) 734-9108
Local Maps: Parson's Mountain Recreation Area map, Forest Service; Verdery USGS quad.
Driving Directions: Directions to Parson's Mountain

Recent Trail Reviews

11/17/2000
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My first trip here I found downed trees, brush, etc on trail. I was informed by a regular hiker that the U.S. Forest Service, for some stupid reason, will not allow him and his friends (individuals) to keep the trail clear. What a shame, this could be a really neat trail for the area to enjoy.



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