Department of Natural
Description: Both trails in this preserve
range from easy to strenuous. You will start on the Ravine Walk and at
approximately 0.3 mile you can continue through a forest, or turn right
onto the BluffRiver Walk toward the Congaree River. As you hike the
Ravine Walk you pass through a forest of American beech, oak, hickory,
and other bottomland hardwoods, and you may see a variety of birds and
possibly some animals as you cross over the creek. On the BluffRiver
Walk you can go left at the fork and follow the bluff to the
observation deck or the covered picnic shelter and enjoy a snack as you
look over the river. Turn right and you will go down along the river and
loop back to the bluff. You can access the Observation Walk from the
River-Bluff Walk, Ravine Walk, or the observation platform.
Insect repellent is recommended during
the warmer months. No bicycles or motorized vehicles are allowed. No plants or animals can be removed from this site
and please take all trash with you.
In order for a group to use
the Educational Center, the primary focus of the
meeting/gathering must be centered around natural or cultural
resources, and a completed application must be submitted to the
Calhoun County Conservation District (904 F.R. Huff Drive, Suite
104, P.O. Box 528, St. Matthews, SC 29135, 803-874-3337) for
approval 30 days prior to the use of the center.
The Calhoun County Conservation District must receive
approval from the SCDNR before issuing access to the preserve or
Length: Ravine Walk 1.5 miles, BluffRiver
Walk 1.0 mile, and Observation Walk 0.5 mile.
Fees: No fee.
Directions: From downtown St.
Matthews drive east on US 601 for 7.5 miles and turn left onto SC 419.
Pass Fort Motte, drive 1.0 mile, and turn right onto Turkey Track Lane.
You can park at one of two parking areas, the first at 0.5 mile and the
other at approximately 1.0 mile.
Hours: Dawn to dusk
Camping: No camping.
Trust Program, P.O. Box 167, Columbia, SC, 29202.
Updated: May 28, 2008
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