South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
Belvue Springs Heritage Preserve
Property LocationTravelers Rest, SC 29690
Latitude: 35.002 Longitude:-82.399
Property Type: Heritage Preserve - Natural
NO Hunting Allowed on Property
Hours of Operation
Open during daylight hours only. This preserve has no developed access. The small size and predominate sensitive wetlands restrict use. Visitation is allowed and research or group visits require a permit.
Activities / Facilities
Belvue Springs Heritage Preserve is entirely wooded and comprises 28 acres. More than 70 percent of the land is wetlands that include Piedmont seepage forest and beaver impoundments. The uplands are dominated by Virginia pine. Most of the wetlands are dominated by tulip poplar, but a more mature forest is found on the northwestern arm. The preserve exemplifies an upland Piedmont seepage forest, which contains a unique assemblage of rare, peripheral and disjunct species. In addition, a wide variety of ferns and orchids are found here. The property has old terraces and ditches, indicating a past agricultural use of the uplands. Privet has invaded much of the forests along the Enoree River. When the property was acquired, it had a problem with kudzu and English ivy, but those invasive, exotic plants have been controlled.
Two very rare plant species found at Belvue Springs are the federally endangered species bunched arrowhead and the federally threatened species dwarf-flowered heartleaf. Both of these plants are found only in a relatively small segment of North and South Carolina and occur nowhere else in the world. Shortleaf sneezeweed, a plant species of regional concern, is also found on the preserve.