Hiking Trail

Peachtree Rock Nature Preserve

(Lexington County)


Starting from either parking area, you will enter a 306-acre refuge dedicated to the protection of some unique sandstone formations. The most famous, Peachtree Rock, looks like a precariously balanced overturned pyramid. Some 20 feet high, it is a remnant from millions of years ago when the Sandhills were the continent’s eastern coastline, which accounts for the largest collection of marine fossils found in the state. Just north of Peachtree Rock and  you will see the only naturally occurring waterfall in the Midlands, a 20-foot drop into Hunt Creek that’s cool and refreshing during hotter weather. From the waterfall continue in an easterly direction to the highest point in the preserve where you will see another feature, the Tall Rock (or Little Peachtree Rock).

This area is hiking only, and leave only your footprints. Insect repellent is recommended during warm months.

Length: Approximately 7.5 miles of trail.

Fees: None.

Directions: From I 26, Exit 113 (Airport Exit) in Columbia, drive southwest on SC 302 (Edmund Road) past the airport. Drive approximately 11 miles and fork left (southeast) on SC 6. Drive for 1.0 mile and you will see the parking area on the left at Peachtree Rock Road, or you can continue 0.4 mile to a second parking area..

Hours: Dawn to dusk.

Camping: No camping.

Information: The Nature Conservancy, 2231 Devine St., Columbia, SC 29205, Telephone: 803-254-9049.
DNR Heritage Trust Program, PO Box 167, Columbia, SC 29202, Telephone: 803-734-3886.

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Updated: August 1, 2008
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