Mountain Tower and Lake
(Parson’s Mountain Recreation Area)
Parson’s Mountain Recreation Area just south of Abbeville is home to
an 800-foot summit and a moderately difficult four-mile loop trail.
You don’t have to climb the mountain to enjoy the mostly
clay-surfaced Parson’s Lake Trail. The forest around this recreation
area includes woods overflowing with flowering flora such as
sparkleberry, redbud, wild ginger, and dogwood. You can see many of
these by merely following the loop around Parson’s Mountain Lake. If
you’re up for a tougher hike, a spur branches off at the westernmost
portion of trail and you will climb past Civil War-era gold mines to
the summit of Parson’s Mountain. The mountain is neither terribly
high nor dramatic, but it offers compelling views of the surrounding
countryside. Geologists call this type of hill a “monadnock,”
which is a technical term for a mound of hard rock left when all the
surrounding land erodes away. Restrooms and drinking water are
available at the campground.
$3 per vehicle per day, or $25.00 annual pass.
From Abbeville, drive southwest on SC 72 for approximately two miles,
then turn left (south) onto SC 28. Drive for approximately two miles
and turn left onto Abbeville County S-1-251. The entrance to Parson’s
Mountain Recreation Area is 1.5 miles ahead on the right. Enter the
recreation area and continue to the trailhead at the boat ramp parking
Open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Parson’s Mountain Recreation Area has 23 campsites ($7 per site, per
night) and primitive camping is available at nearby Fell Hunt Camp.
Forest, Long Cane Ranger District,
810 Buncombe St., Edgefield, SC 29824,
Updated: November 17, 2004
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