Stevens Creek Heritage Preserve
Most trails and outdoor spaces are open, and outdoor recreation is encouraged. Please follow outdoor recreation social distancing guidelines and trail etiquette. Be respectful of others, and call ahead if there's uncertainty regarding the trail being open (contact information can be found on each trail page).
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- Trail Head
- Scenic Observation
- No Fee
- No Camping
On the descent from the trailhead, it’s hard to envision the magic that Stevens Creek Heritage Preserve promises. Then as the plunge downhill accelerates, there is a shift in the air.
Starting from the trailhead at the parking area on this moderately difficult loop trail, you will make a brief descent before you climb a ridge overlooking a beautiful river valley. To the left, an ancient species of moss and lichen coat outcroppings of rock. You will wind through trees on the hilltop, make u-turns to the left, and descend to a lush river flat splashed with wildflowers and dogwood trees. From here the view is reversed. The ridge is above and you are following the banks of the river. You are invited to appreciate the scenery, but since this area has an abundance of rare plants, walk with care. The Florida Gooseberry, Webster’s Salamander and some other rare plants and animals are protected by special regulations. Rock crossings above a gentle waterfall and parts of the lower trail may be slippery in wet weather. Watch for snakes and other wildlife, also insect repellant is advisable in season. Pets are allowed on leashes.
Hours: Dawn to dusk
Camping: Available at Hamilton Branch State Park, call (864) 333-2223.Directions:
From Edgefield: Drive west on SC 23 for approximately 15 miles and turn left onto Red Oak Grove Road (Edgefield County S-19-139). Drive 2.5 miles to a dead end and turn right onto Garrett Road (S-19-143). The trailhead is 1.5 miles on the right.
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources | 1000 Assembly Street, Columbia, SC 29201 | (803) 734-4080