Peachtree Rock Heritage Preserve

Property Location

Lexington, SC 29073

Latitude: 33.828  Longitude:-81.202
Acreage: 460
County: Lexington

Property Type: Heritage Preserve - Natural

NO Hunting Allowed on Property

Hours of Operation

Regulation No. 123-204 C

Heritage preserves are open for public use from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset.

Activities / Facilities

Nature Viewing Hiking

Property Owner Information

The Nature Conservancy

'The Nature Conservancy' is the property Owner and has a cooperative partnership with SCDNR to manage this property.

Property Description

Photograph of Peachtree Rock

The End of an Era - News Release concerning Peach Tree rock (Adobe PDF file)

Peachtree Rock Heritage Preserve comprises 460 acres and is co-managed by the S.C. Chapter of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The DNR owns fee title to 155 acres and holds a conservation easement on the remaining 305 acres, owned by TNC.

Located in Lexington County, South Carolina, the preserve harbors the largest sandstone outcrops in the state, the only waterfall in the coastal plain, a swamp tupelo-evergreen shrub bog and a longleaf pine ecosystem. It is located in a valley at the headwaters of Hunt Branch which feeds into Second Creek and then the Congaree River.

The geology of Peachtree Rock is significant because of the unusual sandstone formations and abundance of fossil evidence. The formations originated when oceans washed over the area leaving marine fossils, beach-like sand and intertidal deposits.

The vegetation in the valley near the waterfall is in contrast to that on the dry, sandy ridge above. Mountain laurel, tulip or yellow poplar and maple-leafed viburnum can be seen in the wet areas, while lichens cover the rock surfaces and ferns grow near the creek. On the ridge, pines and turkey oaks dominate the dry soil, which is well drained and poor in nutrients. Overall, more than 245 different plant species have been documented on the preserve.

For questions about this property, please contact:
Colette DeGarady
The Nature Conservancy-SC Chapter
960 Morrison Drive, Suite 100
Charleston, SC 29403-3819
Phone: 843-937-8807 ext 15