Nine Times Preserve

Trail Activities: t

  • Hike


5.20 miles




Natural, Rocky

Difficulty: Difficult

Trail Features: t

  • Information Sign
  • Waterfall
  • Parking
  • Scenic Observation
  • Pets
  • No Fee
  • No Camping


Named because nine bridges across a small creek were needed to gain access to the property, the 560‑acre nature preserve is one of the most biologically significant properties in the southeast. Located where the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains meet the Piedmont, The land encompasses five mountains that harbor more than 134 species of native wildflowers.

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Nine Times Preserve is located just off the Cherokee Scenic Highway (Hwy 11) minutes from Table Rock State Park and Jocassee Gorges State Management Area. With approximately 5 miles of trails to choose from this preserve offers a wonderful opportunity to take winding hikes along rushing creeks, through hardwood forests, as headwater streams course down nearby ravines and across mountain glades. 

Trillium Trail: An easy 0.25 mile hike one way along Eastatoee Creek, this trail offers the best opportunity at the preserve to view ephemeral wild flowers in spring. During the rest of the year enjoy a cool shady walk along the creek. Trailhead is located across the bridge from the Ephemeral Trail parking area located at the intersection of Eastatoe Creek Road and E. Preston McDaniels Road.

Rocky Bald Loop Trail: Located at the center of the preserve the Rocky Bald Loop trail is a moderate to difficult trail that winds for 0.6 miles along switchbacks up Rocky Bald Mountain. At this point hikers have the choice of continuing up Rocky Bald Mountain and eventually returning to the Rocky Bald parking area via an old logging road and a short hike along E. Preston McDaniel Road (1 mile) or taking the Cedar Rock Trail down to the Cedar Rock Parking Area (1.1 miles). Trailhead is located at the Rocky Bald parking area.

Cedar Rock Trail: A moderate to difficult trail along an old logging road that climbs up part way Cedar Rock Mountain. After approximately 0.5 miles hikers will reach a kiosk, at which point they have the opportunity of continuing another 0.6 miles to the Rocky Bald loop trail or returning to the parking area at Cedar Rock. Trailhead is located at the Cedar Rock Parking Area.

Difficulty: Easy to Difficult

Hours: Open year-round, dawn to dusk


From Highway 11 going west (away from Greenville toward Oconee County)

-At the Highway 11 and Highway 178 intersection continue west on Highway 11 for 4. 7 miles
-Turn left (south) on Eastatoee Creek Road (note: do not turn at the first Eastatoee Creek Road at 2. 7 miles)*

From Highway 11 going east (away from Oconee County toward Greenville)

-At the intersection of Highway 11 and Highway 133, travel east a few miles to Long Shoals Wayside Park
-Continue east after this park for 1.6 miles to Eastatoee Creek Road*

*Once on Eastatoee Creek Road you will see Antioch Baptist Church on the right. Go past the church for .5 mile to the E. Preston McDaniel Road intersection.  

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Lat: 34.95337162792310
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