Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve
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- Trail Head
- Scenic Observation
- No Fee
- No Camping
This moderately difficult out and back dirt trail will take you up the south side of Squirrel Mountain and down the north side to the South Pacolet River.
Starting from the parking area, this moderately difficult, out and back dirt trail will take you up the south side of Squirrel Mountain and down the north side to the South Pacolet River. The first part is new growth forest and not very exciting, but continue and you will be treated to a lush hardwood forest and rock outcroppings on the sides of Chestnut Ridge and Squirrel Mountain. Two short bridges help you over the wet spots and steps on the steep parts aid your climbs. You may see a wide variety of plants such as the white irisette and animals include bear, deer, raccoons, and turkeys.
Insect repellent is recommended during the warm months. Wear bright colored clothing during hunting season. No motorized vehicles, mountain bikes, or horses are allowed. No plants or animals may be removed from this site.
The area is open only during daylight hours.Directions:
From Gowensville: Drive west on SC 11 for approximately 4.5 miles and turn right onto Oak Grove Road. Drive for 1.0 mile and park in the gravel parking area on the left.
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources | 311 Natural Resources Drive, Clemson, SC 29631 | (864) 654-1671