Rock Hill Blackjacks Heritage Preserve
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- Scenic Observation
- Information Sign
- Point of Interest
- No Fee
- No Camping
The Rock Hill Blackjacks Heritage Preserve covers 291 acres at the edge of the city of Rock Hill in York County. The Preserve is a blend of prairie-like meadows, wetlands, upland swamps, lichen-covered boulders, wildflowers, wildlife and forests, including the blackjack oaks. This small area is all that remains of the once widespread prairie system in South Carolina.
Starting from the parking area on Blackmon Road or Southland Park this is an easy loop through the Blackjacks Heritage Preserve. Made possible by the efforts of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, the Nature Conservancy, and the City of Rock Hill, this trail guides you through a wooded area that is home for three rare plant communities and thirteen rare plant species. An example is the abundance of prairie species wildflowers like the Schweinitzs’ sunflower. As you follow arrows and metal hiking figures, you will walk on a primarily dirt surface, but in some parts, wood chips have been placed between railroad ties to help mark the trail. There are no facilities on the trail or in the parking areas. Also, during the summer months it is advisable to bring insect repellant to combat red bugs, and mosquitoes.
Hours: Dawn to duskDirections:
From Exit 73 on I-77 at Rock Hill: Drive northwest on SC 901and enter by either of two entrances.
To the Southland Park entrance: Turn right onto Pearson Drive, drive .3 mile and turn left onto Southland Drive. Drive .2 mile and turn left onto Winchester Drive. The parking area is approximately 200 feet.
To the Blackmon Road entrance: At the junction with SC 72, turn right onto the SC 72 by-pass. Drive .5-mile and turn right onto Blackmon Road. The parking area is .2-mile on the right.
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources | 1000 Assembly Street, Columbia, SC 29201 | (803) 734-4080