Peachtree Rock

Columbia, South Carolina

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A visit to a prehistoric rock formations along two short loop trails through varied vegetation. Peachtree Rock Heritage Preserve is a 306-acre refuge dedicated to the protection of a number of unique sandstone formations and the flora and fauna surrounding them. Peachtree Rock, Little Peachtree Rock, and other interesting formations are the main attractions. However, the flora and fauna are also unique and worth taking time to view. Even though the preserve lies in central South Carolina, many miles from the mountains, mountain laurel flourishes here. Moreover, one plant, the blueberry vine called Rayner’s blueberry, is found nowhere else but here in Lexington County. The trees are mostly turkey oak and longleaf pine, but others such as mockernut hickory dot the forest. A variety of lizards, including eastern fence lizards, Carolina anoles, and various skinks, scramble underfoot. Birds are somewhat scarce, but pileated woodpeckers, tufted titmice, summer tanagers, and white-eyed and red-eyed vireos can usually be found.

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"A visit to a prehistoric rock formations along two short loop trails through varied vegetation. Peachtree Rock Heritage Preserve is a 306-acre refuge dedicated to the protection of a number of unique sandstone formations and the flora and fauna surrounding them. Peachtree Rock, Little Peachtree Rock, and other interesting formations are the main attractions. However, the flora and fauna are also unique and worth taking time to view. Even though the preserve lies in central South Carolina, many miles from the mountains, mountain laurel flourishes here.

Moreover, one plant, the blueberry vine called Rayner’s blueberry, is found nowhere else but here in Lexington County. The trees are mostly turkey oak and longleaf pine, but others such as mockernut hickory dot the forest. A variety of lizards, including eastern fence lizards, Carolina anoles, and various skinks, scramble underfoot. Birds are somewhat scarce, but pileated woodpeckers, tufted titmice, summer tanagers, and white-eyed and red-eyed vireos can usually be found."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Columbia
Distance: 2
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Half a day
Season: Spring, autumn, and winter.
Local Contacts: Nature Conservancy, 2231 Devine Street, Columbia, SC 29205, (803) 254-9049
Local Maps: Nature Conservancy brochure, Pelion East USGS quad
Driving Directions: Directions to Peachtree Rock

Recent Trail Reviews

7/11/2009
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grate hike loved it will go back with the kid and the dog easy to get to east to do and beautful 2


9/2/2002
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The blue trail at Peachtree Rock is an easy trail. It is mostly sand in a pine wood. Gentle inclines and declines. There is only one place where a steep step is needed. The steepest part of the trail is getting from the parking area to the actual rock and “waterfall”. As far as waterfalls go this one is more like an open tap, but it is the only one in the midland section of the state (as far as I know). Some wild flowers along the way make it pretty. It is a good trail to just get away and relax. It is a fairly popular trail since it is in close proximity to Columbia.



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