South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
Eva Russell Chandler Heritage Preserve/Wildlife Management Area
Property LocationCleveland, SC 29635
Latitude: 35.075 Longitude:-82.605
Game Zone: 1
Property Type: Heritage Preserve / WMA Other
Hours of Operation
The area is open during daylight hours year-round.
Activities / Facilities
Welcome to Chandler Heritage Preserve, owned and managed by the SC Department of Natural Resources. Walk behind the gate and follow the trail signs where the trail turns to the left off of the old roadbed. The half-mile trail forms a loop, passing through a Virginia pine-hardwood community into a hardwood site and past a large granite outcrop. A stream flows from a flat floodplain and tumbles down the granite outcrop. The trail follows the creek up the floodplain where Southern Lady, New York and Christmas ferns form dense patches. Many spring wildflowers including long-spurred violets can be seen along this portion of trail. The trail emerges onto Persimmon Ridge Road and visitors can then walk up the road to the parking area.
The 253-acre preserve protects several rare plant species, including Grass-of-Parnassus (blooms in late fall), Indian paintbrush and Thousand-Leaf Groundsel.
Hunting is allowed on a portion (approximately 100 acres) of the preserve in accordance with Game Zone 1, Caesars Head WMA regulations.