Recess Plantation Trail
ElevationAscent: 4' 1 m
Descent: -4' -1 m
High: 4' 1 m
Low: 1' 0 m
GradeAvg Grade: 0% (0°)
Max Grade: 0% (0°)
“A nice 5k trail around an old rice plantation irrigation canal.”— msm0711 McBride
Head straight for 1.5 miles until you hit the next gate at the other end of the wildlife drive. Head right and immediately hit the other side of the canal. Head through that gate and head down the mirrored edge of the canal until you come back to the start.
Remember to pick of the ticks and fire ants when you are finished. There is a decent porta john about 50 yards to the east of the end of the trail if needed. Parking is available at the kiosk near the beginning of the wildlife drive as well as near the porta john.
Laurel Hill is bordered by the Little Back River, which is a channel of the Savannah River. Rice was grown in fields that were flooded with fresh water from the river. In, 1825, the plantation had a house, rice mill, winnowing house, barns, and dwellings for 150 slaves.
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