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Peachtree Figure-Eight Hike

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A scenic spot only 30 minutes outside Columbia complete with unique sandstone structures and a refreshing waterfall.


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2.7

Miles

4.4

KM

Loop

540' 165 m

High

409' 125 m

Low

191' 58 m

Up

192' 58 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

7%

Max Grade (4°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Geological Significance · Waterfall

Family Friendly Lots of shade and sandy areas to explore and play in.

Overview

Peachtree Rock Heritage Preserve provides visitors an easily-accessible swath of Sandhill habitat, which marks the uppermost section of the coastal plains of South Carolina. This figure-eight hike hits all the must-see features of the property, starting with the namesake Peachtree Rock, followed by a refreshing waterfall that plunges some twenty feet into Hunt Creek, before ending with a visit to the Little Peachtree Rock in the northeast.

With numerous trails through this land, hikes can be adapted for a variety of lengths or traveled in numerous directions for time or ability. Generally, the tread and elevation are manageable for most visitors.

Need to Know

Open dawn to dusk.

Description

From the northernmost parking area off SC 6, head into the Preserve on one of the forested hiking trails as it bends to the north toward Peachtree Rock and the waterfall. Some intersections can be a little confusing so check out the Hiking Project mobile app for on-trail navigation.

After visiting the namesake rock and waterfall, backtrack a short way to continue east (left) through a shaded stretch of trail. Stay straight with a trail heading to the right (south) and then straight again to continue east. This second turn isn't as important as you'll be doing a loop so it can be hiked in either direction.

Staying with this hike, continue east on the Peachtree Rock Main Trail, making a left to head north for a short distance before another left and then another left to loop back to the west toward Little Peachtree Rock and a short spur on the Little Peachtree Rock Loop. After visiting the Little Peachtree Rock, head back to the trail you were on and continue west (right) back toward the first loop.

This time, take a right and then quick left to follow the southern half of the first loop back to the starting trail and parking area.

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Zander Göpfert

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Looking up at Little Peachtree Rock
Mar 22, 2019 near Gaston, SC
Waterfall on the trail about 50 yars from Peachtree Rock
Mar 22, 2019 near Gaston, SC

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