Peters Creek Heritage Preserve

Property Location

State Road S-42-9856 (Martin Mill Road)
Spartanburg, SC 29307

Latitude: 34.995  Longitude:-81.866
Acreage: 160
County: Spartanburg

Property Type: Heritage Preserve - Natural

NO Hunting Allowed on Property

Hours of Operation

The area is open during daylight hours year-round.

Activities / Facilities

Nature Viewing Hiking

Property Description

Photograph of Dwarf Heartleaf

Peters Creek Heritage Preserve covers 160 acres in Spartanburg County. This piedmont cove forest, with its rolling topography, an old mill dam, two creeks and walking trails, is a pleasant and peaceful place to visit. The Preserve includes hardwood bluffs and slopes along Peters Creek, Mineral Springs and an unnamed stream. These hardwoods provide stream and bluff-side conditions suitable for the second largest known population of dwarf-flowered heartleaf, Hexastylis naniflora, a threatened species. Songbirds and wildlife make their home in these hardwood forests, the pine woodlands and scrub land.

Volunteers and staff have constructed almost seven miles of trails throughout the preserve and they help maintain the trails and improvements. Visitors seeking a quick outdoor experience can hike a short 30-minute loop trail from the parking area through a pine/hardwood forest. More ambitious trekkers can see all of the preserve. The longer trip requires a couple of stream crossings - you might get your feet wet - and can take from two or three hours. A 300-year flood caused by a tropical storm washed away two large footbridges.

In May, the dense clusters of pink flowers on mountain laurel reflect spectacularly on Peters Creek. A dam on Peters Creek at the beginning of the trail is over 100 years old. While it is very nice to look at, please STAY OFF the dam! An extensive wetlands mitigation project to remove fish barriers has routed the stream around the dam so there is no longer a pond above the dam except during heavy rains.

Motorized vehicles, horses, hunting, camping and fires are prohibited.